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As the Vatican Begins Investigation, a Smithsonian Exhibit Celebrates Nuns’ Accomplishments

February 12, 2010

Author: Daniel Burke

Source: Kansas City Star/Religion News Service

http://www.kansascity.com/255/story/1744597.html

Ever since the first Catholic nuns set out for America nearly 300 years ago, their sisterhood has been besieged by pirates, attacked by nativists, bullied by lumberjacks, swarmed by mosquitoes, harangued by bishops, robbed by bandits, hemmed in by black habits and laden with headgear the size of large birds.

As a new exhibit at...

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Troubled Woman Finds Peace as a Buddhist Nun

February 5, 2010

Author: Yonat Shimron

Source: Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/255/story/1730128.html

The Venerable Lhundub Tendron wasn’t always a Buddhist nun. For most of her life, she wasn’t even a Buddhist.

She was Leslie Inman, a New Orleans native living in Charlotte, N.C., who was separated from her husband and searching, not very consciously, for inner peace.

She found it in a meditation group that taught her the...

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Democrats Push to Repeal Religious Dress Ban In Schools

February 5, 2010

Author: Melica Johnson

Source: KATU News

http://www.katu.com/news/local/83691437.html

A decades-old law banning teachers from wearing religious clothing in public classrooms received vigorous debate Friday during a public hearing on the 1923 law.

Democrats are leading the charge to lift the ban because they say it is unconstitutional and discriminatory. In a move to make their proposed law more palatable to critics of repealing the ban,...

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France Refuses a Citizenship Over Full Islamic Veil

February 3, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8494860.stm

The French government has refused to grant citizenship to a foreign national on the grounds that he forced his wife to wear the full Islamic veil.

The man, whose current nationality was not given, needed citizenship to settle in the country with his French wife.

But Immigration Minister Eric Besson said this was being refused because he was depriving his...

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Swiss Court Upholds Basketball Headscarf Ban

January 28, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8484890.stm

A Muslim woman has failed to overturn a ban stopping her from wearing a headscarf during league basketball matches in Switzerland.

Sura al-Shawk, 19, was told she could not wear a headscarf by the basketball association (ProBasket) in August 2009.

A local court in Lucerne has upheld the ruling on safety grounds. ProBasket also argued the sport needed to stay...

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French Panel: Ban Burqas In Public Buildings

January 26, 2010

Author: El

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122970914

A commission in France recommended Tuesday that the full Islamic veil, or burqa, be outlawed in public buildings such as schools and hospitals.

For the past six months, a debate over the burqa has embroiled the country — and it's not over yet.

The debate erupted last summer when President Nicolas Sarkozy abruptly...

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Female Priests Defy Catholic Church, Hope to Change It

January 23, 2010

Author: Katie Balestra

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/22/AR2010012202919.html

Inside a red brick house in Falls Church, Bridget Mary Meehan placed a silver chalice of wine and a plate of flatbread on the coffee table in her living room and prepared to lead a sacred, forbidden ceremony.

"As we gather around this table, this intimate little house church...

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2nd Global Sikh Civil Rights Conference Highlights Challenges And Progress Of the Global Sikh Community

January 21, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: United Sikhs

http://www.unitedsikhs.org/PressReleases/PRSRLS-21-01-2010-00.html

Meeting for three days from December 18-20th, Sikhs from all over the world gathered in Toronto at the 2nd Global Sikh Civil Rights Conference: Preserving Our Past and Investing in Our Future, to discuss three topics of current concern: Sikh Civil and Human Rights, Women's Rights, and Sikh Leadership. Speakers and participants...

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French Leaders Push for Ban Of Muslim Dress In Public Places

January 16, 2010

Author: Edward Cody

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/15/AR2010011503775.html

France, which regards itself as the cradle of human rights, is moving to impose legal restrictions on Muslim women who wear Afghan-style burqas or other full-face veils.

The restrictions, likely to apply to many public places, come in response to resentment in France and other...

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Massachusetts College Alters Policy Banning Face Coverings

January 8, 2010

Author: Cassie Spodak, Jamie Guzzardo and Yvonne Kalawur

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/01/08/massachusetts.security.policy/index.html

A Massachusetts college has modified a controversial security policy after criticism it infringed on the religious rights of students, a school official said Friday.

The policy originally banned any head covering that obscured the student's face while engaged in student...

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Muslims Question Full-Body Search Of Woman In Head Scarf

January 7, 2010

Author: Oralandar Brand-Williams

Source: The Detroit News

http://detnews.com/article/20100107/METRO01/1070413/Muslims-question-full-body-search-of-woman-in-head-scarf

A national Muslim civil rights group is asking the Transportation Security Administration for clarification on whether Muslim women wearing Islamic head scarves, or hijabs, will be singled out for additional security checks...

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