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U.S. Zeal for Iran's Non-Muslims Faulted

March 1, 2008

Author: Thomas Erdbrink and Karin Brulliard

Source: Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/29/AR2008022903488.html

For decades the United States has funded an effort intended to help Christians, Zoroastrians and Jews escape persecution in Iran. Now some of their leaders are questioning American motives as sects that have endured here for thousands of years dwindle...

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Palestinian Priest Defends Comments on Israel

March 1, 2008

Author: Rebecca Trounson

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs1mar01,1,3623156.story

The Rev. Naim Ateek is a white-haired, American-trained Anglican priest who supports nonviolent solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and often speaks of his dream of a world in which Israeli and Palestinian states exist peacefully, side by side.

Ateek is also the founder of Sabeel...

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Playing with Fire: Mixing Politics and Religion Can Be a Dangerous Game

March 1, 2008

Author: Jodi Enda

Source: Conscience

http://www.catholicsforchoice.org/conscience/current/cWinter0708_playingwithfire.asp

Less than two months before Iowans would go to their caucuses, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a “faithful citizenship statement” urging Catholics to “use the values of their faith to shape their political choice.” While the statement didn’t tell...

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Church Leaders Ask Condoleezza Rice to Address Gaza Crisis

February 29, 2008

Author: PRESS RELEASE

Source: Worldwide Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2008/02/msg00232.html

The Honorable Condoleezza Rice Secretary of State United States Department of State Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Rice,

As you prepare to return to the Middle East, we - the leaders of U.S. Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant churches and church-related organizations that make up Churches for Middle East Peace - are writing to ask you to take...

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Islamic Group Supports Jewish School Teams' Plea

February 29, 2008

Author: CATHERINE TSAI

Source: Examiner

Wire Service: AP

http://www.examiner.com/a-1249534~Islamic_group_supports_Jewish_school_teams__plea.html

A Jewish school's plea for basketball playoff games to be scheduled at times other than the Jewish Sabbath got support Thursday from an Islamic civil rights group.

"In a nation as religiously diverse as America, it is important...

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New Warning to Faith Charities

February 29, 2008

Author: Riazat Butt

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/29/religion

Faith charities encouraging or promoting violence or hatred risk losing their charitable status as part of a radical overhaul proposed by the Charity Commission.

For the first time all charities - including those advancing religion - must show that their aims are for the benefit of the public. Draft guidance, issued today, will explain to the...

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HAF Attends Attorney General Mukasey's Faith Leaders Roundtable Conference

February 26, 2008

Author: Press Release

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_mukasey.html

The Hindu American Foundation was invited by the Department of Justice to attend the Faith Leaders' Roundtable Conference. Attended by Attorney General Mukasey, the invitation-only meeting gathered eleven organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, the United States Conference of...

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43% of Hindus in US Earn Above USD100,000 Per Yr: Survey

February 26, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Indians_Abroad/43_of_Hindus_in_US_earn_above_USD100000_per_yr_Survey/articleshow/2815752.cms

Hindus in the US are better educated, most likely to be married and earn more than the members of most other faiths, reveals a new survey.

Nearly half (48 per cent) of Hindus in the country have...

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Hindu American Foundation Joins in Historic Hindu-Jewish Summit Held in Israel

February 26, 2008

Author: Press Release

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_israel.htm

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) was represented in a delegation of Hindu spiritual and lay leaders that visited Israel last week to attend the Second International Hindu-Jewish Summit organized by the World Council of Religious Leaders (WCORL) in conjunction with the American Jewish...

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Muslim Leaders Issue Letter to Improve Relations with Jewish Community

February 24, 2008

Author: Ruth Gledhill

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3426682.ece

Muslim leaders from around the world will tomorrow issue a statement to the world's Jewish Community in "a call for positive and constructive action that aims to improve Muslim - Jewish relations."

In the letter, which has emerged from the Muslim-Jewish study centre at the Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths in Cambridge,...

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Church Gives Generously to a Centre for all Faiths

February 22, 2008

Author: Ruth Gledhill

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3412722.ece

A diocese of the Church of England is giving an unprecedented £250,000 towards a multifaith building in which the largest amount of worship space will be reserved for Muslims.

The Guildford diocese is one of the wealthiest in the UK. The Bishop of Guildford, the Right Rev Christopher Hill, gave the £250,000 cheque...

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Faith Unites Jewish, Muslim Students

February 21, 2008

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080221/SCHOOLS/802210392

Even on this famously liberal campus, some University of Michigan students wonder what Muslims wearing head scarves and beards are doing hanging out with some of the Jews wearing yarmulkes. Why are they spending so much time together? Are they supposed to be doing that?

I mean, like, is it even...

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China Official Explains Religion Policy

February 20, 2008

Author: FOSTER KLUG

Source: AP

A senior Chinese official is trying to calm U.S. misgivings ahead of Beijing's coming Olympic Games about what the Bush administration sees as religious intolerance.

In Washington, the director of China's religious affairs bureau met with U.S. officials and spoke at Georgetown University.

Ye Xiaowen told reporters Wednesday, after talks with Undersecretary of State Paula Dobriansky, that China's peaceful development depends upon its respect for human rights and...

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Kremlin's Plans for Christian Curriculum in Schools Have Russian Jews Worried

February 19, 2008

Author: Anshel Pfeffer

Source: Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/955554.html

Russia's Jewish community is concerned about a possible government decision to allow the Pravoslav Orthodox Church to teach the principles of Christianity in all government schools. Now local Jewish leaders are trying to enlist Muslim community leaders in a fight against the decision.

Officially, Russia maintains a separation of church and state, but under...

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The President’s Passion Play

February 18, 2008

Author: Tracy McNicoll

Source: Newsweek

http://www.newsweek.com/id/109547

Being an Honorary Canon of The Basilica of Saint John of Lateran is an honor enjoyed by French leaders since Henri IV. Most don't care much (Presidents François Mitterrand and Georges Pompidou skipped the trip to Rome altogether). Not so current President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has been gaining a reputation as France's chief sermonizer. Last December, as he received his title, he made a long...

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