Interfaith

Food Plays Big Role in Religion

June 9, 2007

Author: Jerry McCoy

Source: The Peoria Journal Star

http://www.pjstar.com/stories/060907/JER_BDCGAEST.040.php

Q: The Eucharist or the Lord's Supper is perhaps the single most important ritual in Christian worship. Does a ceremonial meal play a similar role in other religious traditions? If so what are those meals and what role do they play? - P.R., East Peoria.

A: Food, because it is necessary for all of life, has also been a...

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Depiction of Hindu Deities in US Magazine Draws Ire

June 9, 2007

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Depiction_of_Hindu_deities_in_US_magazine_draws_ire/articleshow/2110545.cms

NEW YORK: The June issue of a popular US magazine that allegedly depicts Hindu god Ganesha holding an alcoholic beverage in each hand and Hanuman in an obscene pose has drawn the ire of many Hindus in the country.

Hindus in the US believe the illustration,...

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Sri Lanka Christians Detained, Church Burned As Violence Spreads

June 8, 2007

Author: BosNewsLife News Center

Source: Journal Chretein

http://www.spcm.org/Journal/spip.php?article12077

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA (BosNewsLife)— The World Council of Independent Christian Churches (WICCC) expressed concern Thursday, June 7, about the plight of Christians in Sri Lanka amid reports that at least one church was burned by militants in a new wave of anti-Christian violence, while a pastor and his assistant remain in custody on allegedly...

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Hindu Sites 'Only for Hinduism'

June 8, 2007

Author: Omer Farooq

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/6735661.stm

The government of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has banned the propagation of other religions in the holy places of Hindus across the state.

The authorities say the move is to ensure that Hindu sentiments in holy places are not offended.

It follows a row over alleged Christian missionary activity around a shrine in the...

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Muslim Women’s Association Hosts White Plains Talk by Faith Club

June 7, 2007

Author: Gary Stern

Source: The Journal News

http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070607/NEWS02/706070368/1018/NEWS02

WHITE PLAINS - The Faith Club started small, uncertain, frightened.

Its three members - one Jew, one Christian, one Muslim - had shaky holds on their own faiths (and mostly apprehension about the other two).

But they were living in the post-9/11 world...

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Shaping Islam In America: 10 Young Muslim Visionaries

June 7, 2007

Source: The Islamica Magazine

http://www.islamicamagazine.com/issue-19/shaping-islam-in-america.html

10 Young Muslim Visionaries

Introduction

There is no shortage of discussion about what is wrong with Muslims and the Islamic world these days. From our perspective, it is also important to take time to acknowledge the good that comes from Muslims inspired by their faith. For this reason Islamica decided to profile a series of individuals...

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Call for a UN Office to Deal with Religious Abuse

June 7, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The New Straits Times Online

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Thursday/National/20070607084808/Article/index_html

KUALA LUMPUR: The United Nations is urged to set up an ombudsman-like structure to deal with complaints of intolerance and religious abuse.

Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad Pakistan director-general Dr Shireen Mazari proposed this at the Asia-...

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Coalition to Defend Freedom of Religious and Cultural Expression Launched

June 6, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: eGov monitor

http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/11595

Political figures, religious leaders, trade unionists and human rights campaigners are amongst the individuals that have signed up to a new coalition aimed at defending freedom of religious and cultural expression.

Speakers at the launch included the Mayor of London; peace campaigner and activist Bruce Kent; writer Ismail Patel from the British Muslim Initiative; Dr Daud...

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Interfaith Conference on Islam Begins in UK

June 5, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2007/06/05/int7.htm

LONDON, June 4: The two-day interfaith conference on ‘Islam and Muslims in the World Today’ began here on Monday with Prime Minister Tony Blair emphatically declaring that the voices of extremism are no more representative of Islam than the use, in times gone by, of torture to force conversion to Christianity, represented the true teachings of Christ.

He said Islam...

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Trains to Thai Muslim South Halted After Sabotage

June 4, 2007

Author: Sukree Sukplang

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/homepageCrisis/idUSBKK294647._CH_.2400

PATTANI, Thailand, Jun 4 (Reuters) - Thailand's state railway halted all train services in the rebellious Muslim far south on Monday after a derailment, probably caused by insurgents, injured 14 passengers and crew, a senior rail official said.

Suspected Muslim militants hit five tracks, removing nuts and bolts...

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