Interfaith

Legislators' Prayers Are Common but Controversial

April 12, 2007

Author: Robert Schwaneberg

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=13220

"Let us pray. Mother and Father of us all, we give thanks for the women who have been part of our life's journey ..."

Spoken aloud at a public high school graduation, these words probably would trigger a lawsuit. But in the New Jersey Legislature, where they were said recently, it's just a matter of getting things started.

The...

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New Interfaith Council Broadens Dialogue for Local Rabbis

April 12, 2007

Author: Frances Kraft

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

http://www.cjnews.com/viewarticle.asp?id=11549

TORONTO - Rabbi Lori Cohen of Temple Sinai Congregation and Rabbi Roy Tanenbaum of Beth Tzedec Congregation are part of the new Toronto Area Interfaith Council, launched March 20 at a breakfast with Mayor David Miller.

The two rabbis, representing the Toronto Board of Rabbis, were among more than 190 representatives from more than 40 faith...

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Jewish Charity Bolsters Imam

April 10, 2007

Author: Kristin Erekson

Source: The Jewish Advocate

http://www.thejewishadvocate.com/this_weeks_issue/news/?content_id=2859

Religious leaders on the South Shore are helping to ease the financial burden of an imam who was arrested last year as part of an ongoing investigation into a visa fraud scheme.

Rabbi Barry Starr of Temple Israel in Sharon, the Rev. Deborah Cayer of the Unitarian Church of Sharon and Janet Penn,...

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Push to Include Buddhism in New Constitution

April 10, 2007

Source: Radio Australia

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/asiapac/programs/s1893868.htm

Thailand is in the middle of drafting a new constitution. Many lobby groups have been voicing their opinions since the drafting process began last September. But one of the most controversial lobbyists is the Thai Buddhist clergy, who are again calling for the religion to be part of the new constitution.

HILL: Buddhism's influence on Thai culture is obvious to even a...

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Muslims Urge Tolerance at Easter Event

April 9, 2007

Author: Peter Corbett

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0409islamic0409.html

Arif Kazmi is out to try to help the Valley community better understand his Islamic faith and its prophet.

On Easter Sunday, Kazmi was one of the organizers of a religious and social gathering of about 200 Muslims at the Chandler Community Center that was open to all faiths.

The event celebrated the birthday of...

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Reaching Out to Diverse Faiths, Viewers

April 9, 2007

Source: Multichannel News

Wire Service: AP

http://dtv.broadcastnewsroom.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=125309

(Multichannel News) _ Religious networks increasingly are exploring ways to bridge different denominations and shifting viewer habits. As a result, programmers are looking to interfaith fare, as well as new formats.

Subscription video-on-demand service Shalom TV bills itself as a "mainstream Jewish television...

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Sikhs Honor Rebirth, Renewal in Los Angeles on Their Holiday

April 8, 2007

Author: Eric Leach

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_5624628

More than 10,000 people celebrated the Sikh religious holiday of Baisakhi Sunday and denounced a series of hate crimes against the sect following the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

Sikhs shared food, music and art in the Los Angeles Convention Center and later paraded through the streets of downtown, singing prayers as they marched behind a dozen colorful floats....

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Save Our Holy Lands: UN to Preserve Sacred Sites

April 8, 2007

Author: Geoffrey Lean and Jude Townend

Source: The Independent

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/article2432450.ece

Hundreds of thousands of sacred places around the globe are to be linked together in a new UN-backed network to try to preserve the world's fast-disappearing wild species.

They range from Jerusalem's Garden Tomb - where more than 3,000 people gathered today to celebrate Easter - to "skull caves" in Kenya...

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Malaysian Party Calls for Special Court to Deal with Disputes Among Muslims, Minorities

April 8, 2007

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/04/02/asia/AS-GEN-Malaysia-Religious-Disputes.php

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: A small party in Malaysia's ruling coalition has called for the establishment of a special court to deal with loopholes in the constitution that activists say are leading to an erosion of minority rights in this mainly Muslim country.

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New Airport to Reflect Multi-Culture

April 8, 2007

Source: DNAIndia

http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1089641

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad will have a new $400 million ‘green-field’ airport with a capacity to handle 6.5 million passengers annually and would reflect the diverse cultural heritage of Pakistan.

The foundation for the ambitious airport project, incorporating the state-of-the-art facilities and reflecting the diverse cultural heritage of Pakistan, was laid by President Pervez Musharraf on...

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Exercise in Sensitivity: Future Teachers Taught to Tune in to Cultural, Religious Diversity

April 7, 2007

Author: Jean Gordon

Source: The Clarion-Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070407/FEAT04/704070307/1022/feat04

Inside a Jackson State University classroom, Tony Bland slipped off his shoes, climbed on top of the teacher's desk and folded his legs into a lotus position.

Gently joining his hands at his lap, Bland sat upright, closed his eyes and said nothing.

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Candidate's Advocacy for Islam Controversial

April 6, 2007

Source: Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4694503.html

PARIS — French presidential front-runner Nicolas Sarkozy has backed off his proposal to modify French law to allow state support for mosques, but said in an interview he wants to keep Islam in France "cut off from foreign influences."

Sarkozy, of Jacques Chirac's ruling conservative party, has upset many in...

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Non-Muslim Council Holds Special Prayers

April 3, 2007

Source: The Star

http://thestaronline.com/news/story.asp?file=/2007/4/3/courts/17328068&sec=courts

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) will hold special prayers in light of the Court of Appeal decision where a Hindu woman was asked to seek marital recourse in a Syariah Court.

President Datuk Chee Peck Kiat told a press conference that “a brief...

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NYPD Names Its Second Islamic Chaplain

April 3, 2007

Author: BRADLEY HOPE

Source: The New York Sun

http://www.nysun.com/article/51736

The New York Police Department has hired a 24-year-old Muslim leader to become the Islamic chaplain for the thousands of Muslims in the department, officials announced yesterday.

Khalid Latif is the second Islamic chaplain ever hired by the police.

"Because of the life-and-death nature of police work, the role of the chaplain in the police department takes on...

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