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American Muslims Embrace "Ameen" as a Rite of Passage

February 2, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/02/AR2006020200845.html

On February 2, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "In the world of religion, there are certain milestones. Young Roman Catholics have confirmation and, along with some young Protestants, first Communions. Now a growing Muslim population in America is importing a rite of passage...

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Faith-Based Groups Respond to Immigration Crisis

February 2, 2006

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0202/p13s02-lihc.html?s=hns

On February 2, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "As the US Senate and state legislatures take up the hot political issue of immigration reform, religious voices are joining others in calling for a more comprehensive approach. While faith leaders support the need to enforce the law and protect national security, many say that a strict emphasis on enforcement...

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SALDEF Meets with Attorney General to Discuss Sikh Concerns

February 2, 2006

Source: Sikh News Network

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/RecentNewsHTML/EE221168D3BD0B3F8725710900664187!OpenDocument

On February 2, 2006 the Sikh News Network reported, "On Monday the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), the nation’s oldest Sikh American civil rights advocacy organization, met with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to discuss a variety of issues relevant to the Sikh...

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Opinion: "Shutting Out a Voice for Islam"

February 2, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2006/02/02/shutting_out_a_voice_for_islam/

On February 2, 2006 the The Boston Globe ran an opinion piece by Diana Eck, professor of comparative religion at Harvard University, president of the American Academy of Religion, and director of the Pluralism Project. "Why is the American Academy of Religion, with more than 10,000...

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ADL Issues Statement in Response to Cartoon Controversy

February 2, 2006

Source: ADL Press Release

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASInt_13/4858_13.htm

On February 2, 2006 an ADL Press Release reported, "The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) issued the following statement in response to the controversy stemming from the twelve cartoons depicting Mohammed featured in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten and reprinted in other European newspapers:

ADL is opposed to religious, racial and ethnic stereotyping in the media. We found some of the...

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At the National Prayer Breakfast, Increased Diversity and a Call for Faith-Based Responses to Poverty

February 2, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/184/story_18477_1.html

On February 2, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "President Bush and rock star Bono, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday (Feb. 2), preached messages promoting faith-based activism on behalf of the world's poor. Bono, a musician with the Irish band U2, has drawn attention in recent years to those afflicted by AIDS and poverty in...

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Opinion: "Citizenship Questionnaire" Shows Anti-Muslim Bias

February 2, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2006/01/24/muslim_undesirables_need_not_apply/

On February 2, 2006 The Boston Globe ran an opinion piece by columnist H.D.S. Greenway, who writes, "German liberals and Muslims... are outraged over a questionnaire that the state proposes to put before those seeking German citizenship... [S]ince January, if the authorities...

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Chief Rabbi and Other Jewish Leaders Condemn Cartoons of Muhammad

February 2, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society/European Jewish Press

http://www.masnet.org/articleinterest.asp?id=3164

On February 2, 2006 the European Jewish Press reported, "France's chief rabbi Joseph Sitruk and the central Jewish Consistoire joined their Muslim and Christian counterparts on Thursday denouncing press drawings portraying Islamic prophet Muhammad... 'I share the anger of Muslims following this publication,” said Sitruk after a scheduled meeting with French Prime...

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Judge Apologizes for Ordering Woman to Leave Court for Not Removing Headscarf

February 1, 2006

Source: U.S. Newswire

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=60323

On February 1, 2006 a U.S. Newswire Press Release stated, "The Seattle, Wash., office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Seattle) today thanked a Tacoma judge who offered an apology to a Muslim woman who was ejected from court for refusing to remove her religiously- mandated headscarf. CAIR-Seattle also applauded a new policy being formulated to allow religious exemptions to...

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Update: Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace Calls on Radio Station to Repudiate Hate Programming

February 1, 2006

Source: Yahoo! News/CAIR Press Release

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060201/dcw074.html?.v=16

On February 1, 2006 a Council on American Islamic Relations Press Release reported, "On Thursday, February 2, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP) will hold a news conference outside KFI-AM 640 radio [in Burbank] to urge that station officials repudiate anti-Muslim hate programming... ICUJP says the news conference was prompted by an e-mail from a KFI...

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Senator Shaw Named to CAIR Board

February 1, 2006

Source: The News and Observer

Wire Service: AP

http://dwb.newsobserver.com/news/ncwire_news/story/2886799p-9342760c.html

On February 1, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "A North Carolina senator has been elected to the board of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an Islamic civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR announced the appointment of Sen. Larry Shaw, a Democrat from Cumberland County and a Muslim, on...

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Interfaith Leaders Pledge to Build Peace in Region

January 31, 2006

Source: AllAfrica.com/Catholic Information Service for Africa

http://allafrica.com/stories/200601310302.html

On January 31, 2006 Catholic Information Service for Africa reported, "Interfaith leaders from West Africa and the United States meeting in Liberia vowed to work together to monitor government activity, promote justice and equality, and minimize corruption to help achieve lasting peace in the region. Regional faith leaders committing to the initiative included...

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Buddhist and Muslim Women Grieve Side by Side in �Widows Village�

January 30, 2006

Source: Gulfnews

Wire Service: Reuters

http://archive.gulfnews.com/world/Thailand/10015086.html

On January 30, 2006 Reuters reported, "In a remote rice paddy in Thailand's violence-torn south, a new village offers solace to dozens of women who lost their men to bombs and bullets. It is known as 'Widows' Village.'

Amid rows of new wooden homes, Muslims and Buddhists live side-by-side united in the grief wrought during a 2-...

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Interfaith Coffee Coop Thrives

January 30, 2006

Source: Yes!

http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?id=1344

On January 30, 2006 Yes! reported, "Mirembe Kawomera coffee delivers a double jolt. First, there’s the caffeine, but right behind that tang comes the jolt of learning that the arabica beans were sold by an alliance of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Ugandan farmers. This unique cooperative in the Mbale region of Uganda is Mirembe Kawomera—Delicious Peace. Their coffee comes to market fairly traded,...

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