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NZ Hosts Peace, Religious Tolerance Conference

May 29, 2007

Author: Peter Lewis

Source: ABC News Online

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200705/s1935937.htm

Political and religious leaders from 15 Asia-Pacific countries are in New Zealand for the latest in a series of talks aimed at promoting peace, regional security and religious tolerance.

The three-day conference is being held at Waitangi.

This is the third inter-faith dialogue organised since the terrorist attacks in Bali in...

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Pope Reinstates Islam Department

May 28, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6699247.stm

Pope Benedict XVI has reversed a controversial decision he took a year ago to downgrade the Vatican department which deals with the Islamic world.

The Council for Interreligious Dialogue will be restored to its former position as a department in its own right.

It is not clear if the department's former head, British archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, will also be reinstated.

His removal was...

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House OKs Religion in School

May 28, 2007

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/052707dntswrelexpress.2ed82b.html

AUSTIN – Texas students would have greater freedom to express their religious views on school campuses under a bill passed Saturday by the House and sent to Gov. Rick Perry, who has publicly supported the measure.

Under the legislation, religious beliefs expressed in homework, artwork...

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Farrakhan Urges Unity

May 26, 2007

Author: Kristen Kridel

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who promised to speak at the Faith Community of St. Sabina Church on the South Side before undergoing surgery earlier this year, fulfilled that pledge Friday evening before a thunderous crowd of several hundred.

In contrast to his previous, often divisive messages, Farrakhan struck an inclusive chord Friday...

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Parliament of the World's Religions Sets 2007 Meeting in Melbourne

May 26, 2007

Source: Worldwide Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2007/05/msg00255.html

The 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions will be an international interreligious gathering spanning seven nights and six days from December 3rd to 9th - bringing together an estimated 8,000 to 12,000 persons.

The city of Melbourne, Australia has been selected to host the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions.

A multi-religious, multi-lingual, and multicultural city, Melbourne is an ideal...

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Nepal Hindus in Secular Protest

May 25, 2007

Author: Charles Haviland

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5015456.stm

Thousands of people in southern Nepal have been protesting against a parliamentary decision to declare Nepal a secular, rather than a Hindu kingdom.

The mainly Hindu protestors in the southern town of Birgunj have declared a general strike in their area.

Eyewitnesses in Birgunj say the town has been closed down by an alliance of local Hindu...

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Provocative Interfaith Program Looks at the Divisive Issues Splitting Our Faiths and Our Country

May 25, 2007

Source: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

http://www.clal.org/sp129.html

Based on the resounding success of last season’s Building Bridges: Abrahamic Perspectives on the World Today, a first-ever program conceived by a rabbi, Brad Hirschfield, for Bridges TV-American Muslim TV, a new series has been developed to begin airing on Tuesdays at 8:30 pm EST (repeated on Saturdays at 9 pm EST).

Created and hosted by Rabbi Hirschfield, a well-known advocate for...

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Toppling A Taboo: Businesses Go ‘Faith-Friendly’

May 25, 2007

Source: Little India

http://www.littleindia.com/news/127/ARTICLE/1752/2007-05-02.html

Do your Hindu, Sikh and Jain coworkers need a three-day weekend in November to celebrate Diwali? Have you ever asked Muslim employees to help design products destined for a Southeast Asian market? Did you know one colleague urging another to accept Christ as a personal savior is a legally protected act?

In the world of corporate diversity and inclusion, first there was...

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"Multiculturalism and Nation Building go Hand in Hand" a Commentary by Tariq Modood

May 23, 2007

Author: Tariq Modood

Source: The Guardian

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2085917,00.html

With Gordon Brown preparing to take over as prime minister, we can expect to hear a lot more about Britishness and integration. Could his premiership even signal the death knell for multiculturalism in our public life? For some time Brown, and recently his campaign manager, Jack Straw, have argued for the need to revive and revalue...

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"Multiculturalism and Nation Building Go Hand in Hand," a Commentary by Tariq Modood

May 23, 2007

Author: Tariq Modood

Source: The Guardian

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2085917,00.html

With Gordon Brown preparing to take over as prime minister, we can expect to hear a lot more about Britishness and integration. Could his premiership even signal the death knell for multiculturalism in our public life? For some time Brown, and recently his campaign manager, Jack Straw, have argued for the need to revive and revalue...

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Muslim, Christian and Jewish Religious Leaders Unite to Fight Global Warming

May 22, 2007

Source: The PR Newswire

http://sev.prnewswire.com/environmental-services/20070522/AQTU17622052007-1.html

WASHINGTON, May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- In an unprecedented show of unity amidst worldwide discord, Muslims, Christians and Jewish religious leaders today announced a pact to fight global warming together for the sake of creation.

Their joint statement, delivered to the White House and Congressional leadership, calls for immediate action...

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