Interfaith

Debate Over Faith-Based Schools Intensifies

July 24, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: South Asian Focus

http://www.southasianfocus.ca/community/article/30168

Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory's plan to invite faith-based schools into Ontario's public education system has run into hot water.

Tory announced early this week plans to get one of Ontario's leading pioneers of tolerance and diversity in public education to help find the best way to bring even more of Ontario students into our...

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Interfaith Housing Hopes to Build Affordable Townhomes for Renters

July 24, 2007

Author: Denise Bonura

Source: The Recod Herald

http://www.therecordherald.com/articles/2007/07/24/local_news/news02.txt

WAYNESBORO - A nonprofit organization hopes to fulfill the need for affordable housing in Waynesboro.

Interfaith Housing Alliance Inc. of Frederick has sought funding to build 37 three-bedroom townhomes on the south side of town. Families of four who fall within the 40 to 60 percent median income range...

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Israeli Textbook Tells of Arab Plight

July 23, 2007

Author: Richard Boudreaux

Source: Los Angeles Times, the

http://www.latimes.com/news/education/la-fg-history23jul23,1,5423625.story?ctrack=3&cset=true

JERUSALEM — For the first time in its 59-year history, Israel has approved a school textbook acknowledging what the country's minority Palestinian citizens have been learning at home for generations: The Jewish state's creation was a tragedy for them....

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National Commission says Christian and Muslim Dalits Must have Same Rights as Hindu Dalits

July 23, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AsiaNews

http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=9901&size=A

New Delhi (AsiaNews) – Any member of a scheduled caste irrespective of his or her religion should enjoy the same rights. Such rights should not be restricted to Hindus, said Buta Singh, chairman of the National Scheduled Caste Commission (NSCC), during a meeting with Christian leaders.

The current law limits Scheduled Caste status to Hindu,...

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Religiously Motivated Riot Breaks out in Rangoon

July 23, 2007

Author: Nan Kham Kaew

Source: Democratic Voice of Burma

http://english.dvb.no/news.php?id=266

July 23, 2007 (DVB)—A riot reportedly broke out between Muslim and Buddhist residents in Rangoon’s Daw Pon township late on Friday, forcing local authorities to issue a curfew.

Eyewitnesses said that the riot started after a Muslim man and two Buddhist men quarreled at a local bar, causing religious tensions to escalate.

“The fight...

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Opinion: Sacred Sites, and Their Stories, Must Be Saved

July 22, 2007

Author: MARK TRAHANT

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/320934_trahant24.html

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's hard to imagine a more powerful example of a sacred place than the U.S. Capitol. Early Thursday morning, hours before the solstice, the scene was already one of summer. Tourists wandered the grounds in shorts while congressional staffers rushed off to meetings. A cool breeze moderated the rising...

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God ’08: Whose, and How Much, Will Voters Accept?

July 22, 2007

Author: MICHAEL LUO

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/22/weekinreview/22luo.html?_r=1&oref=login

THE probing about his Mormon beliefs has by now become familiar to the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But when Mary Van Steenis, a teacher at a local Christian school, took the microphone at a recent “Ask Mitt Anything” forum in Pella, Iowa, to ask her question, it still felt as if...

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Panama's Jews, Arabs coexist

July 22, 2007

Author: Brian Harris

Source: JTA

http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/news/article/20070722panamabusinesses.html

COLON FREE ZONE, Panama (JTA) -- While conflicts in the Middle East make the prospect of peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs seem distant, a walk along the crowded streets of this trading zone shows Jews and Arabs can get along.

Inside the stores here -- wholesale distribution centers for Asian goods...

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Art Challenge Cliches on Islam

July 21, 2007

Author: Stephanie Holmes

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6902755.stm

A new exhibition of Islamic art from across the Muslim world aims to do far more than unite unusual, luxurious and rarely-seen objects.

Organisers of the London event say that they hope the illuminated Korans, the perfume bottle carved from rock crystal and the leaf skeleton decorated with sacred text will change the way people think about Islam...

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First Lady Laura Bush Announces Inter-Faith Malaria Project in Mozambique on the Second Leg of a Four-Nation Africa Tour

July 21, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Journal Chretien

http://www.spcm.org/Journal/spip.php?article13542

Accompanied by her daughter Jenna, Mrs. Bush is this week visiting areas that have benefited from U.S. AIDS funding - including the west African nations of Mali and Senegal, where she spent Tuesday, as well as Zambia in southern Africa.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s most recently funded project in Mozambique, Together Against...

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Bill on Religious Practice Raises Concern

July 20, 2007

Author: Nafisa Pisarejeva

Source: Institute for War and Peace Reporting

http://www.iwpr.net/?p=rca&s=f&o=337288&apc_state=henh

Religious minorities in Tajikistan fear proposed new rules will restrict their practices, despite their constitutional right to freedom of belief.

The Tajik government is currently examining a draft law put forward by the culture ministry’s religious department which sets tough new conditions a religious...

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Local Artist Paints Plea for Religious Understanding

July 20, 2007

Author: Dana Thiede

Source: KARE 11 News

http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=260160

Mark Balma is one artist who isn't afraid to send a message. From his religious-themed frescos, to historically charged paintings like 'Pieta', his take on the John F. Kennedy assassination, Balma wants to reach both the heads and the hearts of those who view work.

Balma's latest painting is a plea for religious tolerance and...

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Religious Groups Fear Immigration Proposals are Unfair, Burdensome

July 20, 2007

Author: KARIN BRULLIARD

Source: Washington Post

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4986164.html

WASHINGTON — At the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, Md., 11 Hindu priests recite mantras before intricately chiseled altars to deities carved by expert temple stonemasons.

They offer the idols lentils and rice prepared in a small kitchen by Haridas Padithaya, 38, who looks like a line cook in his stained T-shirt...

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