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Pope Tells Muslims That Religion Rejects Violence

March 19, 2009

Author: Victor L. Simpson

Source: The Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6321336.html

Religion must reject violence, Pope Benedict XVI told Muslim leaders Thursday before celebrating an open-air Mass in front of thousands and delivering a message of hope for Africa's expanding, vibrant Catholic flock.

In Cameroon's capital of Yaounde, a clapping,...

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Britain Consults Hindu, Muslim Groups On Poverty

March 18, 2009

Author: Hasan Suroor

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hindu.com/2009/03/18/stories/2009031856351300.htm

The British government on Tuesday held consultations with representatives of the country’s Hindu and Muslim communities on how they can help in delivering its development goals in Third World countries, including India.

Their recommendations would form the basis of a White Paper being prepared by the Department of International...

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Former Senior Metropolitan Police Officer Calls for Muslim Helpline to Tackle Extremism

March 18, 2009

Author: Riazat Butt

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/18/tarique-ghaffur-muslim-helpline

A former senior Metropolitan police officer, Tarique Ghaffur, has called for a national Muslim helpline to encourage parents to inform on their radicalised children.

The recommendation is one of several he will make tonight in a public address at Leicester University, where he will present his ideas on...

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Ex-R.I. Priest Who Follows Two Faiths Faces Ouster

March 15, 2009

Author: Richard C. Dujardin

Source: The Providence Journal

http://www.projo.com/news/content/priest_03-15-09_QMDMFI7_v3.1dc7473.html

Even as a Brown University student, Ann Holmes Redding was never far away from controversy.

She was barely into her freshman year in 1968 when she joined a black student walkout to get the university to admit more blacks — a move that resulted in a near quadrupling of the number of...

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Muslim Students Accuse RMIT Of 'Bad Faith' Over Prayer Centre

March 13, 2009

Author: Barney Zwartz

Source: WA Today

http://www.watoday.com.au/national/muslim-students-accuse-rmit-of-bad-faith-over-prayer-centre-20090313-8xy8.html?page=1

RMIT faces an international Muslim backlash over a 16-month dispute about dedicated prayer rooms at the Swanston Street campus, a student Muslim leader said yesterday.

Some Muslims had already left RMIT for Victoria...

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Egyptian Christian's Recognition Struggle

March 13, 2009

Author: Christopher Landau

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7888193.stm

Maher al-Gohary has converted from Islam to Christianity. In spite of facing death threats, he's engaged in a legal battle to have his changed religion recognised on his official Egyptian documents.

We drive through the chaotic streets of Cairo to meet Mr Gohary's lawyer at a petrol station.

His client lives in hiding, and doesn't...

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One Priest, Two Faiths, And Lots Of Questions

March 12, 2009

Author: Daniel Burke

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17707

Friday afternoons find the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding at the Al-Islam Center in Seattle, reciting Muslim prayers.

Come Sunday, she heads about two miles south to kneel in the pews of St. Clement's of Rome Episcopal Church.

"My experience and my call is to continue to follow Jesus," said Redding, an Episcopal priest for the past 25...

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Credit Union Apologizes to Woman Over Head Scarf

March 11, 2009

Author: Matt Zapotosky

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/10/AR2009031003981.html

Navy Federal Credit Union apologized yesterday to a Muslim woman who was asked to leave her place in line and be served in a back room at a branch in Southern Maryland because the head scarf she wore for religious reasons violated the institution's "no hats, hoods or sunglasses" policy...

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Officials: Terror Worries Tied to Minnesota Somali Community

March 11, 2009

Author: Lolita C. Baldor

Source: Star Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/congress/41076427.html?elr=KArks7PYDiaK7DU2EPaL_V_9E7ODiUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

Senior counterterrorism officials say the East Africa-based terrorist group that is recruiting young men from the Minneapolis region has ties to al-Qaida insurgents, including...

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Hindus, Muslims Celebrate Lucknow's 'Holi Baraat'

March 11, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Hindus-Muslims-celebrate-Lucknows-Holi-Baraat/rssarticleshow/4252309.cms

Amid shouts of "Holi hai", a large number of Hindus and Muslims came together here on Wednesday for a 40-year-old practise of jointly celebrating the festival of colours in the old quarter.

Dancing to the beat of drums,...

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Healing Deep Wounds With the Muslim World

March 10, 2009

Author: Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

Source: International Herald Tribune/Bloomberg News

http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/03/10/asia/letter.php

Indonesia's top-rated youth-music television show, featuring dancing divas in sequined minidresses, is an unlikely venue for President Barack Obama's drive to repair the U.S. image among Muslims.

Appearing on "Dahsyat" ("Awesome") in Jakarta last month during her first overseas trip as U.S. secretary...

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NC Director First Muslim Appointed to Raleigh News & Observer Community Panel

March 10, 2009

Author: Aishah Schwartz

Source: Muslim American Society

http://www.masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=5308

MAS Freedom-NC, the Raleigh chapter of MAS Freedom (MASF), the civic and human rights advocacy entity of the Muslim American Society (MAS), announces the appointment of Director, Khalilah Sabra as the first Muslim member of the Raleigh News...

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Inquiry to Check Faith Schools Are Teaching Right From Wrong

March 10, 2009

Author: Nicola Woolcock

Source: Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/education/article5877732.ece

Independent faith schools are to be investigated by Ofsted over government concerns that some do not teach children how to fit in with British society.

The review will examine the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils at small religious schools. It will look at whether...

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