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Interfaith Rally Expresses Support for Same-Sex Marriage

April 10, 2005

Source: Macleans.ca

http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/news/shownews.jsp?content=n041059A

On April 10, 2005 Macleans.ca reported, "Hundreds of same-sex supporters hooted, sang and clapped their hands to a choir singing Chapel of Love at a boisterous rally Sunday that saw Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other religious leaders calling for the right to perform gay and lesbian marriages.

The rare union of various faiths was one of five gatherings...

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Interfaith Group Backs Out of Troy National Day of Prayer

April 9, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3172872

On April 9, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "an interfaith group that originally asked to be included in a National Day of Prayer ceremony at Troy City Hall says it's backing out. The group says the reason is that the National Day of Prayer Task Force is an exclusively Christian organization. The interfaith group also includes Hindus, Muslims, Jews and members of other religions. An...

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Outrage Over Arrest of 16 Year Old Muslim Teen on Suspicion of Terror Link

April 9, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/09/nyregion/09suicide.html?oref=login

On April 9, 2005 The New York Times reported, "at Heritage High School in East Harlem, where the student idiom is hip-hop and salsa, the 16-year-old Guinean girl stood out, but not just because she wore Islamic dress. She was so well liked that when she ran for student body president, she came in second to one of her best friends - the Christian daughter of...

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Pope's Funeral Was Global Event

April 9, 2005

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,20709-1561066,00.html

On April 9, 2005 The Times reported, "It was truly a global funeral. In the Asian evening, the European and African morning and the American small hours, tens of millions were glued to television screens — from giant ones in parks to tiny satellite receivers in China, where state broadcasters ignored it all...In France, Europe’s biggest Roman Catholic nation, thousands...

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Op-Ed on Amina Wadud and Progressive Muslims

April 9, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/04/09/when_islam_clashes_with_womens_rights/

On April 9, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "nearly two weeks ago, Amina Wadud, an African-American activist and a professor of Islamic studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, deliberately broke with Islamic tradition by leading a mixed-gender prayer service in...

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Mixed-Gender Prayers at the Islamic Center on Embassy Row

April 8, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20050408-070423-4489r.htm

On April 8, 2005 The Washington Times reported, "two women -- one of them a veteran campaigner and the other a novice -- prayed beside men Friday in Washington's Islamic Center, the hub of America's Muslim community... Rahat Khan, [a tax accountant from Maryland], new in this campaign for demanding equal rights for women inside the mosque, almost turned away from...

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Diverse Religious Leaders Offer Prayers for Pope at Buddhist Temple in New Delhi

April 8, 2005

Source: The Hindu

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200504082029.htm

On April 8, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "Religious leaders from all communities today came together under one banner in the national capital to offer prayers for the late Pope John Paul II, who they said was the greatest proponent of communal harmony. While maulvis chanted verses from the holy Quran, a Hindu priest recited the...

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Launch of National Council of American Muslim Non-Profits

April 8, 2005

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islamonline.org/English/News/2005-04/08/article03.shtml

On April 8, 2005 IslamOnline.net reported, "responding to the shutdown and restrictions on the Islamic charities and non-profit groups in the United States, US Muslims announced the formation of the National Council of American Muslims Non-Profits in an effort to develop a comprehensive oversight mechanism ensuring transparency and protection for the Muslim...

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Florida CAIR Leader Expresses Condolences on Death of Pope

April 7, 2005

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2005/04/07/Opinion/A_better_retirement_f.shtml

On April 7, 2005 the St. Petersburg Times printed a letter to the editor by Ahmed Bedier, Central Florida director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Tampa, in which he expressed condolenses for the death of Pope John Paul II. Bedier wrote, "On behalf of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim community, I would like to...

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Arabic Soon to be Second Only to French in Francophone Schools

April 7, 2005

Source: Jewish Tribune

http://jewishtribune.ca/tribune/jt-050407-02.html

On April 7, 2005 the Jewish Tribune reported, "For many years, it was the norm that English was the dominant second language throughout Quebec’s primary and secondary francophone schools. But if recent school enrolment trends continue, that linguistic status will no longer be the case. English will be replaced by Arabic. And it could happen as early as next year. According to figures that...

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Metro Detroit Muslims Mourn Loss of Pope John Paul II

April 6, 2005

Source: The Detroit News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.detnews.com/2005/religion/0504/06/A04-141579.htm

On April 6, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Muslims across Metro Detroit are expressing sadness and concern at the death of Pope John Paul II, who, they say, transcended the boundaries of different faiths and brought many Christians to a greater understanding of Islam. Many said they are saddened by the loss of a great...

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Oklahoma Community Starts Progressive Interfaith Coalition

April 6, 2005

Source: The Daily O'Collegian

http://www.ocolly.com/new_ocollycom/show_story.php?a_id=26224

On April 6, 2005 The Daily O'Collegian reported, "Stillwater residents and Oklahoma State University faculty members and students concerned about the political direction of the nation recently formed the Progressive Interfaith Coalition in the wake of the 2004 presidential campaign. The coalition was established because of the concern about 'The lack of challenge to...

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The Gandhi Project Screens Arabic Version of Film to Inspire Non-Violent Resistance

April 6, 2005

Source: The New York Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/international/AP-Palestinians-Gandhis-Message.html

On April 6, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Actor Ben Kingsley and U.S. philanthropists unveiled an Arabic version of the film 'Gandhi' on Wednesday, hoping to bring the legendary Indian revolutionary's message of nonviolent resistance to Palestinian towns, villages and refugee...

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