Judaism

Who Defines a "Moderate Muslim"?

September 17, 2006

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/politics/cal/la-me-muslim17sep17,1,2367611.story

On September 17, 2006 the Los Angeles Times reported, "Who is a moderate Muslim?

Is it Maher Hathout, the Los Angeles Muslim leader who has promoted interfaith relations and women's equality but denounced Israel as a brutal apartheid regime?

Is it Tashbih Sayyed, a journalist based in Alta Loma, Calif., who...

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An Update on Rev. David Benke, Suspended for Participating in Interfaith Service

September 16, 2006

Source: Kitsap Sun

http://www1.kitsapsun.com/bsun/fe_religion/article/0,2403,BSUN_19075_4997463,00.html

On September 16, 2006 Kitsap Sun reported, "'Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero.' On the screen was Rev. David Benke, a Lutheran minister of the Missouri Synod. He was one of many New York religious leaders that spoke at the interfaith Yankee Stadium, 'A Prayer for America' service that convened primarily as a way to provide solace to...

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In Sunnyvale's Light Industrial Zones, Diverse Faiths Flourish

September 16, 2006

Source: The Mercury News

On September 16, 2006 The Mercury News reported, "To reach Bible Way Christian Center in San Jose, turn southeast at Fry's Electronics, then left at the mill fabric sign. The squat tan building with the ``Duel Systems integrated electronics packaging'' sign on one side -- but no cross in front -- is the church. Despite its untraditional setting, flourishing Bible Way has grown to more than 500 members and soon it will be moving -- to a bigger industrial site. Churches, temples and mosques are increasingly...

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Interfaith Remembrance of 9/11 Held at the Islamic Center of Southern California

September 15, 2006

Source: Jewish Journal

On September 15, 2006 the Jewish Journal reported, "Five years and 3,000 miles from the site of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the mournful strains of calls to prayer in Hebrew and Arabic open the Islamic Center of Southern California's fourth annual commemoration of the attacks of Sept. 11. The audience, dressed in saris, suits, skirts or slacks, bareheaded, or wearing head scarves, kippahs, kufis or turbans, gathered to pray together and to honor three religious leaders, Jewish, Christian and Muslim...

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London Week of Peace Begins with Interfaith Meeting

September 14, 2006

Source: Enfield Independent

http://www.enfieldindependent.co.uk/news/localnews/display.var.922154.0.united_for_a_peaceful_life.php

On September 14, 2006 the Enfield Independent reported, "London Week of Peace kicked off positively on Monday, as ninety community leaders gathered for a 'Peace through Diversity' meeting at the headquarters of the Greater London Authority. Discussing what makes peace possible in the city,...

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Op/ed: "Looking for Extremism in All the Wrong Places"

September 14, 2006

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-sokatch14sep14,0,7582733.story

On September 14, 2006 the Los Angeles Times published an opinion piece by Daniel Sokatch, executive director of the Los Angeles-based Progressive Jewish Alliance, "Moments after I heard about the shootings at the Seattle Jewish Federation building earlier this summer, my phone rang. It was Salam Al-Marayati, the executive director of the Muslim Public...

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For the First Time since WWII, German Rabbis Ordained

September 14, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5344466.stm

On September 14, 2006 BBC News reported, "A group of rabbis has been ordained in Germany for the first time since World War II and the destruction by the Nazis of the country's Jewish seminaries. Three Jewish graduates from the Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam were ordained in the eastern city of Dresden. More than 100,000 Jews live in Germany but there is a dearth of rabbis - there are only about 25 of them...

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Zionist Organization of America Wants Investigation of LA Human Relations Committee Regarding Award for Muslim Leader

September 13, 2006

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-hathout13sep13,1,4470623.story

On September 13, 2006 the Los Angeles Times reported, "The Zionist Organization of America asked for an investigation Tuesday into allegations that the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission violated state open meeting laws when it selected a local Muslim leader for its annual humanitarian award.

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Kazakh President Convenes Congress of World and Traditional Religions to Promote Tolerance, Security

September 13, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5341822.stm

On September 13, 2006 BBC News reported, "More than 40 spiritual leaders from around the world are in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, for the Congress of World and Traditional Religions. The event was organised by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, to promote security and stability through religious tolerance and understanding. Critics say it was also designed to promote Kazakhstan. Delegates...

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Dispute, Division over Award to Muslim Leader, Dr. Hathout

September 12, 2006

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-me-hathout12sep12,1,215339.story

On September 12, 2006 the Los Angeles Times reported, "In a public hearing spiced with accusations of Jew-hating and Muslim-bashing, nearly four dozen religious, ethnic and civil rights activists spoke out Monday on whether a prominent Los Angeles Muslim should be disqualified from receiving a prestigious humanitarian award because...

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Chaplain James Yee Reflects Back on 9/11

September 12, 2006

Source: Esquire

http://www.esquire.com/features/articles/2006/060807_mfe_September_06_Yee.html

In September 2006 Esquire reported, "James Yee, a West Point graduate and Muslim Army chaplain, was arrested in September 2003 for spying and aiding the enemy while ministering to detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. His record was eventually cleared. Yee has since written a book about his experience, For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under...

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Update: Arbitration Fails in Jerusalem's Museum of Tolerance Dispute

September 11, 2006

Source: Monterey Herald

Wire Service: AP

http://www.montereyherald.com/mld/montereyherald/news/politics/15493645.htm

On September 11, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Arbitration between Jewish and Arab groups over the building of a museum promoting religious tolerance on the site of an old Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem has failed, officials said Monday. The Los-Angeles based Simon Wiesenthal Center will...

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