Interfaith

Interfaith Dialogue Held in Delhi

August 15, 2005

Source: Hindu Press International / Cihan News Agency

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2005/8/16.shtml#3

On August 15, 2005 the Cihan News Agency reported, "A symposium titled, 'Peace, tolerance and harmony among world religions,' was held in New Delhi Sunday by the 'Inter Faith Harmony Platform,' which was established by Indian Muslims. Many representatives from different religions participated in the symposium that was held for the first time in India. Indian deputy...

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Conservative Christians Blast Supreme Court at Justice Sunday II

August 15, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/172/story_17280_1.html

On August 15, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "Conservative religious and political leaders on Sunday dismissed charges that they are trying to legislate their religious beliefs, arguing instead God commands them to speak out against a Supreme Court that they say is at odds with most Americans' morals. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas...

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Hobby Airport Opens Interfaith Chapel

August 10, 2005

Source: KHOU.com

http://www.khou.com/news/local/stories/khou050810_gj_hobbychapel.5db7f278.html

On August 10, 2005 KHOU.com reported, "Area ministers and religious leaders were at Hobby Airport Wednesday morning for the unveiling of a new Interfaith Chapel. Worshippers of all faiths now have a place to pray at Hobby airport [in Houston, Texas]. 'We know a large number of people wanted a quiet and dignified place to meditate and pray at Hobby...

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British Government May Take Control of Muslim Schools

August 9, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/172/story_17252_1.html

On August 9, 2005 the Religion News Service reported, "To help combat terrorism, the British government is proposing an enormous expansion of the number of Muslim schools within its state sector, a London newspaper has reported. The Sunday Telegraph report says that the government is thinking of creating up to 150 Muslim schools within the state...

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Interfaith Activists Lament Islamic Council’s Fatwas Against Pluralism in Indonesia

August 6, 2005

Source: Micrificia.net

http://mirifica.net/wmview.php?ArtID=2007

On August 6, 2005 Micrificia.net reported, "Muslim and non-Muslim advocates of interfaith dialogue have expressed concern about a state-sanctioned Islamic council declaring that liberalism, secularism, pluralism and interfaith prayers are forbidden. On July 28, Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI, Indonesian Ulama Council) issued 11 fatwa (religious edicts) during its four-day national congress. About 300 ulama (religious...

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Butchers Close Shop Voluntarily for Jain Holy Week

August 3, 2005

Source: The Indian Express

http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=75568

On August 3, 2005 The Indian Express reported, "They have won the legal battle to keep meat shops open during the eight-day Jain holy period of Paryushan, but for the sake of communal harmony, butchers in the city have decided to down shutters during that period... The Qureshi Jamaat, an organisation of traditional butchers and slaughterers, has appealed to meat shop...

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Muslims and Christians Work to Ease Suffering, Hunger

August 2, 2005

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/24hour/religion/story/2602194p-11055022c.html

On August 2, 2005 The Sacramento Bee reported, "Behind the high, brown wall of a clinic run by a Muslim charity, nurses care for hundreds of hungry children. Down the road 150 yards, members of a Christian congregation discuss how to stretch funds collected at Sunday services to help more of the poorest in drought-stricken, overwhelmingly Muslim Niger. 'There...

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Indonesia’s Islamic Authorities Issue Fatwas Against Pluralism

August 2, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,1541091,00.html

On August 2, 2005 The Guardian reported, "Indonesia's reputation as a bastion of moderate, tolerant Islam has been cast in doubt after the nation's ulemas council (MUI) issued 11 fatwas banning liberal Islamic thought, religious pluralism, inter-faith marriage, inter-faith prayers led by non-Muslims and women leading prayers attended by men. At its...

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Kanwaria Festival Offers Opportunity for Harmony Between Hindus and Muslims

August 1, 2005

Source: Kerala Next

http://www.keralanext.com/news/?id=301570

On August 1, 2005 Kerala Next reported, "The ongoing Kanwaria festival in Gangotri and Haridwar in Uttranchal state showcases communal harmony between Hindus and Muslims at its best. This atmosphere of brotherhood and communal bonhomie is most visible in wooden 'Kanwars' (frame or batons used to carry pots containing water), most of which are manufactured by Muslims. The holy water is carried in earthen pots that hang...

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Interfaith Weddings in North Jersey Create Blended Cultural Ceremonies

July 31, 2005

Source: Times Leader / The Record

http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/living/12268601.htm

On July 31, 2005 The Record reported, "In multicultural regions, such as North Jersey, wedding customs often go way beyond something-borrowed, something-blue Americana. Many couples instead pay homage to ancient traditions or forge a unique ceremony to avoid a culture clash between families. 'Ceremonies are becoming more personalized, less cookie-cutter,' said...

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Opinion: "Interreligious Harmony Gets Very Little Press"

July 30, 2005

Source: L.A. Daily News

http://www.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200~24781~2988743,00.html

On July 30, 2005 the L.A. Daily News ran an opinion piece by Jonathan Dobrer, a professor of comparative religion at the University of Judaism in Bel-Air who recently conducted a panel discussion as part of the university's Great Faiths program. "For most of the last 1,700 years, just a Catholic priest in a Jewish institution would have been considered remarkable. A...

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Court Oath Lawsuit Begs Question of Pluralism in America

July 29, 2005

Source: The Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/article/society/1704/section/scriptures.lawsuit.places.focus.on.pluralism.in.america/1.htm

On July 29, 2005 The Christian Post reported, "A lawsuit in North Carolina asking that religious texts other than Bible to be used in court for swearing in has highlighted the challenges one city is experiencing as the nation becomes more diverse. In...

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Dearborn brings the Arab World to America

July 28, 2005

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050728/OPINION/507280383/1002

On July 28, 2005 The Indianapolis Star reported, "About 300 miles northeast of Indy, Dearborn is home to the largest concentration of Arabs outside the Middle East. Thirty percent of Dearborn's residents are of Arab origin, as are half the kids in its public schools... The Arab population is Christian and Muslim, Sunni and Shia...

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Update: Other Holy Books and Scriptures May Soon be Used for Court Oaths

July 27, 2005

Source: TheBostonChannel.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/irresistible/4774439/detail.html

On July 27, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The American Civil Liberties Union said witnesses in North Carolina courtrooms should be allowed to swear to tell the truth on scriptures other than the Bible. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit to permit oaths to be taken on the holy books of Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and...

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