Interfaith

White House Faith Office Answers Critics

February 11, 2010

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: Religion News Service

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

The White House’s faith-based office is defending itself against critics who complain that not much has changed since President Bush was in office.

In recent weeks, the complaints against the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships have mounted....

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Man Faces Prosecution for Taking Daughter to Church

February 11, 2010

Author: Jackie Walker

Source: The Houston Chronicle/Religion News Service

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6863014.html

A Chicago man could face prosecution for violating a restraining order by taking his 3-year-old daughter to church.

Joseph Reyes, 35, converted from Catholicism to Judaism when he married his wife, Rebecca. According to Rebecca Reyes, they agreed to raise their daughter Jewish. But when the...

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Religions See Human Suffering As Mystery, Faith As Part Of Answer

February 11, 2010

Author: Sarah Delaney

Source: Catholic News Service

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1000585.htm

The fact that human beings must endure illness, grow old and experience pain in body and spirit is a mystery that all the major religious seek to understand, said speakers at a Vatican conference.

Representatives of various faiths who gathered at the Vatican Feb. 9 to discuss the nature of illness and the care of the sick...

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Row Over Plan to Build Jewish Museum Of Tolerance On Site Of Muslim Cemetery

February 10, 2010

Author: Rory McCarthy

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/10/jewish-museum-tolerance-muslim-cemetery

A group of Palestinians descended from 15 of Jerusalem's oldest Arab families lodged a protest with the UN today in a fresh effort to prevent the construction of a "Museum of Tolerance" on the site of an ancient Muslim cemetery.

The project, run by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los...

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Hate Crime Group Aims to Build Up Multi-Faith Harmony

February 9, 2010

Author: Emily Parsons

Source: The Daily Gazette

http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/4995414.Hate_crime_group_aims_to_build_up_multi_faith_harmony/

Hate crime is being tackled in north Essex using Government funding to overcome terrorism.

Colchester and Tendring crime and disorder partnerships received funding under the Government’s Prevent programme, which aims to develop community and faith...

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Jewish-Muslim Study Course Grounds Interfaith Dialogue In Sacred Text

February 9, 2010

Author: Sue Fishkoff

Source: JTA

http://jta.org/news/article/2010/02/09/1010531/jewish-muslim-study-course-grounds-interfaith-dialogue-in-sacred-text

Judaism is a harsh, exacting faith condemning rebellious children to death by stoning. Islam exhorts Muslims to kill non-believers.

Neither statement, according to many Jewish and Muslim scholars, is true. But they are among the...

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Ecumenical Outcry Follows Coptic Christian Killings

February 9, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Christian Century

http://www.christiancentury.org/article.lasso?id=8181

The drive-by gunfire killing of six Coptic Christians in Egypt at their church on January 6, the eve of their Christmas celebration, has drawn widespread shock from the Vatican and church leaders in Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

Jerusalem Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan has denounced the killing of the Christians and a Muslim...

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Billboards On Tampa Bay Roads Duel Over Existence Of God

February 8, 2010

Author: Dong-Phuong Nguyen

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.tampabay.com/news/religion/billboards-on-tampa-bay-roads-duel-over-existence-of-god/1071537

A group representing people who do not believe in God or any gods has revved up an awareness campaign in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

The United Coalition of Reason paid to have two billboards erected that feature a...

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Ismaili Muslim Students Establish Group, Work for Interfaith Dialogue

February 8, 2010

Author: Vidushi Shrimali

Source: The Daily Texan

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/university/ismaili-muslim-students-establish-group-work-for-interfaith-dialogue-1.2142517

For the small group of students trying to create the Ismaili Muslim Students Association, the third time’s the charm.

Since 2004, various students have unsuccessfully tried to start the association...

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Comforting Haiti Through Interfaith Dialogue

February 6, 2010

Author: Mirko Petricevic

Source: The Record

http://news.therecord.com/Life/faith/article/667295

When a group of local Muslims dropped into the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario’s office to help make comforters for Haiti earthquake victims, it wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment goodwill gesture.

The Kitchener-based relief agency and local Muslims have been getting together regularly for almost three years.

The interfaith...

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Democrats Push to Repeal Religious Dress Ban In Schools

February 5, 2010

Author: Melica Johnson

Source: KATU News

http://www.katu.com/news/local/83691437.html

A decades-old law banning teachers from wearing religious clothing in public classrooms received vigorous debate Friday during a public hearing on the 1923 law.

Democrats are leading the charge to lift the ban because they say it is unconstitutional and discriminatory. In a move to make their proposed law more palatable to critics of repealing the ban,...

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Religions Unite

February 5, 2010

Author: W. Brice McVicar

Source: The Intelligencer

http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2435710

Belleville's religious diversity was centre stage late last month as more than 80 people gathered to celebrate World Religions Day.

Celebrated on the third Sunday of each January, World Religions Day dates back to the 1950s when the Baha'i began its celebrations. The day has expanded into other faiths over the years and, for the...

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Court to Stage Debate On Religious Freedom

February 5, 2010

Author: Ary Hermawan

Source: The Jakarta Post

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/02/05/court-stage-debate-religious-freedom.html

The Constitutional Court will see one of its longest hearings as it becomes a forum for clerics, activists, pundits and artists to debate whether the country should revoke a 45-year-old blasphemy law to uphold freedom of religion.

The court opened Thursday the first hearing...

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