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CAIR Launches Fundraising Campaign for Repairing Churches Damaged in Reaction to Pope's Comments

September 21, 2006

Source: Brandenton Herald

http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/15574754.htm

On September 21, 2006 the Brandenton Herald reported, "The Council on American-Islamic Relations presented a check for $5,000 this afternoon to the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg as seed money for a campaign to fund the repair of churches damaged by violence in reaction to Pope Benedict's comments. Organizers of the American-Muslim grassroots campaign hope to take the effort worldwide....

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Interfaith Service in Western New York Attended by Over 6,000

September 21, 2006

Source: University of Buffalo Reporter

http://www.buffalo.edu/reporter/vol38/vol38n4/articles/HHDL_Interfaith.html

On September 21, 2006 University of Buffalo Reporter reported, "In the first appearance of his three-day visit to [the University of Buffalo], His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama participated in an interfaith service on Monday in Alumni Arena that showcased the religious diversity of Western New York, featuring spiritual...

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Muslim Soldiers Begin to Observe Ramadan

September 21, 2006

Source: Fort Jackson Leader/Army News Service

http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?story_id_key=9604

On September 21, 2006 the Army News Service reported, "Muslim believers around the world will begin observing the month of Ramadan on Saturday, and many Muslim Soldiers will join them. Ramadan is named after the ninth month on the Islamic Lunar calendar when the Qu’ran commands Muslims to abstain from food, drink and other physical comforts and pleasures, from dawn...

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Op/ed: "Now For the Real Debate" by Tariq Ramadan

September 21, 2006

Source: The Globe and Mail

http://kabobfest.blogspot.com/2006/09/weekend-reading-real-debate.html

On September 21, 2006 The Globe and Mail published a commentary by Tariq Ramadan, "A few sentences by the Pope were sufficient to touch off a firestorm. Throughout the Muslim world, religious leaders, politicians and intellectuals joined their voices to masses angered by a perceived 'insult' to their faith. Most did not read the speech; others reliedon a...

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Egyptian Court Postpones Baha'i Case Again

September 21, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=480

On September 21, 2006 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "The Supreme Administrative Court here has again postponed its hearing on the government appeal of a lower court's ruling upholding the right of a Baha'i couple to have their religion properly identified on government documents. In a brief hearing on Saturday, 16 September 2006, the Court continued the case until 20 November in...

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"Allah's Trailblazer" by R. Jonathan Moore

September 21, 2006

Source: Martin Marty Center

http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2006/0921.shtml

On September 21, 2006 the Martin Marty Center ran an opinion piece by R. Jonathan Moore, a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Religious Studies at Grinnell College. "Minnesota's fifth congressional district is about to make some history. This past week, Keith Ellison defeated three challengers to receive the Democrat-Farmer-Labor Party's nomination for the U....

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Critics Say Pope Needs to Refocus on Interfaith Efforts

September 20, 2006

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-te.md.pope20sep20,0,6467396.story

On September 20, 2006 The Baltimore Sun reported, "When Pope Benedict XVI was elected almost 18 months ago, some people within and outside the Roman Catholic Church predicted that his background would shift the papacy away from the interfaith outreach that was the legacy of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II. They say the flap over Pope...

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Gujarat Religion Law Hotly Contested

September 20, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5362802.stm

On September 20, 2006 BBC News reported, "Christians and Muslims in the western Indian state of Gujarat have expressed resentment over an amendment in the law relating to religious conversions. They say that moves by the state government to classify Buddhism and Jainism as branches of the Hindu religion are unconstitutional. Christians and Muslims have accused the authorities of trying to polarise the...

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Pompano Beach Ministers to Distribute Anti-Islam Comic Books

September 19, 2006

Source: Local 10

http://www.justnews.com/news/9883283/detail.html

On September 19, 2006 Local 10 reported, "A coalition of ministers led by the Rev. O'Neal Dozier plan to distribute comic strip booklets about the Islam religion, which they believe 'teaches evil and hatred,' in opposition to a zoning change that allows the Islamic Center of South Florida to begin construction on a new mosque in a predominantly black community. The city council voted 3-2 in June to...

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"Pope Benedict's Comments Were Unwise and Provocative, But the Best Course for Muslims is to Turn the Other Cheek" by Raheel Raza and Tarek Fatah

September 19, 2006

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/main/archives/2006/09/pope_benedicts.php#more

On September 19, 2006 Muslim Wake Up! published a commentary by Raheel Raza and Tarek Fatah, "It's ironic that while more than 1,000 delegates met at a congress in Montreal called World's Religions After September 11, where they discussed initiatives aimed at building greater understanding among followers of all faiths, halfway across the globe Pope...

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Pope's Apology Fails to Quell Protests

September 19, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/19/world/europe/19pope.html

On September 19, 2006 The New York Times reported, "Many Muslims insisted Monday that Pope Benedict XVI did not go far enough in his apology on Sunday for the offense caused by a speech he gave last week that discussed Islam and holy war. In the southern Iraqi city of Basra, protesters burned an effigy of the pope, and an Iraqi group linked to Al Qaeda posted a warning on a...

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Muslim Version of Speed Dating a Mix of Tradition and Trend

September 19, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/19/us/19dating.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

On September 19, 2006 The New York Times reported, "So here’s the thing about speed dating for Muslims. Many American Muslims — or at least those bent on maintaining certain conservative traditions — equate anything labeled 'dating' with hellfire, no matter how short a time is involved. Hence the wildly popular speed dating...

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Educators Struggle to Uphold Dress Codes in Light of Religious Accommodations

September 19, 2006

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/fortbend/news/4191316.html

On September 19, 2006 the Houston Chronicle reported, "When Principal James May took over I.H. Kempner High School, a pecan-tree-lined campus named after the Imperial Sugar founder, the 35-year public school veteran found himself facing a new sort of quandary. Although the Sugar Land school has a dress code barring goatees and short skirts alike, a number of...

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Michigan Religious Leaders Respond to Challenges Posed by Pope's Remarks

September 19, 2006

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060919/OPINION01/609190305/1008

On September 19, 2006 The Detroit News reported, "In a Sept. 12 homily in Germany, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a 14th-century Byzantine emperor who criticized the Prophet Mohammed. He has apologized for reading the statements, 'which do not in any way express my personal thought.' The following are reactions from Michigan's...

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