Interfaith

Schools Try to Patch Rift in Mosque Project

December 30, 2006

Author: Michael Paulson

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/12/30/schools_try_to_patch_rift_in_mosque_project/

The presidents of two prominent local religious institutions are calling on a Jewish advocacy organization and the backers of a Roxbury mosque project to drop their lawsuits in their contentious dispute over the mosque's construction.

Nick Carter ,...

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"Strike Some Words from National Lexicon," a Commentary by Hubert G. Locke

December 29, 2006

Author: HUBERT G. LOCKE

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/297610_hubert29.html

The eve of a new year prods us all to think about the possibilities for fresh starts and new resolves. Given the seismic political change in the other Washington that occurred six weeks ago, one of the initiatives we might hope for in the coming year is a substantial improvement in our national vocabulary.

The...

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NSW to Start Religious Tolerance Scheme

December 28, 2006

Source: Village Voice

http://www.villagevoice.com.au/article/20061228/NWS02/612280304/-1/nws/NSW+to+start+religious+tolerance+scheme

The federal government has chosen schools in western Sydney to trial a program aimed at promoting religious tolerance.

The $1 million three-year pilot program will try to address the compatibility of Australian and Muslim values and the wearing of religious garb, including...

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Uncle Sam Wants US Muslims to Serve

December 27, 2006

Author: Richard Whittle

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1227/p03s01-usmi.html

WASHINGTON -- As US troops battle Islamic extremists abroad, the Pentagon and the armed forces are reaching out to Muslims at home.

An underlying goal is to interest more Muslims in the military, which needs officers and troops who can speak Arabic and other relevant languages and understand the culture of places like Iraq and...

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K.P. Singh Spreading Interfaith Message Globally

December 27, 2006

Author: Andrea Neal

Source: Northwest Indiana News

http://nwitimes.com/articles/2006/12/27/opinion/times_editorial_columnists/6648a9b7ee5c59a58625724d002209cc.txt

An Indiana artist is working across the globe to spread a message of good will and peace.

"If we believe in God, then I think we have to believe in each other and it doesn't matter what faith and culture we come from,"...

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Religion and its Role in Global Affairs, Part I

December 25, 2006

Source: The World/ Public Radio International

http://www.theworld.org/?q=node/6830

Religion is used to bring people together. And the narratives of many religious writings often speak of and aim to teach mankind's love for one another. But the reality is that we live in a world in which religion is and has been used as the main driving force that divides people. We discuss religion and its role in global affairs with Prof. Diana Eck.

Sikh Boy Admits his Attack was a Lie

December 24, 2006

Author: Lorna Martin

Source: The Observer

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1978539,00.html

A Sikh schoolboy, who prompted an inter-faith vigil to promote peace, respect and tolerance after claiming his hair was chopped off by racist thugs, invented the story.

The 15-year-old, in tears, gave a graphic description of a vicious verbal and physical attack by four white males who struck as he walked near his home in...

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Pakistani Minorities Protest Against Approval of "Taleban" Law

December 19, 2006

Author: Qaiser Felix

Source: Asia News

http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=7827&geo=2&size=A#

Peshawar – The All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) has protested about the approval of a law in North West Frontier Province (NWFP), which is inspired by Islam and allegedly harks back to Taleban decrees. The law just passed in the Pakistani province bordering Afghanistan has been described as a "cause for concern for all other faiths...

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UN Declaration on Religious Tolerance Commemorated in Prague

December 19, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/496

Although it was negotiated at the height of the Cold War, a 25-year-old international agreement on freedom of religion or belief remains as relevant today -- and perhaps even more so -- said speakers at a major United Nations-sanctioned observance here in late November.

Some 350 participants representing more than 60 governments, UN agencies, and various international non-governmental organizations -- including the Baha'...

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Catholic, Buddhist Youths Find Interfaith Friendship Near War Zone

December 18, 2006

Source: Catholic News Service/UCA News

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=22395

ANURADHAPURA-VIHARAHALMILLAWA, Sri Lanka – Milanka Kumari, a 15-year-old Buddhist girl, smiles as she holds hands with two Catholic friends she met during her first group interreligious encounter.

"We appreciate Catholic schoolchildren sharing their joy and kindness with us," beamed Kumari, who spoke with UCA News during a Dec. 12...

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In N.J., a Leap of Interfaith: Pastor Gives Rabbi a Kidney

December 18, 2006

Source: Philadelphia Daily News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/news/nation/16264787.htm

A New Jersey Reform rabbi and a Methodist pastor may celebrate different holidays this month, but they have something to rejoice together - one is giving a kidney to the other.

After almost a year of waiting to hear good news, Rabbi Andrew Bossov, of Mount Laurel, Burlington County, found out this week that doctors...

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New Virginia Program Aims to Dispel Fears of Muslim Community

December 18, 2006

Author: Kristen Gelineau

Source: WVEC.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.wvec.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D8M3F89G4.html#

The small beige signs bearing black Arabic script have been appearing all over town on buses and at colleges.

Are they secret messages from terrorists? one panicked bus rider asked. Should the FBI be contacted? What do they mean??

Actual translation: "Paper...

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Non-Muslims Snap up Islamic Accounts

December 17, 2006

Author: Julian Knight

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6168800.stm

Emma Dellaway, 25, from south London, likes to know that the money sitting in her current account is not doing harm.

"I don't have much money, as I am just starting out on my career, but what I do have should not be used unethically," she says.

"I hate to think of arms going to some African country funded, however indirectly, from my account."...

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