Interfaith

Malaysia Interfaith Council Protests Syariah Court Decisions

December 7, 2006

Source: Hindu Press International/Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism Press Release

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2006/12/7.shtml#2

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA--Mr. R. Thiagarja, Honorary Secretary General Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism, sends the following press release:

"The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism...

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"Obama's Religious Challenge," a Commentary by Jerome Eric Copulsky

December 7, 2006

Author: Jerome Eric Copulsky

Source: The Martin Marty Center

http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2006/1207.shtml

Last Friday, Barack Obama, the charismatic junior senator from Illinois and possible Democratic presidential hopeful, made news by speaking at an AIDS conference at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, one of the flagships of contemporary evangelicalism. To an audience of more than 2,000 evangelical leaders, the...

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Turks Debate whether an Imam Can Revere the Cross

December 7, 2006

Author: Mustafa Akyol

Source: Turkish Daily News

http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=61126

The visit by Pope Benedict XVI has sparked a new debate in Turkey about the rightful limits of religious ecumenism. The Turkish media have been discussing whether a Muslim cleric can revere Christian symbols like the sign of the cross, and whether it is really necessary to be so accommodating in order to establish genuine religious...

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Multiracial Young Singaporeans off to Punjab to Help Under-Privileged Children

December 6, 2006

Source: Channel New Asia

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/245663/1/.html

SINGAPORE: A multiracial group of young Singaporeans has found a useful way to spend the school holidays.

The 19-member group will be heading to Punjab in North India to help the needy children there.

Young Singaporeans from the Chinese, Malay, Indian and Sikh community make up the team.

They will be lending hands to...

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First Government-Issued Wiccan Plaque Dedicated

December 6, 2006

Author: Scott Sonner

Source: North Lake Tahoe Bonanza

Wire Service: AP

http://www.tahoebonanza.com/article/20061206/Nevada/112060003

RENO - Friends and family of a Nevada soldier killed in Afghanistan more than a year ago plan to gather at a veterans cemetery today to dedicate what they say is the first government-issued memorial plaque in the country to include a symbol of the Wiccan faith.

The...

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Catholics Called to Respond to Global Warming, Australian Bishops State

December 6, 2006

Source: Catholic Online

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=22247

SYDNEY, Australia – The right to a safe ecological environment is a universal right and Catholics are called to respond with resolute action to the reality of global warming, said the Catholic bishops of Australia.

The Catholic bishops joined with religious leaders from 15 other Australian faith communities to demand stronger individual,...

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Feds Look to Land Foreign Preachers

December 5, 2006

Author: TOM GODFREY

Source: Toronto Sun

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2006/12/05/pf-2637825.html

TORONTO -- Federal immigration officials are working to fast track foreign religious leaders into Canada as landed immigrants after being pressured by ethnic communities nationwide.

Immigration Minister Monte Solberg is studying ways of granting priests and monks permanent resident status since many arrive as visitors to work in...

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Muslim-American Group Targets Radio Host Over Koran Oath Comments

December 5, 2006

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,234237,00.html

WASHINGTON -- A Muslim-American advocacy group has called on radio talk show host Dennis Prager to be removed from the governing board of the federally funded U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum after Prager last week blasted a representative-elect for planning to use the Koran at his swearing-in next month.

Prager, who is Jewish, slammed Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison...

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New Australian Program to Fund Helping New Arrivals Adjust

December 5, 2006

Source: workpermit.com Immigration Newsletter

http://www.workpermit.com/news/2006_12_05/australia/living_in_harmony_program.htm

The Federal Government will pump AUD $1.5 million into projects designed to help refugees and immigrants adjust to life in Australia.

The "Living in Harmony" program funding will help 43 community groups, schools and local governments to develop initiatives to address intolerance at a local level, said Andrew...

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Presbyterians, Jews Seek to Mend Fences after Investment Split

December 5, 2006

Author: Peter Smith

Source: The Courier-Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061205/NEWS01/612050344

Several top Presbyterian and Jewish leaders have pledged to work more closely together to avoid a repeat of the recent bitter fight over whether the church would pull some investments from Israel.

"We affirm that peace for Israel and the Palestinians should be built on the...

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At Bosses’ Invitation, Chaplains Come Into Workplace and Onto Payroll

December 4, 2006

Author: Neela Banerjee

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/04/business/04chaplain.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- At the Tyson poultry plant here, Fred L. Mason Jr. hangs live chickens by their feet before they move down a belt toward slaughter. A few months ago, Mr. Mason told his boss that he had a drug problem.

People urged him to see the plant’s chaplain, but he was skeptical...

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