Interfaith

Islamic-Christian Conference Says Egyptians Should Be Treated Equal Regardless of Religion

December 18, 2004

Source: Arabic News

http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/041218/2004121835.html

On December 18, 2004 Arabic News reported, "The Islamic-Christian conference wrapped up Friday in Ain Al Sukhna with a call of rejecting distinction between the Egyptian people on the basis of race or religion. The three-day conference concluded that the three monotheistic religions should be respected, stressing Islam's longstanding principle that there was no compulsion...

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Weston-Wayland Interfaith Action Group Upset by Anti-Muslim Flyer

December 16, 2004

Source: The Weston Town Crier

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On December 16, 2004 The Weston Town Crier reported, "the Weston-Wayland Interfaith Action Group (WWIAG) [was] profoundly disturbed and saddened to learn from The Wayland Town Crier on Nov. 25 ("Police investigating anti-Islamic flier") that Wayland was recently subjected to untruthful, anonymous leafleting that slandered our Muslim friends and neighbors at the Islamic Center of Boston. Illegally inserted into residential...

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UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution Promoting Religious and Cultural Understanding

December 16, 2004

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2004/12/17/top7.htm

On December 16, 2004 Dawn reported, "The UN General Assembly adopted on Wednesday a Pakistan-sponsored resolution entitled 'Promotion of Religious and Cultural Understanding, Harmony and Cooperation' by consensus. Twenty other countries, including Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cape Verde, China, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Morocco, Panama, Timor Leste, Sudan, Tajikistan, Togo...

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USDA Awards $1 Million to Faith Based Organizations

December 15, 2004

Source: Worcester Telegram

Wire Service: AP

http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041215/APN/412150852

On December 15, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "the Department of Agriculture on Wednesday awarded $1 million in grants to eight faith- and community-based organizations for food stamp programs. USDA Secretary Ann Veneman said the grants, to test outreach strategies to underserved individuals and...

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New Interfaith Group in MA Builds Relationships

December 12, 2004

Source: The Metro West Daily News

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=85081

On December 12, 2004 The Metro West Daily News reported, "they're Congregationalists, Baptists, Catholics, Jews, Unitarians and Episcopalians. Some are city dwellers turned suburbanites. Others are immigrants new to America. Many are novice community organizers. All live in MetroWest and believe their spiritual calling has the power to inspire...

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Balkan Leaders Agree Dialogue Only Way to Prevent Return of Ethnic Violence

December 10, 2004

Source: The State

Wire Service: AP

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/world/10386076.htm

On December 10, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Balkan leaders on Friday agreed that strengthening regional dialogue was the only way to prevent the return of ethnic violence that wracked the region in the 1990s. Closing a two-day summit on ethnic and religious tolerance, the presidents of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria,...

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Commentary on Debate Over Religious Holiday Decorations

December 5, 2004

Source: Daily News Transcript

http://www.dailynewstranscript.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=46369

On December 5, 2004 Daily News Transcript reported, "the formerly innocent act of decorating the town square has inspired a new tradition of argument and litigation. In Norwood [MA], they've been fighting for years over a nativity scene that has long been placed in front of an elementary school. It won't be there this year both the law and common...

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Interfaith Conference to Promote Moderation and Counter Extremism

December 5, 2004

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-12/05/article04.shtml

On December 5, 2004 IslamOnline.net reported, "Religious leaders from Asia and the Pacific will meet in Indonesia on Monday, December 5, to promote moderation and counter extremism. The two-day meeting -- the International Dialogue on Interfaith Cooperation -- is being co-hosted by Australia and Indonesia in tandem with the Muhammadiyah, Indonesia’s...

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High-Ranking Interfaith Dialogue Takes Place in Manhattan

December 3, 2004

Source: The Jewish Week

http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=10196

On December 3, 2004 The Jewish Week reported, "in medieval times in the Middle East, translators in synagogues would render the reading of the weekly Torah portion from Hebrew into the vernacular Arabic or Aramaic. Something similar took place in Manhattan this week. As Burton Visotzky, professor of midrash at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, read the biblical...

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ACLU and CAIR Host Forum in FL on Treatment of Immigrants

December 2, 2004

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://tampatrib.com/floridametronews/MGBZFLPI82E.html

On December 2, 2004 The Tampa Tribune reported, "federal antiterrorism legislation and the backlash against the Arab community is driving the undocumented population away from the mainstream, according to immigration and civil rights advocates. Dalia Hashad, the American Civil Liberties Union's national advocate for Arabs, Muslims and South Asians, recounted anecdotes of Arab and Muslim...

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U.S. Embassy to Holy See Sponsoring Conference on Religious Freedom

December 1, 2004

Source: Zenit

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On December 1, 2004 Zenit reported, "This Friday the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See is sponsoring a conference on 'Religious Freedom: The Cornerstone of Human Dignity.' U.S. Ambassador Jim Nicholson spoke with ZENIT about the event and its context. [When asked,] 'Where did the idea for this conference come from and what are its aims?' [Nicholson said,] President Bush has said that religious liberty is the first freedom of the human soul. America stands...

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