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Group Issues Southeastern Request to End Prayer At Graduation

May 11, 2009

Author: Jona Ison

Source: Chillicothe Gazette

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Southeastern Local Schools has received notice from a Washington group that it would be a violation of the Establishment Clause to include a prayer at the graduation ceremony.

Traditionally, the school has had a reverend deliver an invocation and benediction at the ceremony, but the practice recently was challenged by senior Jacob Davis. Davis, who raised his concerns in a Letter to the...

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Zuma Inaugurated As South African President After Sanskrit Chants

May 9, 2009

Author: Fakir Hassen

Source: The Gaea News

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A Hindu prayer started off the inauguration of South African President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings here Saturday.

As Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari joined heads of state of 28 other countries, South African Hindu Maha Sabha president Ashwin Trikamjee recited a few lines in Sanskrit before translating them into English and making a plea for divine...

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Queen’s Trinity Cross Honour Deemed Unlawful By Privy Council

May 8, 2009

Author: David Brown

Source: The Times

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/law/article6245144.ece

An honour established by the Queen has been declared unlawful after Muslims and Hindus complained that its Christian name and cross insignia were offensive.

The Trinity Cross of the Order of Trinity was established by the Queen 40 years ago to recognise distinguished service and gallantry in the former colony of...

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Pope Says He Has ‘Deep Respect’ for Muslims

May 8, 2009

Author: Rachel Donadio

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/09/world/middleeast/09jordan.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

Arriving in Jordan on his first trip to the Holy Land as pope, Benedict XVI on Friday expressed his “deep respect” for Muslims and his desire for the Roman Catholic Church to play a major role in fostering peace in the Middle East.

Benedict was greeted...

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Interfaith Alliance Praises President’s National Day Of Prayer Proclamation

May 7, 2009

Author: Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

Source: Interfaith Alliance

http://interfaithalliance.org/news/291-interfaith-alliance-praises-presidents-national-day-of-prayer-proclamation

Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy issued the following statement in response to the proclamation issued this afternoon by President Obama for the National Day of Prayer:

President Obama...

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U.S., Canada Show More Interfaith Cohesion Than Europe

May 7, 2009

Author: Adam Sitte

Source: GALLUP

http://www.gallup.com/poll/118273/Canada-Show-Interfaith-Cohesion-Europe.aspx

In its first annual report on the state of faith relations in countries spanning four continents, Gallup and the Coexist Foundation find Americans and Canadians are more likely than European respondents surveyed to be classified as "integrated."

Other key findings from The Gallup Coexist Index 2009: A...

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Survey: Jehovah's Witnesses Pray the Most Nationally

May 7, 2009

Author: Ann Rodgers

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09127/968315-51.stm

On this National Day of Prayer, a survey finds that Jehovah's Witnesses are the most likely Americans to pray daily, Catholics are just below average and 5 percent of atheists claim to pray daily.

"It's more likely [atheists] enjoy messing with the people doing the survey," said Stuart Bechman, president of the Atheist Alliance...

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Ford Workers Offer Prayers for Automaker At National Day Of Prayer Service

May 7, 2009

Author: Oralandar Brand-Williams

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/article/20090507/LIFESTYLE04/905070467/1041/LIFESTYLE04/Ford-workers-offer-prayers-for-automaker-at-National-Day-of-Prayer-service

Employees of Ford Motor Co. lifted the automaker and its workers up in prayer Thursday as part of an ecumenical service to mark the National...

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Reception Welcomes Faith-Based Director

May 7, 2009

Author: Hamil R. Harris

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/06/AR2009050601513.html

The John A. Wilson Building was filled with prayers, gospel music and clergy from across the area as D.C. Council members hosted a welcome reception for the Rev. Joshua Dubois, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

"You are...

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Many Faiths Share Stage At San Bernardino Prayer Breakfast

May 7, 2009

Author: Andrew Edwards

Source: The Sun

http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_12319138

Mayor Pat Morris and local spiritual leaders celebrated the city's religious diversity during the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Thursday.

"Adonai. Allah. Spirit. Yeshua. Savior. Mother Earth. Lord God. We use different names, but each implies a recognition that there is something beyond us, a higher power," said Rabbi Hillel Cohn of Temple Emanu El while delivering the invocation...

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HAF Leads Interfaith Effort to Shut Down Offensive Facebook Groups

May 6, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/?q=node/247

The Hindu American Foundation joined hands with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) to send the following letter to Facebook:

Facebook Elliot Schrage, Esq., Vice President of Communications and Public Policy 156 University Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94301-1605

May 6, 2009

Dear Mr....

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