Hinduism

New Jersey Schools Recognize 75 Religious Holidays

September 8, 2006

Source: Star-Ledger

http://www.nj.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news-8/1157697998222550.xml?starledger?ntop&coll=1

On September 8, 2006 the Star-Ledger reported, "To keep her perfect attendance record, Tahera Ali's 13-year-old daughter used to go to school for only a couple of hours on the Islamic Day of Ashurah, getting out just in time to attend prayers for what is a holy day of sorrow. 'We wear all black on...

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Hinduism No Barrier, it Seems, to Keeping Job as Priest in Church of England

September 8, 2006

Author: Ruth Gledhill

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article631958.ece

A PRIEST with the Church of England who converted to Hinduism has been allowed to continue to officiate as a cleric.

The Rev David Hart’s diocese renewed his licence this summer even though he had moved to India, changed his name to Ananda and daily blesses a congregation of Hindus with fire previously offered up to Nagar,...

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Documentary on Sikh Widows of 1984 Massacre Created as a Catalyst for Change

September 6, 2006

Source: The Gazette

http://www.gazette.net/stories/090606/entevis145634_31944.shtml

On September 6, 2006 The Gazette reported, "Anger inspired Harpreet Kaur to make a movie. And if this Gaithersburg High School alumna has her way, 'The Widow Colony' will help shake up the Sikh community and the Indian government — and lead them to help change the lives of about 1,200 women and their children now living in a New Delhi slum. The award-winning documentary will...

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Jews, Jains, Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims Hail Decision Prohibiting Exams on Religious Holidays

September 5, 2006

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/story/449389p-378270c.html

On September 5, 2006 the New York Daily News reported, "A Queens state senator and an array of clergy yesterday hailed a new law that prohibits the state Education Department from scheduling statewide exams during religious holidays. 'The law is now on your side,' declared state Sen. John Sabini (D-Queens). The law was spurred after statewide English exams for...

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Venerable Dhammananda Remembered for Promoting Interfaith Harmony

September 4, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=56,3115,0,0,1,0

On September 4, 2006 The Buddhist Channel reported, "Thousands converged at the Buddhist Maha Vihara in Kuala Lumpur to bid farewell to Rev Dhammananda... The late Venerable Dr Rev K. Sri Dhammananda - Chief High Priest of Malaysia and Singapore - was a man who dedicated his life to promoting peace, understanding and harmony. 'Rev Dhammananda served not only the Buddhist...

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In London, Police Community Engagement Program Invites Tariq Ramadan, Representatives of Diverse Faiths, for Counter-Terror Hearings

September 4, 2006

Source: eGov Monitor

http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/7409

On September 4, 2006 eGov Monitor reported, "'Counter-Terrorism: The London Debate' is the [Metropolitain Police Authority]'s programme of community engagement to counter terrorism. The third hearing in the programme will be held on Thursday 7 September 2006, when invited representatives from faith groups will be able to recount their experiences of terrorism and counter-terrorism to the MPA. Toby Harris, chair of the MPA...

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New Zealand's Green Party: "State Schools Should Advance Religious Tolerance"

September 4, 2006

Source: Scoop Independent News

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0609/S00067.htm

On September 4, 2006 Scoop Independent News reported, "Green MP Keith Locke has concerns that Christian prayers in state school assemblies do not take account of the greater diversity in religious belief that is evident among New Zealanders today. Mr Locke, the Green Party's Human Rights Spokesperson, was responding to the decision to ditch the proposed guidelines for teaching religion in...

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UK Religious Leaders to Hold Conference on Honor Killings

September 4, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/5311244.stm

On September 4, 2006 BBC News reported, "Of 500 Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Muslims questioned, a 10th said they would condone the murder of someone who disrespected their family's honour. Figures show 13 people die every year in honour killings, but police and support groups believe it is many more. Religious leaders said they would hold a national conference on the issue. Honour killing is a brutal...

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In Textbook Dispute, Both Sides Claim Victory

September 2, 2006

Source: Inside Bay Area

http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_4279457?source=rss

On September 2, 2006 Inside Bay Area reported, "A Superior Court judge ruled Friday that the state Board of Education is not required to throw out copies of sixth-grade social studies textbooks, but agreed that the process used to adopt the books was not a fair and open one. The decision was based on a lawsuit brought against the Board of Education by the Hindu American Foundation in March. The...

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California Court Upholds Claim of Hindu American Foundation Regarding Illegal Process, but Retains Textbooks

September 1, 2006

Source: Hindu American Foundation press release

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_california_lawsuit_decision.htm

On September 1, 2006 a Hindu American Foundation press release reported, "The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) prevailed today in its legal action on behalf of Hindu parents from California against the California School Board of Education (SBE). But in a mixed ruling, the demand by HAF that the...

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Hindu American Foundation Responds to Rep. Harris' Comments on Separation of Church and State

September 1, 2006

Source: Hindu American Foundation Press Release

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_harris.htm

On September 1, 2006 a Hindu American Foundation Press Release reported, "Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL) recent remarks stating that the separation of church and state is a 'lie' and that the election of non-Christians would 'legislate sin' drew sharp criticism from the Hindu American Foundation (HAF). In an interview for the weekly...

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Singapore's Biennale 2006 Focuses on Belief, Diversity

September 1, 2006

Source: The Korea Times

http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/culture/200609/kt2006090317523511700.htm

On September 1, 2006 The Korea Times reported, "In this small tropical city-state with a population of four-million, synagogue and mosque are located just a few blocks away from each other while temples of Buddhist and Hindu traditions stand side by side. Making the best use of such a long-standing diversity in culture, religion and ethnic communities,...

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"Vande Mataram" Becomes a Source of Division in Diverse, Secular India

September 1, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5306618.stm

On September 1, 2006 BBC News reported, "When Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay wrote Vande Mataram, India's national song in 1876, he had no idea that it would one day generate such strong emotions. To sing or not to sing Vande Mataram - that is the dilemma confronting India now as the country prepares to celebrate the song's centenary. At the opposite ends of the spectrum are the Hindu and Muslim hardline...

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