Interfaith

Germany’s Mega Passion Play Is Back, And Jews Are Watching Carefully

February 24, 2010

Author: Niels Sorrells

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/germanys_mega_passion_play_is_back_and_jews_are_watching/

With its focus on the last days of Jesus’ life, a Passion play should, by its nature, arouse passions. But here, the world’s most famous Passion play keeps stirring the wrong kind.

As it has almost every 10 years since...

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Faith Community Rallies Around Sikhs

February 24, 2010

Author: Joanne Shuttleworth

Source: The Guelph Mercury

http://news.guelphmercury.com/News/Local/article/601721

The faith community is rallying around the Guelph Sikh Society as it faces backlash to its proposal to build a Sikh temple in Guelph’s south end.

Eleven United Church ministers have written a letter supporting the Sikh community and chastising those whose opposition to the temple is racially motivated.

“I...

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Pakistani Hindus to Miss Holi Celebrations

February 23, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Zee News

http://www.zeenews.com/news606456.html

The few Pakistani Hindus, who have made the federal capital their home, will miss splashing colours at each other as they brace up for a quiet Holi.

Many of the Hindus, most of whom are businessmen from Sindh province, have taken on Muslim names and lead rather discreet lives here. 

"We have two Eids, too. One is Diwali, the other is Holi. We celebrate both...

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Voodooists Attacked At Ceremony for Haiti Victims

February 23, 2010

Author: Paisley Dodds

Source: MSNBC

Wire Service: AP

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35541950/ns/world_news-haiti_earthquake/

Angry crowds in a seaside slum attacked a group of Voodoo practitioners Tuesday, pelting them with rocks and halting a ceremony meant to honor victims of last month's deadly earthquake.

Voodooists gathered in Cite Soleil where thousands of quake survivors live in tents and...

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Civil Rights And the Wartime Supreme Court

February 22, 2010

Author: Dawinder S. Sidhu

Source: Supreme Court of the United States Blog

http://www.scotusblog.com/2010/02/civil-rights-and-the-wartime-supreme-court/

The following essay was written for our Race and the Supreme Court event by Dawinder S. Sidhu, a founding director of the Discrimination and National Security Initiative at Harvard University.  Mr. Sidhu’s work focuses on discrimination against Muslim-...

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Study On Religion Finds Young Adults Less Affiliated But Not Less Believing

February 22, 2010

Author: Mitchell Landsberg

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beliefs22-2010feb22,0,7143343.story?track=rss

Is faith losing its grip on the young?

That would be one way to read a new report by the respected Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, which found that more than one-quarter of Americans age 18 to 29 have no religious preference or affiliation, and fewer...

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MPAC Testifies Before Maryland State Legislature Supporting Workplace Religious Freedom Act

February 22, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=1041

Last week, Muslim Public Affairs Council Government Liaison Alejandro Beutel testified before the Maryland General Assembly's House Economic Matters Committee to express its support for the Maryland Workplace Religious Freedom Act (HB 381). MPAC testified alongside a coalition of Jewish, Christian and Sikh organizations.

Hindus And Muslims Offer Prayers for World Peace In Jammu

February 22, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: One India

http://news.oneindia.in/2010/02/22/hindusand-muslims-offer-prayers-for-world-peace-injammu.html

Shedding the barriers of faith, members of Hindu and Muslim communities offered prayers here on Sunday for world peace.

A group of ten priests conducted a Hindu fire ritual at the banks of Tawi river and it saw people from different faiths,...

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D.C. Center Teaches 6th-Graders About Islam

February 21, 2010

Author: Jamie Tarabay

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123946035

Most American schoolchildren learn about Islam in a social studies classroom. But at the Friends School in Baltimore, sixth-graders make their own mini-pilgrimage every year, to the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C.

As their bus rattles along the highway south to Washington, most of the kids are busy making up songs about each other....

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Voodoo Religion's Role In Helping Haiti's Quake Victims

February 21, 2010

Author: Henri Astier

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8517070.stm

A month before Haiti's devastating earthquake, prominent musician Theodore "Lolo" Beaubrun and a few friends were summoned by spirits who tried to warn them about the impending cataclysm.

"They told us to pray for Haiti because many people would die," says Mr Beaubrun -the frontman of the group Boukman Eksperyans.

"I thought it was about politics. I...

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Bomb Threat And Anti-Semitic Slur Delay Jewish-Themed Russian Opera Premiere

February 20, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: European Jewish Press

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.ejpress.org/article/news/42487

The premiere of a Jewish-themed opera in Saint Petersburg was delayed Thursday after an unknown person threatened to blow up the theatre, police said.   

The historic Mikhailovsky theatre had been due to present a staging of "The Jewess" by French composer Jacques Fromental Halevy when it received the...

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Curfew In Batala After Inter-Community Clashes

February 20, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20100221/main3.htm

Members of the Christian and Hindu communities clashed and vandalised public property here today over publication of a picture of Jesus Christ in an allegedly objectionable manner by a Delhi-based publisher and at a welcome gate erected for Ram Navmi celebrations at Jalandhar recently.

Indefinite curfew was clamped in Batala after the town’s...

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Myths Obscure Voodoo, Source Of Comfort In Haiti

February 19, 2010

Author: Samuel G. Freedman

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/20/world/americas/20religion.html

Barely 18 hours after an earthquake devastated Haiti on Jan. 12, the Rev. Pat Robertson supplied a televised discourse on the nation’s history, theology and destiny. Haiti has suffered, he explained, because its rebellious slaves “swore a pact with the devil” to overthrow...

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Interfaith Service In Delray Beach Remembers Haiti Earthquake Victims

February 18, 2010

Author: Julius Whigham II

Source: The Palm Beach Post

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/interfaith-service-in-delray-beach-remembers-haiti-earthquake-251730.html

More than a month has passed since the earthquake that devastated Haiti, but many members of the local Haitian community are still coming to terms with the impact of the disaster, Joseph Bernadel said tonight before an interfaith...

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