Interfaith

Debate over Radicalism in Religion in Somalia

August 5, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Garowe Online

http://www.garoweonline.com/artman2/publish/Somalia_27/Debate_over_radicalism_in_religion_in_Somalia.shtml

MOGADISHU, Somalia Aug 5 (Garowe Online) - Hundreds of delegates participating at Somalia's national reconciliation conference listened to speeches on Sunday regarding the controversial issue of radicalism in religion.

Before the debate,...

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"Waging Peace in the Name of Religion," a Commentary by Charles C. Haynes

August 5, 2007

Author: Charles C. Haynes

Source: First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/analysis.aspx?id=18876

Iraq, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Palestine. In a world torn by sectarian violence, religion is often seen as the problem, not the solution.

But an international coalition called Religions for Peace is working hard to change that perception by mobilizing religious leaders to fight back against those who use religion to promote...

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Reports: Muslim Malaysia is not a Secular or an Islamic State, PM Says

August 5, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/08/05/asia/AS-GEN-Malaysia-Islamic-State.php

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Muslim-dominated Malaysia is neither a secular nor a theocratic state, the prime minister said in an apparent bid to make amends after his deputy upset minorities by describing the country as Islamic.

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"Asian-Canadians' Effects on Social Values," a Commentary by Douglas Todd

August 4, 2007

Author: Douglas Todd

Source: The Vancouver Sun

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/business/story.html?id=9c1d8f58-cf05-4b0a-a60b-7108a4017d4b

Are Asian-Canadians strengthening conservative or liberal values across the country?

Given that nearly half the population of Greater Vancouver has origins in Asia, this is anything but what some like to call an "academic" -- that is, theoretical...

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Muslim Clerics Angered by Religious Edict

August 3, 2007

Author: Ramadan Al Sherbini

Source: Gulfnews

http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/07/08/03/10143839.html

Cairo: Egypt's top Muslim cleric has recently angered fellow clerics for allegedly permitting a Muslim to choose his own faith without fear of worldly punishment.

Ali Juma, the country's Grand Mufti, was quoted as saying in a posting on a Washington-Post-Newsweek forum that Muslims are free to change their religion without being...

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Israeli Troops Kill West Bank Islamic Jihad Leader

August 3, 2007

Author: Imad Saada

Source: Yahoo News

Wire Service: AFP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070803/ts_afp/mideastunrest

NABLUS, West Bank (AFP) - Israeli troops have shot dead a leader of the radical Islamic Jihad group in the West Bank and wounded three people during an incursion into the Gaza Strip, Palestinian security sources and witnesses said on Friday.

Meanwhile, Palestinian militants fired three...

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"Muslims and Methodists Seek Interfaith Dialogue," a Commentary by Kat Teraji

August 2, 2007

Author: Kat Teraji

Source: The Gilroy Dispatch

http://www.gilroydispatch.com/news/contentview.asp?c=221683

"Islam is the world's second largest religion. When you have a billion and a half people belonging to a religion, you are bound to find a few kooks and extremists among their number," Shista Azad said in answer to our questions about how she reconciles her Muslim beliefs with the actions of terrorists such as Osama bin Laden. Teachers...

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Hindu Chaplain Protested in US Senate, Honored in Nevada

August 2, 2007

Source: PunjabNewsline.com

http://www.punjabnewsline.com/content/view/5128/57/

RENO(NEVADA) USA: Nevada clergy, drawn from various religions, Wednesday came together in support of fellow Nevadan chaplain Rajan Zed, whose historic first Hindu prayer in United States (US) Senate in Washington DC on July 12 faced protest shouts from visitors gallery.

Catholic, Protestant, Latter Day Saints, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Bahai clergy honored him with a grand reception...

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Korean Christians and the Taliban: A Clash of Faiths

August 2, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Economist

http://www.economist.com/world/asia/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9587890

“GOD'S work has to be carried out, at any cost, even death.” Such was the Taliban's grim justification behind the murder this week of a second of the 23 Christian-Korean aid workers kidnapped last month en route from Kabul to Kandahar. The weeks since their abduction have brought unmet demands, a papal plea, a...

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Solidarity Rally for Religious Freedom

July 31, 2007

Author: Qaiser Felix

Source: AsiaNews.it

http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=9971&size=A

Lahore (AsiaNews) – The All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) is going to hold a ‘National Solidarity Rally’ on August 11 at the MÄ«nār-Ä• Pākistān in Lahore. A huge gathering of people from minority communities, including Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsees, should come. Organisers expect about 100,000 people from all over...

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Religious Minorities Hit From All Sides

July 31, 2007

Author: Ellen Massey

Source: IPS News

http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=38742

WASHINGTON, Jul 31 (IPS) - In the months leading up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, scholars from around the world urged the war planners in Washington to take steps to protect Iraq's priceless archaeological heritage.

But the widespread looting of museums and other cultural sites happened anyway. Now, warnings from minority communities in Iraq are also...

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