Interfaith

Rome Halts Mosque Conversion Plan

August 22, 2007

Author: David Willey

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6958299.stm

Authorities in Rome have refused to allow a building next to a Catholic church to be converted into a mosque.

The planned mosque, in a densely populated and multi-ethnic quarter in the centre of the Italian capital, was supposed to open next month.

Municipal police said the community of Bengali Muslims who were carrying out the building works did not...

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18 Catholic, Interfaith Leaders Call for Indonesia to Maintain Pluralism

August 21, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: UCA News

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=25097

JAKARTA, Indonesia (UCAN) – Eighteen religious leaders representing Buddhism, Catholicism, Confucianism, Islam and Protestantism have issued a joint message calling for the nation to maintain pluralism.

They released the statement on Aug. 18 following their meeting held to mark the country's 62nd Independence...

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U.S. Rabbi Defends N.Y. Arab School Despite Charges it Will be Anti-Israel

August 21, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Haaretz

Wire Service: AP

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/895796.html

U.S. Rabbi Michael Feinberg defended a planned Arab school in New York on Monday, despite charges by a state legislator that the school could teach anti-Israeli extremism.

Addressing a rally in front of the New York Department of Education, Rabbi Feinberg called on elected officials to come forward in support of...

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Albright: Ignore Religion 'At Our Own Peril'

August 21, 2007

Author: Staff Reporter

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/17/albright.qa/index.html?iref=newssearch

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- As U.S. secretary of state under former President Clinton, Madeleine Albright invested long hours in the Middle East peace process. She wrote about the relationship between politics and religion in her 2006 book, "The Mighty and the Almighty."

CNN producer Jen Christensen recently spoke with...

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Interfaith Breakfast to Ponder Limits of Tolerance

August 20, 2007

Author: Jeff Wright

Source: The Register-Guard

http://www.registerguard.com/news/2007/08/20/c1.cr.interfaith.0820.p1.php?section=cityregion

Is there such a thing as too much tolerance?

It's a question University of Oregon President Dave Frohnmayer and others will explore at an interfaith community breakfast on the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Frohnmayer will explore "...

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Christians, Jews in Holy Land Alliance

August 20, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/08/17/jews.christians/index.html

MELBOURNE, Florida (CNN) -- Sondra Oster Baras is an Orthodox Jew doing an unorthodox job.

"If you had asked me 10 years ago what I would be doing with my life, I don't think I would have told you I'd be in church," she said.

Baras stumps for money from evangelical Christians to support Jewish settlements in the...

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ADL Local Leader Fired on Armenian Issue

August 18, 2007

Author: Keith O'Brien

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2007/08/18/adl_local_leader_fired_on_armenian_issue/

The national Anti-Defamation League fired its New England regional director yesterday, one day after he broke ranks with national ADL leadership and said the human rights organization should acknowledge the Armenian genocide that began in...

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Hawthorne Mosque Opens its Doors to Understanding

August 18, 2007

Author: Sandy Mazza

Source: DailyBreeze.com

http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/articles/9234236.html

Hundreds of men and women left their shoes at the door and bowed for the weekly Friday afternoon prayer at the Islamic Center of Hawthorne.

The service was a typical one - adults and children were consumed in prayer for about an hour. Some teens hung around outside the mosque, discussing basketball and the popular reality TV show, "American...

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"India's Jews," a Commentary by Gary Weiss

August 18, 2007

Author: Gary Weiss

Source: Forbe's

http://www.forbes.com/2007/08/05/india-jews-antisemitism-oped-cx_gw_0813jews.html

There's no question that India's secularism is under strain. Militant Hinduism remains as much a potent force as extremist Islam. The ongoing bloodletting in Kashmir is an open sore, and the periodic spasms of communal violence in Gujarat, combined with memories of the Mumbai bombings of 2006, have led to...

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"Line of Hope Links Palestinians and Israelis," a Commentary by Jeremy Grange

August 17, 2007

Author: Jeremy Grange

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6948034.stm

A special phone service linking Israelis and Palestinians, called Hello Peace, has facilitated nearly a million telephone conversations since it began operating in November 2000.

As we sit talking in his office in a Jerusalem apartment block, graphic designer Rami Elhanan pauses for a moment, deep in thought, recalling the day his life...

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Editorial: Can US Diplomacy Get Religion?

August 16, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0816/p08s02-comv.html

In much of the world, religion – not ideology – is the prime motivator propelling people and events, often leading to violence. Congress had a sense of that a decade ago when it began considering how the US might better promote religious freedom and tolerance in its foreign policy. It's a subject worth revisiting.

What...

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U.S. Goes Online to Reach Muslim Youth

August 16, 2007

Author: JOHN THORNE

Source: ABC News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=3489657

The U.S. State Department chose a novel way to publicize baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr.'s appointment this week as its special sports envoy. It went on YouTube.

Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Karen Hughes, who appears in the video, said Thursday it was part of her campaign...

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Roman Catholic Bishop Wants Everyone to Call God 'Allah'

August 16, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,293394,00.html

A proposal by a Roman Catholic bishop in the Netherlands that people of all faiths refer to God as "Allah" is not sitting well with the Catholic community.

Tiny Muskens, an outgoing bishop who is retiring in a few weeks from the southern diocese of Breda, said God doesn't care what he is called.

"Allah is a very beautiful word for God....

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Evangelicals Join Interfaith Effort to Write Rules for Conversions

August 16, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The New York Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/16/world/europe/16convert.html

GENEVA, Aug. 15 — Evangelical Protestant churches have joined an effort by Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Protestant churches to create a common code of conduct for religious conversions to preserve the right of Christians to spread their religion while avoiding conflict...

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