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State Department Criticizes Iran for Persecuting Religious Minorities

March 13, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/03/13/us.iran.religious.persecution/index.html

The State Department condemned Iran's persecution of religious minorities on Friday following the Iranian authorities' detention of Baha'is and Christians in recent months.

Iranian authorities have detained more than 45 Baha'is in the last four months, and as many as 60 Baha'is are imprisoned in...

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One Jewish And One Muslim Holiday to Be Added to School Calendar

March 11, 2010

Author: Matt Sutkoski

Source: Burlington Free Press

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The Burlington School Board has voted to add two holidays to future school calendars to give students time off on Jewish and Muslim holy days, but board members say the changes won’t lengthen the school year.

The board approved the chances Tuesday by an 8-1 vote.

The additions will give...

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Malaysia Hindu Wins Custody Row With Muslim Spouse

March 11, 2010

Author: Eileen Ng

Source: Connecticut Post

Wire Service: AP

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A Malaysian court Thursday granted an ethnic Indian woman custody of her child in a bitter dispute with her Muslim-convert husband, in a ruling that could ease religious minorities' worries about their legal rights.

Malaysia has a two-tier court system for family matters — secular...

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Official: 122 Iraqi Christian Families Return to Mosul

March 11, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: TREND

http://en.trend.az/regions/met/iraq/1652588.html

Some 122 Christian families have returned to the troubled northern Iraqi city of Mosul since the March 7 parliamentary elections, a local official said Thursday.

Representatives of the city's Christian population had earlier told the German Press Agency dpa that some 250 Christian families had fled following a string of deadly attacks targeting the...

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New Study Sorts Through Obama-Muslim Myth

March 10, 2010

Author: Robbie Brown

Source: The New York Times

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/10/new-study-sorts-through-obama-muslim-myth/

A new academic study finds that Americans who believed during the 2008 campaign that Barack Obama was a Muslim generally held tight to that misconception, despite efforts by the media, fact-checking Web sites and his own campaign to debunk the myth.

The number...

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Faith-Based Panel Submits Recommendations As Some Issues Remain Unsolved

March 9, 2010

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: The Pew Forum/Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=19801

A White House advisory council on Tuesday (March 9) submitted 164 pages of recommendations on ways the federal government can better partner with faith-based groups in tackling a host of social problems, from poverty to improving interfaith relations.

Still, some of the thorniest issues surrounding public-private...

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Hundreds Slaughtered In Nigeria Religious Violence

March 8, 2010

Author: Ahmed Saka and Jon Gambrell

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

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Rioters armed with machetes slaughtered more than 200 people including a 4-day-old infant, residents said, less than two months after sectarian violence in the volatile region left more than 300 dead.

One aid worker said Monday it was difficult to tell how many people had been killed...

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Malaysia Opposition Fires Lawmaker In 'Allah' Spat

March 7, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

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Malaysia's opposition has fired an outspoken lawmaker who broke ranks with his party in a religious dispute over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims, party officials said Sunday.

The move follows weeks of turmoil in opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's three-party alliance, which is battling...

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Malaysia Muslim Mag Sorry for Offending Christians

March 6, 2010

Author: Sean Yoong

Source: Yahoo News

Wire Service: AP

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A Malaysian magazine apologized Saturday for upsetting Christians after it published an article researched by two Muslims who pretended to be Roman Catholics and took Communion in a church.

The apology is likely to soothe frustrations among religious minorities who feel that overzealous government authorities...

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Women Of Faith Hope to Spread Ripples Of Peace

March 4, 2010

Author: Michelle Bearden

Source: Tampa Bay Online

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/mar/04/na-women-of-faith-hope-to-spread-ripples-of-peace/

What happens when you put Muslim, Christian and Jewish women in the same room to pray for peace?

"A lot of collective positive energy goes out into the universe," says Sister Anne Dougherty, a Franciscan nun who works at Academy Prep Center of Tampa.

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