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Op-Ed: "A Chinese Dissident's Faith" by Jim Hoagland

May 28, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/26/AR2006052601615.html

On May 28, 2006 The Washington Post ran an opinion piece by columnist Jim Hoagland. He writes, "By instinct and training, we journalists are suckers for political dissidents. Their struggles are the ultimate underdog stories, with prison terms or even death as the stakes. Editors reinforce reporters' instincts by awarding...

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European Churches Offer Hospitality to Many Muslim Immigrants

May 27, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/26/AR2006052601750.html

On May 27, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "They came politely to St. Hippolyte Catholic Church one Wednesday afternoon: the middle-aged mason from Algeria; the one-time farmer from Mali; the two young Mauritanians who had fled drought and despair stalking their desolate...

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Interfaith Gathering in Flint to Focus on Hunger

May 26, 2006

Source: The Flint Journal

http://www.mlive.com/news/fljournal/index.ssf?/base/news-36/114865510484350.xml&coll=5

On May 26, 2006 The Flint Journal reported, "The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan says fighting hunger is often a matter of faith. So at the food bank's prompting, representatives of several faiths will gather next month in Flint at First Presbyterian Church, 746 S. Saginaw St., for an interfaith service of...

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Bilateral Talks Held Between U.S. Sikhs and Catholics in New York

May 24, 2006

Source: SikhSangat.org

http://www.sikhsangat.org/publish/article_1052.shtml

On May 24, 2006 the SikhSangat.org reported, "Representatives of the World Sikh Council - America Region (WSC-AR) and the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) met for a landmark all-day Catholic-Sikh bilateral national interreligious consultation. The day-long meeting was hosted by Religions for Peace - USA at the Church Center at the United Nations. The objective of the meeting was for...

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India Objects to Pope's Comments

May 24, 2006

Source: Deccan Herald

http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/may242006/index2049532006523.asp

On May 24, 2006 Deccan Herald reported, "India on Tuesday told the Vatican that it disapproved Pope's criticism against banning conversions and his remarks of religious intolerance in the country. In a firm response to Pope Benedict XVI's remarks on religious intolerance in India, the Centre has expressed its 'displeasure' and said the Holy See was not...

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2,500 Indonesian Youth Pray Together for Peace in Interfaith Service

May 23, 2006

Source: catholic.org/UCA News

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=19942

On May 23, 2006 UCA News reported, "About 2,500 young people from six religions took part in an interfaith prayer service held to reinforce the climate of interreligious harmony in North Sulawesi province. The Interfaith Youth Celebration held May 15 was organized by the recently formed Interfaith Youth Forum of North Sulawesi. It took place at the...

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Confucianists Seek Religious Status in China

May 22, 2006

Source: United Press International

http://www.wpherald.com/print.php?StoryID=20060522-101524-8088r

On May 22, 2006 the United Press International reported, "Confucianists in Hong Kong are seeking inclusion among religions recognized by the Chinese government, on a par with Buddhism, Taosim, Christianity and Islam.

Tong Yun-kai, president of Hong Kong's Confucian Academy, is leading the campaign to register Confucianism as a major Chinese religion...

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Opinion: "How One School District Found Religion" by Emile Lester and Patrick S. Roberts

May 22, 2006

Source: USA Today

http://news.yahoo.com/s/usatoday/20060522/cm_usatoday/howoneschooldistrictfoundreligion

On May 22, 2006 USA Today published an opinion piece by religion professors Emile Lester and Patrick S. Roberts: "In 2000, the religiously diverse community [of Modesto in Northern California] took a risk and, in an almost unheard-of undertaking for a public school district, offered a required course on world religions and...

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Muslims in Jakarta March in Favor of Anti-Pornography Bill

May 22, 2006

Source: todayonline.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.todayonline.com/articles/119743.asp

On May 22, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Up to 100,000 people jammed streets in the Indonesian capital yesterday, shouting slogans and hoisting banners in support of a proposed anti-pornography law that critics fear will erode the mostly Muslim nation's secular traditions. The protesters, who arrived in buses organised by mosques and conservative...

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Interfaith Meeting in Swansea to Promote Peaceful Societies

May 21, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/5000986.stm

On May 21, 2006 BBC News reported, "Organisers of a conference bringing together religious and community leaders in Swansea say they hope to increase understanding among faiths. The public have been invited to Sunday's event, which will include addresses from representatives of six major faiths and an open debate. The meeting has been promoted with the motto 'Love for all, hatred for none.'...

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Iran Considers Religious Clothing Law

May 20, 2006

Source: cnews

Wire Service: AP

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Features/2006/05/20/1589977-ap.html

On May 20, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "A draft law being considered by Iran's parliament encourages the wearing of Islamic clothing to protect the country's Muslim identity, according to a copy of the bill obtained by The Associated Press on Saturday.

The 13-article bill, which received preliminary approval a week...

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Interfaith Habitat for Humanity House Dedicated in Toledo

May 20, 2006

Source: The Blade

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20060520&Category=NEWS10&ArtNo=605200322&SectionCat=&Template=printart

On May 20, 2006 The Blade reported, "Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sufis, B'hais, and more will join together in celebration tomorrow of something that members of these diverse faiths have in common: the...

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Rajasthan's Governor Refuses to Sign Religious Freedom Bill

May 19, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4996708.stm

On May 19, 2006 BBC News reported, "The state governor of India's western state of Rajasthan has refused to sign a contentious religious freedom bill.

Pratibha Patil's refusal comes amid widespread criticism of the bill, which would ban people from being converted to religions against their will.

The state assembly passed the bill, which would see offenders fined or...

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Toronto to Flaunt Religious Diversity in World's Fair Bid

May 17, 2006

Source: The Catholic Register

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=19880

On May 17, 2006 The Catholic Register reported, "If Toronto lands the 2015 World's Fair it should grab the opportunity to put its impressive religious diversity on display, religious leaders and city officials have told The Catholic Register.

Toronto plans to make a bid to the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions...

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