Interfaith

Christian, Muslim and Jewish Leaders Teach Tolerance to High Schoolers

December 16, 2005

Source: Courier-Post

http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051216/NEWS01/512160364/1006

On December 16, 2005 the Courier-Post reported, "A priest, a Muslim, a pastor and a rabbi walk into a high school auditorium. But this isn't the start of a joke. The Rev. James Maggart, a pastor at the Assumption parish in Atco, Muslim American Community Association Managing Director Zia Rahman, Rabbi Richard Levine of...

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Jews, Muslims Defend “Christian” Christmas

December 15, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/180/story_18045_1.html

On December 15, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "The movement defending Christmas as a Christian holiday has attracted some unlikely allies: religiously observant Jews and Muslims. Their support bucks the assumption that religious minorities prefer a neutral approach to the season, desiring 'Happy Holidays' instead of 'Merry Christmas' at...

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Opinion: “Pluralism Has Long Been an Important American Tradition”

December 14, 2005

Source: Sun-Herald.com

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On December 14, 2005 the Sun-Herald.com reported, "More than a month has passed since the Hillsborough County school board reversed itself and reinstated Yom Kipper, Good Friday, and the Monday after Easter as official school holidays. The conflict began when a Muslim American, Ahmed Bedier, born in Egypt, decided to politely ask Hillsborough school officials to add some Muslim holidays to the school calendar. The school officials spent more than a year...

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Opinion: "Respect Religious Diversity During This Holidays Season"

December 14, 2005

Source: The Decatur Daily

http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/opinion/other/051214.shtml

On December 14, 2005 The Decatur Daily ran an opinion piece by J. Brent Walker, an executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. "Are 'Christian haters' and 'professional atheists' engaged in an all-out war on Christmas, as FOX News' anchor John Gibson claims? I don't think so — unless one is prepared to say that...

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Opinion: “Why American Muslims Haven’t Turned to Terrorism”

December 12, 2005

Source: Candide's Notebooks/The New Republic

http://www.pierretristam.com/library/EF1-1123.htm

On December 12, 2005 The New Republic ran an opinion piece by its associate editor, Spencer Ackerman. "The significance of the London bombing is impossible to overstate. Although debate still rages over the degree to which Al Qaeda's increasingly disassociated leadership orchestrated the attack, the fact remains that the broader jihadist movement was able to draw upon...

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Scottish Religious Leaders from Many Faiths Gather to Discuss HIV/AIDS

December 12, 2005

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/health.cfm?id=2391772005

On December 12, 2005 The Scotsman reported, "Delegates from across the religious divide are to meet tomorrow for a conference on HIV and AIDS. The Right Reverend David Lacy, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, will welcome 40 delegates from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh communities to the Church of Scotland office on George Street. He said: 'These...

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Shelter Hosted by Mosque Eases Stereotypes

December 12, 2005

Source: IBN News

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On December 12, 2005 IBN News reported, "For the past few days, homeless mother Galadrial Neece-Estrada and her family have been sleeping someplace they would never have imagined - at a southeast Las Vegas mosque. Neece-Estrada, her boyfriend and their two sons... are spending a week at the mosque as guests of the Islamic Society of Nevada. 'I've been reading up on Ramadan (the Muslim holy month) in the classroom where we sleep,' the...

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Opinion: "Comments on Context"

December 12, 2005

Source: The Martin E. Marty Center

http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2005/1212.shtml

On December 12, 2005 The Martin E. Marty Center ran its weekly Sightings column by the Center's founder. "In [an] earlier Sightings column, I spoke of an RNA reporter and columnist who could be 'cucumber cool' about her reporting and warm and view-pointed in her columns ('Bishops and Budgets,' November 7). The question: Does she not thus do a...

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Imam Granted Doctorate in Bridge-Building at United Theological Seminary

December 10, 2005

Source: Charleston Gazette

http://wvgazette.com/section/Faith%20&%20Community/2005120923

On December 10, 2005 the Charleston Gazette reported, "Imam Mohammad Jamal Daoudi isn’t an engineer, but he has been studying bridge-building lately. The spiritual leader of the South Charleston-based Islamic Center of West Virginia recently earned a doctor of ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary, a Dayton, Ohio institution more accustomed to...

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Latinos, Christians, and Jews Gather with Muslims to Celebrate Al-Arian Victory

December 10, 2005

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://tampatrib.com/FloridaMetro/MGBSWTTF1HE.html

On December 10, 2005 The Tampa Tribune reported, "For Hatim Fariz, the oud - incense - smelled sweeter and the lamb tasted better in the wake of his acquittals on terrorism-related charges. Fariz went table to table, hugging and shaking hands at a community celebration Friday at the Islamic Community of Tampa... Fariz, a former office manager at a medical clinic in Spring Hill, was acquitted...

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