Women

"The New Values Voters: Progressive Women," a Commentary by Cynthia Hess

March 30, 2009

Author: Cynthia Hess

Source: Religion Dispatches

http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/politics/1024/

The 2004 elections sparked a lot of discussion about the so-called “values voter,” someone who voted for conservative candidates based on their positions on issues like same-sex marriage and abortion. Progressives responded to all the talk about values by rejecting this narrow definition. They argued that the stances Americans...

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Bulgaria to Ban Religious Symbols In Schools

March 27, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Balkan Insight

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/main/news/17752/

The Bulgarian government has approved a draft bill banning the Muslim head-dress for women and other religious symbols in schools.

"We express our disagreement and bitterness with this decision," Hussein Hafazov of the Chief Mufti office told the Reuters news agency.

"It completely damages the rights as well as the responsibilities of Muslim...

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Having a Bat Mitzvah In Their 90s Because It’s a Hoot

March 21, 2009

Author: Christopher Maag

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/22/us/22batmitzvah.html?hp

Ann Simon is worried she might forget all the Hebrew words she has memorized to become a bat mitzvah, a Jewish girl marking the transition into religious adulthood.

Ms. Simon is no 12-year-old, though. At 94 she can be forgiven her fear that she might be seized by a senior moment or two as she stands on the bimah on Sunday to...

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Hijab Debate Lifts Veil On Limits Of Norway's Tolerance

March 20, 2009

Author: Valeria Criscione

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0320/p07s03-wogn.html

Norway's biggest headache right now is not the financial crisis. Rather, the predominantly Christian nation is plagued by a religious dilemma over the right of a Muslim woman to wear a hijab as part of her police uniform.

As the controversy has escalated, the country has seen the physical collapse of the justice minister, the...

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The Modern Monks Of Buryatia

March 19, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Russia Today

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,7922,0,0,1,0

In the Republic of Buryatia in Siberia, religions and cultures flow together, making a rich mix. It is in Buryatia that the heart of Russian Buddhism beats.

Buryat Buddhists have cherished most rituals which came here from Tibet more than four hundred years ago.

But if you imagine Lamas living in Siberian...

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Credit Union Apologizes to Woman Over Head Scarf

March 11, 2009

Author: Matt Zapotosky

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/10/AR2009031003981.html

Navy Federal Credit Union apologized yesterday to a Muslim woman who was asked to leave her place in line and be served in a back room at a branch in Southern Maryland because the head scarf she wore for religious reasons violated the institution's "no hats, hoods or sunglasses" policy...

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Muslim Woman Asked to Leave Line At Credit Union Because Of Head Scarf

March 10, 2009

Author: Matt Zapotosky

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/09/AR2009030902387.html?sub=AR

A Muslim woman was asked to leave her place in line at a credit union in Southern Maryland and be served in a back room because the head scarf she wore for religious reasons violated the institution's "no hats, hoods or sunglasses" policy, the woman said yesterday.
...

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Going Goddess

March 8, 2009

Author: Kevin Kinder

Source: Northwest Arkansas Times

http://www.nwanews.com/nwat/living/74657/

Why a month to celebrate goddesses?

Well, there are two main reasons. The first is standard. March is Women's History Month, and so it is fitting that women are celebrated then.

The second gets to the core of the Goddess Festival, a new event in Fayetteville, a little faster.

"We've been silent for too many years, and we've found our...

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HAF Joins Prominent Bangladesh Human Rights Group At United Nations Panel: Highlight Abuse Against Minority Women

March 6, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/?q=node/224

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) joined the Human Rights Congress for Bangladesh Minorities (HRCBM) and other prominent NGO's in addressing a panel discussion on violence against minority women and girls in Bangladesh at the United Nations on March 6. The meeting brought together NGO's in consultative relationships with the United Nations and...

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Islamic Group Questions Driver’s License Bill

March 5, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Journal Record

http://www.journalrecord.com/article.cfm?recid=96553

An American Islamic group asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday to determine whether legislation in Oklahoma and Minnesota prohibiting the wearing of religiously required head scarves in driver’s license photos is constitutional.

In Oklahoma, language was added to a measure in committee that would not allow “hats,...

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Women More Likely Than Men to Pray, Believe In God

March 3, 2009

Author: Elena Garcia

Source: The Christian Post

http://christianpost.com/Society/General/2009/03/women-more-likely-than-men-to-pray-believe-in-god-03/index.html

Women are more likely to profess belief in a God, pray and attend religious services than men, according to a new analysis of survey data.

Ahead of Women's History Month in March, the Pew Research Center's Forum on...

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Anti-Muslim Myths Shattered In US Study

March 3, 2009

Author: Karin Zeitvogel

Source: Middle East Online

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/culture/?id=30729

Muslim American women are educated, active in the workforce and on an equal footing with men in terms of income, according to a report released Monday, which analysts said chips away at myths associated with Islam.

"What we learned in the study is that US Muslim women are roughly equal to men and to women who are non-...

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Somali Student Group Protests Bare-Head ID Bill

March 2, 2009

Author: Erin Carlyle

Source: City Pages

http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2009/03/somali_student.php

A St. Cloud legislator's bill would require full exposure of the head and face in driver's license photos. A Somali group says the proposal would violate their freedom of religion.

State Rep. Steve Gottwalt, of St. Cloud, introduced the bill last month. The Somali United Movement, a group of college-aged Somalis working to improve...

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A Woman’s Place Is In the Mosque?

March 2, 2009

Author: Christopher Landau

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7915393.stm

The role that women play in mosques varies substantially around the Muslim world. Visits to two mosques in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, show just how different women's experiences can be.

The al-Seddeeq mosque, in a prosperous suburb of Cairo, stands in front of a park - unusual enough in an overcrowded city lacking much green space.

The...

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Chechen Leader Imposes Strict Islamic Code

March 2, 2009

Author: Lynn Berry

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/03/02/europe/chechen.php

The president of Chechnya emerged from afternoon prayers at a mosque and with chilling composure explained why seven young women who had been shot in the head deserved to die.

Ramzan Kadyrov said the women, whose bodies were found dumped by the roadside, had "loose morals"...

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