Interfaith

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.

The...

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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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"Eliminate All School Holidays," a Commentary by The Baltimore Examiner

April 3, 2007

Author: The Baltimore Examiner

Source: The Baltimore Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/a-653393~Editorial__Eliminate_all_school_holidays.html

BALTIMORE - Here’s a simple solution to the controversy in Baltimore County public schools about which religious holidays to officially recognize: Eliminate them all.

The question comes up because the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee wants to add at least one...

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Building Temples, Churches Test Malaysia's Minorities

April 2, 2007

Source: CNN International

http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/04/02/malaysia.religion.ap/

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) -- The cavernous pink Putra Mosque with its soaring minaret is one of the most commanding sights and popular tourist photo backdrops in the city of Putrajaya.

A house of worship for thousands of Muslims in the eight-year-old administrative capital of Malaysia, it is a showcase of the nation's dominant faith -- Islam.

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Teacher of Arabic Connects Wichitans

April 2, 2007

Author: Christina M. Woods

Source: The Wichita Eagle

http://www.kansas.com/212/story/34441.html

Teaching Arabic is Yassin Shourbaji's method of building bridges between communities.

Shourbaji, a retired engineer and member of the Islamic Society of Wichita and the Islamic Association of Mid-Kansas, has been teaching Arabic to English-speakers for four years.

He expanded his course offerings in March to include an introductory course for...

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Islamic Group Won't Perform in Utah Because of Visa Problems

April 2, 2007

Author: Anne Wilson

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/News/ci_5577656

An Islamic group from Turkey scheduled to perform tonight at Kingsbury Hall won't be appearing because of visa problems, according to a spokesman for the sponsoring organization.

Etga Ugur, of the Utah nonprofit Multicultural Arch Foundation, said the Order of the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey was unable to secure visas in time for the Utah concert, the first in a...

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