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Yuletide Traditions

Author: Elizabeth Huff

Source: Battle Creek Enquirer

Homes were once warmed by a fire in the hearth, and it was tradition to save the first log of the season to be burned in a Yule celebration.

Over time, fewer and fewer homes were built with a fireplace and the tradition faded.

Yet in small pockets of the community, the tradition remains.

At Sacred River Moon Metaphysical Spiritual Center in Battle Creek, Yuletide celebrations continue.

Christi Fleming, also known as Crowfox, is a high priestess at Sacred River Moon. She explained that during the Dec. 22 winter solstice – which is the shortest and darkest day of the year – family and friends gather for Yule Sabbat.

According to, Yule was the winter solstice celebration of the Germanic pagans. In Wicca, a form of the holiday is observed as one of the eight solar holidays, or sabbats, where Yule is celebrated on the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere on Dec. 21.

Yusef Islam Becomes First Muslim Chaplain to be Honored by Associated Chaplains in California State Service

Source: Muslim Journal

On February 28, 2003 the Muslim Journal reported that the Associated Chaplains in California Sate Service, a professional consortium representing California State Chaplains of all faiths, honored retired Chaplain Yusef Islam with a Distinguished Service Award. He is the first Muslim Chaplain to receive this award.”

Zambo Folk to Mark Ramadan with Fear, Rights Group Avers

Author: Staff Writer

Source: GMA News

No thanks to ongoing military operations there, the Muslim community will observe “with fear” the holy month of Ramadan starting Sept. 13.

The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) said this Friday as it lamented the holy Islam month there will be met with “anguish and pain.”

“While historically it is looked forward with excitement and piety by the whole Islam world, today it shall be met with anguish and pain with its hounding blows of discrimination, terror-suspicion, virtual policy of degrading and inhuman treatment as a people of faith. In Zamboanga Peninsula, it shall be observed with fear in a situation of total military offensives and debilitating effects of evacuation,” it said in a statement.

It called on all warring parties to let up war as the Holy period of supplication for our Muslim brothers and sisters is observed.

The group also called for the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front to go back to the negotiating table and bear witness to the situation of people affected by war in designing plans for lasting peace.

Likewise, it called on religious groupings and churches to engage in truthful interfaith dialogue.

Zero Tolerance At Ground Zero

Author: Mohamed Elibiary and Amad Shaikh

Source: AltMuslim

A recent effort meant to heal the trauma many New Yorkers continue to feel from the tragic events of 9/11 by building a mosque near Ground Zero named Cordoba House has garnered a great deal of angst. Tensions reached a new low recently when Michael

Berry, a Texas radio show host, on air, urged his listeners to bomb the area if it is built. This, along with other charged allegations have been harnessed by Stop the Islamization of America and Tea Party Express Chairman Mark Williams, as an opportunity to express their extreme, arguably Islamophobic, views. 

9/11 has left physical and emotional scars on survivors, those who lost loved ones, the psyche of the city and the nation as a whole. Inflammatory remarks are not productive or conducive to a civil public debate. Discussions have lost sight of the motivations behind the proposal, and why, as Americans, we should take this opportunity to reflect on the events of 9/11 and develop a strategy for how to move forward our nation the only way possible, together.

Zhelev: “Non-Traditional” Religions Not a Threat Unless Threat to Public Order or Security

Source: The Sofia Echo

On March 12, 2004 The Sofia Echo published an interview with Ivan Zhelev, the Cabinet’s director of religious affairs, “about the split in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, and religious tolerance in Bulgaria.” When asked, “Do you think that the sects and their followers have decreased recently? To what extent does this phenomenon represent a threat to Orthodox religion in Bulgaria, and the people and statehood?” Zhelev replied, “The term ‘sect’ offends the ear of many people in Bulgaria due to its negative connotations. Therefore, I prefer to talk about non-traditional religions or religious doctrines, for example. It is a fact that some of them were discouraged by the indifference of Bulgarians towards their doctrine. These religions or doctrines are not dangerous if they do not teach ideas that could threaten public order and security, the health or lives of people. Such a threat has been tracked by competent authorities in the activities of some Islamic groups that are not traditional for our country, and measures were taken to neutralise them. But one way or another the state of religion in Bulgaria is comparatively stable.”