Interfaith

North Maluku’s Religious Sects Agree to Foster Peace

May 31, 2009

Author: Nurfika Osman

Source: The Jakarta Globe

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/north-malukus-religious-sects-agree-to-foster-peace/278423

Following three days of multicultural and interfaith discussions, religious leaders and the people of North Maluku have agreed to put the 1999 sectarian conflicts behind them and join forces to build a better future.

Amidhan, head of the Indonesian Council...

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Michigan Buddhist Groups Helped Plant 12,000 Trees

May 29, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: American Buddhist Net

http://www.americanbuddhist.net/michigan-buddhist-groups-helped-plant-12-000-trees

Members of a Zen Buddhist temple are among two northern Michigan Buddhist communities that joined 100 churches and temples in planting 12,000 trees across the Upper Peninsula in early May during the 2009 interfaith EarthKeeper Tree Project.

Volunteers planted the 12,000 trees by...

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Muslim Sage Recites Hindu Scriptures In Uttar Pradesh

May 29, 2009

Author: Pawan Kumar Shah

Source: Silver Scorpio/ANI

http://silverscorpio.com/muslim-sage-recites-hindu-scriptures-in-uttar-pradesh/

A Muslim sage in Uttar Pradesh has been reciting holy Hindu scriptures at religious functions.

Yasin Bharti, the Muslim sage, resides in the Khoonipur block of Pipraich area.

Yasin not only has complete knowledge about the Quran, but has equal knowledge about Ramayan and...

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Southwest Families Discover Hidden Jewish Roots

May 27, 2009

Author: Amy Klein

Source: Religion News Service

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

Growing up in Wyoming to Catholic and Protestant parents, Isabelle Medina-Sandoval watched the women in her family practice strange customs—washing off babies’ baptismal water and setting aside some dough when they made tortillas.

“As a...

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AMV Woodland Annual (2009) Peace Picnic Draws Large Multi-Faith Crowd

May 26, 2009

Author: Khalid Saeed

Source: American Muslim Voice

http://www.amvphoto.amuslimvoice.org/html/woodland_picnic_2009.html

American Muslim Voice Woodland chapter held its second annual multi-faith peace picnic on Saturday, May 23, 2009, at Fren Park. Like last year, the picnic was well attended by different faith and ethnic groups. It attracted people near and far.

AMV Woodland chapter President Muhammad Usman Sadiq was MC of...

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Three Faiths Mingle During Day Of Outreach

May 26, 2009

Author: Debra Rubin

Source: New Jersey Jewish News

http://www.njjewishnews.com/njjn.com/052809/sxThreeFaithsMingle.html

In an afternoon devoted to music, discussion, and food, hundreds of Jews, Muslims, and Christians discovered they had more in common than what divided them.

The participants in the May 17 Interfaith Ride of Discovery traveled from Temple B’nai Shalom in East Brunswick to St. Bartholomew Catholic...

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Justices to Decide If Vets Can Be Honored With Cross

May 25, 2009

Author: Audrey Hudson

Source: The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/may/25/aclu-dead-wrong-on-cross/#

Some see it as the universal symbol of sacrifice in World War I, others see it as the undisputed sign of Christianity, but it will be up to the Supreme Court to make a final determination as to whether a 7-foot cross remains standing in a California desert to memorialize war veterans.

The cross was...

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Bible Texts Misused In Rumsfeld Reports, Religious Leaders Say

May 25, 2009

Author: Manya A. Brachear

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-bible25-2009may25,0,163380.story

One passage plucked from the New Testament's Epistle to the Ephesians instructs believers to "put on the full armor of God."

An excerpt from the Old Testament's Isaiah directs them to "open the gates that the righteous nation may enter."

As American troops...

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Thai Insurgency Takes Toll On Both Buddhists, Muslims

May 24, 2009

Author: Denis D. Gray

Source: USA Today

Wire Service: AP

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-05-23-buddhist-muslim_N.htm

The young Muslim man says he watched helplessly as soldiers broke his father's bones and punctured his lungs with vicious kicks. After seven hours of relentless torture the Muslim religious leader died cradled in his lap.

In a nearby village, a 7-year-old Buddhist...

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Hindus & Jews Want Australian Parliament to Shift to Multi-Faith Opening Prayers

May 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Web Newswire

http://www.webnewswire.com/node/454861

Rajan Zed, acclaimed Hindu statesman; and Rabbi Jonathan B. Freirich, prominent Jewish leader in Nevada and California in USA; in a joint statement, said that since Australian Parliament represented every Australian irrespective of religion/denomination, it was quite befitting in this increasingly diverse nation to do a rotation of prayers representing major religions and aboriginal...

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Bomb Case Raises Issue Of Islam In Jails

May 23, 2009

Author: Gary Fields and Suzanne Sataline

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124303841574048865.html

The possibility that the alleged New York bomb plotters converted to Islam in prison and adopted radical views could provide evidence of how the criminal-justice system can be fertile ground for terrorist recruitment.

Authorities said they believed all four men charged in the attack were Muslim and that some...

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Lawmaker Wants to Make 2010 'Year Of the Bible'

May 22, 2009

Author: Victoria McGrane

Source: POLITICO

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/22832.html

When the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, 2009, Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) hopes you’ll be ringing in “the Year of the Bible.”

It’s probably just wishful thinking.

Broun’s simple congressional resolution aimed at honoring the Good Book has produced a push-back of biblical proportion in the blogosphere, with...

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