Interfaith

St Mary's Catholic College Turns Away Muslim Teacher Wearing Veil

June 30, 2009

Author: Russell Jenkins

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/education/article6606035.ece

A teacher was barred from joining students on a visit to a Roman Catholic sixth-form college because she refused a request to remove her Muslim veil.

She was accompanying two teenage girls on an open day to see if they wanted to study for their A levels at St Mary’s College, in...

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Aussie Army Welcomes Sikhs

June 30, 2009

Author: Eleni Hale

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/aussie-army-welcomes-sikhs

Special helmets that accommodate turbans and uniforms incorporating burkas are part of a push to build a more diverse Australian Army.

Army chiefs are hoping to attract bigger numbers of multicultural recruits, especially those of Arabic and Indian descent.

Among the changes being considered are specially designed helmets that fit turbans...

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Ayodhya Attack Report Submitted

June 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8125927.stm

A report on the 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid mosque, which sparked nationwide communal riots, has been submitted to the Indian government.

The Liberhan commission was set up to investigate the events that led to a Hindu mob tearing down the disputed mosque in the town of Ayodhya.

The commission has taken 17 years to complete its...

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German Town Marks 700-Year Anniversary With Programs At Baha'i Temple

June 29, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/721

The European Baha’i House of Worship – the most prominent landmark in a wide area around Langenhain – was the site of events this month celebrating the 700-year anniversary of the village.

The mayor of Hofheim, of which Langenhain is a part, and more than 300 townspeople gathered at the temple where a choir from Langenhain sang Christian psalms,...

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Fearful Christians Pretend to Be Hindu

June 29, 2009

Author: Shaikh Azizur Rahman

Source: The National

http://www.thenational.ae/article/20090629/FOREIGN/706289896/1103/NEWS

Christians in the state of Orissa are pretending to be Hindus to protect themselves from militants who continue to threaten them nearly 10 months after a wave of sectarian violence.

Orissa’s Christian leaders reported this week that in some remote villages of Kandhamal district Christian families...

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Hindus & Jews Want Separation Of Church And State In Denmark

June 29, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Duniyalive.com

http://www.duniyalive.com/?p=40565

Hindus and Jews have urged for separation of church and state in Denmark, where currently The Danish National Church is a state church.

Rajan Zed, acclaimed Hindu statesman; and Rabbi Jonathan B. Freirich, prominent Jewish leader in Nevada and California in USA; in a statement in Nevada today, said that institution of state church breached the equality of religions and the...

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At Mosque Opening, Tensions Permeate Interfaith Gathering

June 28, 2009

Author: Michael Paulson

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/06/28/at_mosque_opening_tensions_permeate_interfaith_gathering/

The controversy over the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury Crossing has posed one of the biggest challenges to interfaith relations in Boston in years, and the tension was readily on...

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Buddhist Teacher Shot Dead In Thai South

June 28, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSBKK423415

A female Buddhist teacher was shot dead by suspected insurgents in Thailand's restive Muslim south on Sunday, police said.

Two gunmen riding a motorcycle fled after killing the 38-year-old victim on a road in Narathiwat province.

In an incident in the south on Saturday a suspected insurgent and two security officers died in a gun...

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Zen Buddhist Monk Aids Peace Efforts In Native Belfast

June 27, 2009

Author: Damien Okado-Gough

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Japan Times

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=9,8326,0,0,1,0

When the Zen monk Dogen Zenji returned to Japan from China in 1227 with the ideas that would become the Soto school of Zen, could he have imagined that centuries later, on the other side of the world, those very ideas would be used by people to try to overcome their society's deeply rooted conflict? Most likely not,...

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Wave Of Interfaith Programs Move Across St. Louis Like the Summer Heat

June 27, 2009

Author: Tim Townsend

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/columnists.nsf/keepthefaith/story/E9ACE69AF2B909F4862575E1007E830A?OpenDocument

Apparently, besides bringing near-100-degree temperature, a lot of sweat and huge air-conditioning bills, this summer's first heat wave is also bringing a wave of interfaith dialogue to St. Louis.

Last week...

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For Bahais, a Crackdown Is Old News

June 26, 2009

Author: Samuel G. Freedman

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/27/us/27religion.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

Sometimes during the past two weeks, making her rounds as a hospital resident, Dr. Saughar Samali has caught a glimpse of television news in a patient’s room or heard a bulletin on the radio in the family-practice office. Against her desire, against her better judgment, she has been plunged...

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Manufacturers Respond to the Demand for Modest Swimwear

June 26, 2009

Author: Michelle Chabin

Source: The Kansas City Star/Religion News Service

http://www.kansascity.com/255/story/1288422.html

Devora, an Orthodox Jewish woman, never felt comfortable in the sleek, revealing bathing suits sold at the stores she frequented in her native France or in her adopted Israel.

While she ordinarily wears fashionable skirts that fall below the knee and blouses that extend to her wrists, Devora, 31, was unable to find a...

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