Interfaith

"Where Are Malaysia’s Religious Authorities Heading?" a Commentary by Dr. Farish A. Noor

April 15, 2007

Author: Farish A. Noor

Source: The American Muslim

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/where_are_malaysias_religious_authorities_heading/0013689

Since 2006 Malaysia has been rocked by a number of hugely controversial cases involving the fundamental right of belief and freedom of religion. Between 2005 to 2006 the country was a virtual battleground with opposing factions...

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Professor Brings Jewish Perspective to Seminary

April 14, 2007

Author: Robin Roenker

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

http://www.kentucky.com/158/story/42433.html

Laurence H. Kant will officially join the faculty of Lexington Theological Seminary on Tuesday as a tenured associate professor of the history of religion.

The appointment might sound routine, but one factor sets it apart: Kant is a Jew. He will be one of only a handful of Jewish scholars in the world on the faculty at a Christian seminary or...

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"Ethnic Bigots Should Be Rejected," a Commentary by Njuguna Mutonya

April 14, 2007

Author: Njuguna Mutonya

Source: All Africa/The Nation

http://allafrica.com/stories/200704140130.html

Last Sunday, Muslims celebrated Maulidi - the birth of Prophet Mohammed - with a procession along Mombasa's main streets. The same day, Catholics marked Easter Sunday - the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Commemorating the two events in such a public and peaceful manner shows the town's cosmopolitanism, its main strength.

Mombasa and,...

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Teachers Demand Ban on New Faith Schools

April 13, 2007

Author: Donald MacLeod

Source: The Guardian Unlimited

http://education.guardian.co.uk/faithschools/story/0,,2056606,00.html

Teachers have demanded a halt to the government's plans for a new generation of faith schools.

But the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) annual conference in Belfast today stopped short of calling for existing faith schools to be phased out.

The...

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Growing Detroit Community Shows its Diversity

April 13, 2007

Author: NIRAJ WARIKOO

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070413/NEWS05/704130367/1007#articlecomments

As the Indian-American population surges in metro Detroit, so does the number of Indian New Year celebrations.

A generation ago, the Detroit area had only a handful of such events. Now, dozens of Indian and Hindu groups hold special gatherings every April...

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Religious Freedom Threatened at UN

April 13, 2007

Author: Tina Ramirez

Source: Journal Chretien

http://www.spcm.org/Journal/spip.php?article9080

ARLINGTON, VA — On Friday, the United Nations passed a seemingly innocuous resolution combating the “defamation of religions.” Further investigation reveals that this motion has erroneously equated legitimate discussion of religious beliefs with the incitement of religious intolerance. Under this resolution, when an individual’s...

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Bridge Muslim-Christian Divisions with Understanding, Cooperation

April 13, 2007

Author: Rev. C. Denise Yarbrough

Source: Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070410/OPINION02/704100358/1039/OPINION

(April 10, 2007) — What is your community doing about environmental issues?" asked the articulate and erudite preacher. As she continued with her sermon, she encouraged the gathered faithful to look beyond the confines...

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‘Panel to Have Final Say’

April 13, 2007

Source: The Star Online

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/4/13/nation/17428052&sec=nation

KUALA LUMPUR: The special commission for religious-sensitive matters will have the final say, if the Cabinet approves its establishment.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz said the proposed commission would focus more on moral obligations in discussing these matters.

“Such...

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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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