Interfaith

Bigotry Alive for Christian Dalits

June 12, 2009

Author: Sunil Raman

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8090009.stm

Centuries ago, as their forefathers faced social and economic deprivation, many low-caste Hindus embraced Christianity.

But in one corner of southern India, their hopes for equality remain unfulfilled hundreds of years on. Called "pariahs", hundreds of Dalit Christians continue to face discrimination - not from Hindus but fellow Christians.

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200 Attend Interfaith Vigil At Holocaust Museum

June 12, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: JTA

http://jta.org/news/article/2009/06/12/1005839/200-come-to-interfaith-gathering-at-holocaust-museum

Some 200 people attended an interfaith gathering at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to mourn the death of security guard Stephen Johns.

Johns was killed Wednesday when a gunman, 88-year-old white supremacist James Von Brunn, entered the museum and opened fire...

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Anti-Faith, Anti-Government Violence a Toxic Mix

June 11, 2009

Author: Kevin Eckstrom

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=18245

In 1981, white supremacist James W. von Brunn tried to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve in a bid to overthrow a financial system he believed was controlled by Jews.

Experts say violent anti-Semitic outbursts, like von Brunn's shooting Wednesday (June 10) that killed a security guard inside the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, are often...

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Faith Leaders Press Obama On Torture Commission

June 11, 2009

Author: Tiffany Stanley

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=18246

Prominent religious officials led a march to the White House on Thursday (June 11), urging President Obama to form a "commission of inquiry" into interrogation practices under the Bush administration.

The clerics joined other senior religious leaders and supporters for a "public witness," forming a crowd clothed in robes, collars, hijabs...

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Third US Sikh-Catholic Dialogue Retreat

June 10, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Times

http://www.emgonline.co.uk/news.php?news=5560

Representatives of the World Sikh Council – America Region (WSC-AR) and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) met May 29-31, 2009 at St. Therese’s Retreat Center in Columbus, Ohio for a three-day Sikh-Catholic bilateral national interreligious retreat.

The objective of the retreat was for the Sikh and Catholic communities to further...

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Sikhs Continue to Face Conflict At the Hands Of the Taliban

June 10, 2009

Author: Aftab Mughal

Source: The Sikh Times

http://www.emgonline.co.uk/news.php?news=5554

Sikhs and other non-Muslims living in Pakistan are facing huge challenges at the hands of the Taliban,

The Bara-based Lashkar-e-Islam (LI, an Islamic militant group) has imposed jizya, an Islamic tax, on the non-Muslim communities, including Sikhs, Hindus and Christians living in the Khyber Agency, a tribal region of North West Frontier Post (NWFP) near...

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Blair Charity Launches Interfaith School Programme

June 9, 2009

Author: Paul Lauener

Source: Reuters

http://in.reuters.com/article/southAsiaNews/idINIndia-40173620090608

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair launched a project on Tuesday to get schoolchildren of different religions and countries talking to each other using video-conferencing.

The "Face to Faith" initiative, undertaken by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, will involve more than 1,000 secondary school students in Asia,...

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Blair's 'Religious Literacy' Call

June 9, 2009

Author: Sean Coughlan

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/8091098.stm

A global education programme designed to foster understanding between religions has been launched by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

The project, launched by the former prime minister, is intended to promote dialogue between young people from different faiths and backgrounds.

It argues that "religious literacy" is a "vital skill...

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Diana Eck Confirmed for RCCongress 2010

June 9, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: World Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2009/06/msg00054.html

Diana Eck

Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies and Frederic Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University

Director of The Pluralism Project

RCCongress 2010: Plenary Speaker on Pluralism

Diana L. Eck is Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies and Frederic Wertham Professor of Law...

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Okla. Braces for Challenge to Ten Commandments Law

June 9, 2009

Author: Sean Murphy

Source: The Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6467815.html

Backers of a new law authorizing a privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of Oklahoma's Capitol didn't get good news this week.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a similar display at the Haskell County...

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Sanskrit Mantra Opened Interfaith Picnic In Nevada

June 8, 2009

Author: Vikas Jaatyan

Source: Northern Voices Online

http://nvonews.com/2009/06/08/sanskrit-mantra-opened-interfaith-picnic-in-nevada/

Northern Nevada (USA) held its third annual interfaith community picnic in Reno on June seven with prayers in Sanskrit, Hebrew, Arabic, and Ennevada.

Christians (various denominations), Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Religious Science, Wicca, and others gathered in famous Rancho San...

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People Say Faith Schools Divisive

June 8, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/8089118.stm

A majority of people in the UK believe offering school places on grounds of religion is likely to undermine "community cohesion", claims a survey.

The Accord group, which campaigns against faith-based admissions, found 57% agreed with its suggestion that choosing by religion could be divisive.

The group accuses some faith schools...

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