Zoroastrianism

Zoroastrian Priest Testifies Against Use of Marijuana as Sacrament for "Neo-Zoroastrian" Practice

August 27, 2006

Source: KVOA

http://kvoa.com/Global/story.asp?S=5326312

On August 27, 2006 KVOA reported, "A couple from Pima, Ariz. arrested in a car that contained 172 pounds of marijuana say the drug is a sacrament in their religion. The U.S. attorney's office contends they're trying to use religion as a cover for a drug organization. Danuel and Mary Quaintance staked their religious freedom claim in federal court here this week in a three-day hearing in connection with their February...

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Gathering for India's Independence Day Highlights Religious Diversity of Indian-American Community

August 21, 2006

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-pindia21aug21,0,1839914.story?coll=sfla-news-palm

On August 21, 2006 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported, "For Shailesh Shah, the best part of Sunday's celebration of India's independence was seeing the children so involved. 'There are so many youth groups showing Indian culture,' said Shah, of Palm Beach Gardens, as he scanned...

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New Baha'i Volume Published in English

July 31, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=466

On July 31, 2006 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "A new volume of selected writings by Baha'u'llah, entitled 'The Tabernacle of Unity,' has been recently translated and published in English. This latest publication of the Baha'i World Centre contains five 'tablets' - letters - written by Baha'u'llah to individuals of Zoroastrian background in the 1800s. As such, these tablets...

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Zoroastrian MP Suggests Changing Name of Month

July 24, 2006

Source: Mehr News Agency

http://www.mehrnews.ir/en/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=357618

On July 24, 2006 Mehr News Agency reported, "On Saturday, MP Kurosh Niknam, who represents the Zoroastrian community in the Majlis, presented a proposal to the Iranian parliament to officially change the name of the fifth month in the Iranian calendar year (July 23-August 22) from Mordad to Amordad. According to Article 15 of the Constitution, Persian (Farsi) has been designated as...

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Europe's Largest Hindu Temple Holds Interfaith Memorial Service for Mumbai Victims

July 15, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/5182438.stm

On July 15, 2006 BBC News reported, "On Tuesday bomb blasts on seven trains killed nearly 180 people in Mumbai. Four days later, in a corner of the English countryside, hundreds of British Indians gathered in prayer at a memorial service. Europe's biggest Hindu Temple, Bhaktivedanta Manor, on the outskirts of Watford, invited members of eight faiths - Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islam, Jain, Judaism, Sikhism...

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Zoroastrian Woman Prepares Indian Cuisine for Whole Foods Stores

June 22, 2006

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/food/sfl-fdhartzjunejun22,0,6837983.column?coll=sfla-features-food

On June 22, 2006 South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported, "Grocery shopping can get pretty humdrum and meal planning a drag. So when I heard that Whole Foods Markets are putting some interesting ethnic items on their prepared foods menus, I wanted to meet Rashne Desai, the woman behind...

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Amidst Decreasing Vulture Population, Parsis Consider Using Solar Panels to Dispose of Bodies

June 22, 2006

Source: Canada Free Press

http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/india062206.htm

On June 22, 2006 the Canada Free Press reported, "The [Zoroastrian] religion believes in proximity with nature. This can also be seen in the practice with respect to death and burial. The Parsi’s leave dead bodies in an open place located at a certain height, where they can be disposed of by the natural scavenger bird, the vulture. The principle behind this practice is quick disposal of...

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Iran Home to Many Faiths, Despite Extremist Wishes

June 18, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/17/AR2006061700824.html?referrer=emailarticle

On June 18, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "The legend describes one cloud of dust chasing another across the epic desert landscape. Arab horsemen were gaining on the Iranian princess, it is said, when she reached the looming cliffs, slipped into a seam in the rock...

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Parsi Fire Temple Area in Mumbai Targeted for Redevelopment

June 10, 2006

Source: Business Standard

http://www.business-standard.com/lifeleisure/storypage.php?leftnm=5&subLeft=2&chklogin=N&autono=94451&tab=r

On June 10, 2006 the Business Standard reported, "Open land in Mumbai's Parsi fire temples are the latest targets for re-development. How is the community reacting? It may be all quiet at Kappawalla Agiary, in Mumbai’s Tardeo, but all’s certainly not well. The Parsi...

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Iran Considers Religious Clothing Law

May 20, 2006

Source: cnews

Wire Service: AP

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Features/2006/05/20/1589977-ap.html

On May 20, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "A draft law being considered by Iran's parliament encourages the wearing of Islamic clothing to protect the country's Muslim identity, according to a copy of the bill obtained by The Associated Press on Saturday.

The 13-article bill, which received preliminary approval a week...

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Toronto to Flaunt Religious Diversity in World's Fair Bid

May 17, 2006

Source: The Catholic Register

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=19880

On May 17, 2006 The Catholic Register reported, "If Toronto lands the 2015 World's Fair it should grab the opportunity to put its impressive religious diversity on display, religious leaders and city officials have told The Catholic Register.

Toronto plans to make a bid to the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions...

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University of Hawaii Holds Interfaith Forum on Religious Diversity and Scripture

May 13, 2006

Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2006/05/13/features/story01.html

On May 13, 2006 the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported, "A panel representing five major religions will explore ways their teachings respond to current global issues and diversity in modern society at a symposium Wednesday. The 7 p.m. interfaith dialogue will be at the University of Hawaii Institute of Geophysics auditorium. It is free and open to the public, presented...

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Prince Charles Opens Bedouin Tent as Site for Interfaith Dialogue in London

May 4, 2006

Source: 24dash.com

http://www.24dash.com/content/news/viewNews.php?navID=7&newsID=5423

On May 4, 2006 24dash.com reported, "The Prince of Wales has unveiled one of London's most unlikely landmarks - a Bedouin tent in the shadow of City skyscrapers. The goat-hair structure stands in the garden of the former St Ethelburga's Church which was destroyed by the IRA Bishopsgate bomb in 1993 and is now a centre for peace and reconciliation....

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Zoroastrian Fire Festival Passes Peacefully

March 15, 2006

Source: Aljazeera

Wire Service: Reuters

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/572FF6BA-BFDE-4B37-9943-96E06971A011.htm

On March 15, 2006 Reuters reported, "A pre-Islamic fire festival passed off relatively peaceful in Iran, void of the usual clashes between police and youthful revellers. In previous years, Iran's Islamic government has sought to stop youths lighting bonfires and fireworks for the ancient...

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