Interfaith

Can Religion Improve Peace Prospects in the Middle East?

December 20, 2007

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1220/p13s03-lire.html

For some 60 years, attempts to craft a lasting peace for the Holy Land have fallen woefully short. As a new round of Israeli-Palestinian talks gets under way, some leaders from the region are insisting that it's time to include a religious dimension in the peace process.

It is the Holy Land, after all, they say, with history and...

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Malaysia May Create Department for Non-Muslim Affairs

December 19, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hinduism Today/newsoneair.com

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2007/12/20.shtml#2

Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi has said he will look into ethnic Indians' demand for setting up a separate department for Non-Muslim affairs in the country. Mr. Abdullah said in Kuala Lumpur that there are already various government committees and panels in existence that look after the affairs of non-Muslims in this multi-ethnic,...

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NYC Hails Muslim 'Good Samaritan'

December 18, 2007

Author: Alastair Lawson

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7149916.stm

A Muslim Bangladeshi student is to be honoured by the mayor of New York on Wednesday for helping three Jewish people who were being beaten up.

Hassan Askari has been described as a "latter-day Good Samaritan" for coming to the aid of the three, who were attacked earlier this month.

Green Bay Mayor: No More Holiday Displays for Time Being

December 17, 2007

Author: Mike Hoeft

Source: Green Bay Press Gazette

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071217/GPG0101/71217010/1206/GPGnews

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt has declared a moratorium on any more religious displays atop a City Hall overhang until the City Council can take up the issue at Tuesday’s meeting.

With a pagan Wiccan wreath knocked off the roof by a...

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Dialogue Effort is Largest of its Kind

December 16, 2007

Author: Sandi Dolbee

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20071216-9999-1m16faith.html

AN DIEGO – In what is being described as the first such effort of its kind, two major Jewish and Muslim groups will launch “serious education programs” in the United States and Canada aimed at bridging a divide formed from centuries of animosity over land, politics and religion.
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National Media Bring Focus to Toledo Area's Muslims

December 14, 2007

Author: DAVID YONKE

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071214/NEWS10/712140329/0/NEWS32

The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, with its twin minarets and golden geodesic dome, towers over the landscape in the southern outskirts of Toledo.

Unlike the striking architecture of the mosque, however, the nearly 6,000 Muslims living in greater Toledo do not stand apart from...

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Bravery of Interfaith Leaders Gives Abducted Chance at Life

December 13, 2007

Author: Judy Gerstel

Source: The Star

http://www.thestar.com/living/article/284939

Every year Father John Fraser, the Canadian Catholic priest whose family in Toronto's Beach help to support his mission and his radio station in Uganda, organizes a Christmas party for the Aboke girls.

At the party are the 16 girls who returned to the Aboke convent school after years in sexual slavery. Also in attendance are some of the more than 100 others also...

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Lighting of Menorah a Joint Effort

December 12, 2007

Author: Isaac Arnsdorf

Source: Yale Daily News

http://www.yaledailynews.com/articles/view/22845

For the first time in recent memory, the diverse organizations representing Yale’s Jewish community came together over the weekend for a single event — a festive menorah-lighting on Beinecke Plaza on Sunday evening.

The Jewish heritage organization Chabad at Yale sponsored and coordinated the event — which celebrated the sixth...

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British Muslims Say: Put Christ Back in Christmas

December 12, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1212/p06s01-woeu.html

Muslim leaders joined Britain's equality watchdog Monday in urging Britons to enjoy Christmas without worrying about offending non-Christians.

"It's time to stop being daft about Christmas. It's fine to celebrate and it's fine for Christ to be star of the show," said Trevor...

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Interfaith Advisers Find Common Ground Through New Legal Initiative

December 12, 2007

Author: Sam Forrest

Source: Religious Intelligence

http://www.religiousintelligence.co.uk/news/?NewsID=1317

Advisers to the UK’s main faith groups have met for the first time marking the launch of a unique legal network designed to tackle the interface between law and religion.

The first of its kind in the UK, the Interfaith Legal Adviser Network has been established by Cardiff Law School’s Centre of Law and Religion. The...

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"Culture Corner: Jewish-Muslim Alternative Spring Break," a Commentary by Lindsay Katona

December 10, 2007

Author: Lindsay Katona

Source: KOACH

http://www.koach.org/koc_5768_tevet_culture.htm

Never could I have possibly imagined a trip that would end with Jews and Muslims sharing their meals in the kosher cafeteria. Or with Muslims asking me if I am coming to Shabbat dinner on Friday night. Or with Jewish students sitting around a bonfire shouting "Takbir," an exclamation Muslims use to proclaim the greatness of Allah.

Last October, Sam Krentzman,...

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