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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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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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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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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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Muslim Woman Asked to Leave Line At Credit Union Because Of Head Scarf

March 10, 2009

Author: Matt Zapotosky

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/09/AR2009030902387.html?sub=AR

A Muslim woman was asked to leave her place in line at a credit union in Southern Maryland and be served in a back room because the head scarf she wore for religious reasons violated the institution's "no hats, hoods or sunglasses" policy, the woman said yesterday.
...

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Oklahoma Muslims Seek Greater Understanding

March 9, 2009

Author: William F. O'Brien

Source: The Edmond Sun

http://www.edmondsun.com/opinion/local_story_068221249.html

Oklahoma Council of American Islamic Relations Director Razi Hashmi told the members of that organization at their third annual dinner last week that many Muslims came to this state seeking a better life. And on the whole, he said, they have succeeded in that endeavor.

Hashmi reminded them that the more than 30,000 Muslims...

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Malaysia's Minority Religious Leaders Condemn 'Allah' Ban

March 9, 2009

Author: Michelle Green

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=2797

Leaders of Malaysia's minority religious groups have criticised the country's government for restricting the use of the word Allah by non-Muslims in Bibles, a Catholic newspaper and other texts.

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism said in a statement made available on 6 March that...

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Courts, Jail Adjust to Religious Custom

March 8, 2009

Author: David Hench

Source: Portland Press Herald

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=243829

For many Muslim women, being seen in public with one's head uncovered is a violation of religious tenets as well as an embarrassing display of immodesty.

Head coverings also can be, to varying degrees, important to Jews, Sikhs and people of other faiths.

But that obligation has collided with security concerns and cultural...

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Defending the Faith

March 7, 2009

Author: Andrew Higgins

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123638477632658147.html

Christians have lived in these parts since the dawn of their faith. But they have had a rough couple of millennia, preyed on by Persian, Arab, Mongol, Kurdish and Turkish armies. Each group tramped through the rocky highlands that now comprise Turkey's southeastern border with Iraq and Syria.

The current menace is less...

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Hindu Families From Pak Seek Refuge In India

March 7, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Hindu-families-from-Pak-seek-refuge-in-India/articleshow/4239397.cms

Stating that they do not wish to return to Pakistan due to Taliban's tyranny in the tribal areas, a group 35 Hindus, nearly half of them women, from the neighbouring country have crossed over to India and asked the government to allow them to...

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