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    1. Christian nuns invite Hindu leader Zed to pray together

      In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Carmelite nuns in Reno (USA) invited acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed for dialogue and praying together yesterday. Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, prayed from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, dated from around 1,500 BCE, with lines from Upanishads a...
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    2. UN Reviews Saudi Arabia Human Rights Record Today

      The United Nations Human Rights Council implements a Universal Periodic Review process that reviews the human rights record of each of the UN's 192 members once every four years. Today in Geneva, the Council will focus on the human rights record of Saudi Arabia. AFP reports that among the Council's numerous concerns are strict Islamic practices in Saudi Arabia that require a male guardian's permission for women ...
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    3. Americans United Lauds Senate Vote Rejecting Taxpayer Funding Of Religious Institutions

      Americans United for Separation of Church and State today hailed a Senate vote rejecting tax funding for religious facilities in the economic recovery package. “The Senate has voted to reaffirm an important American principle that religious groups should pay their own way and not expect...
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    4. Obama Sets Up Revamped Faith-Based Office; Delays Decisions On Religion-Based Hiring By Grantees

      President Barack Obama today issued an Executive Order (full text) setting up the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships as the successor to the Bush administration's Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives. Several paragraphs were added to the section of the Bush Executive Order expanding the functions of the Office. Among the additions are "ensur[ing] that services paid for with Federal Government funds are provided ...
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    5. Obama Gives Wide-Ranging Talk At National Prayer Breakfast

      This morning, President Barack Obama attended the annual National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton hotel. (Washington Post.) The vice president, and various members of the Cabinet and of Congress also attended, as did representatives from around the world. The keynote address at the breakfast was delivered by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. (USA Today.) President Obama gave a fascinating speech (full text), alluding to national and world problems ...
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    6. Americans United Says President Obama's 'Faith-Based' Program Lacks Adequate Constitutional Safeguards

      Americans United for Separation of Church and State today expressed disappointment that President Barack Obama’s “faith-based” initiative is being rolled out without repeal of Bush-era policies that violate civil rights and civil liberties. Obama issued an executive order today...
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    7. Oath Requirement In Oregon Tax Form Violates Free Exercise Rights

      In Aslin v. Coos County Assessor, (OR Tax Ct., Jan. 13, 2009), a county tax assessor in Oregon refused to accept an unsigned personal property tax return from James Aslin. Aslin objected on religious grounds to the oath, included in the tax form, that required him to state "under penalties of false swearing" that the return is accurate. He submitted his return with the declaration crossed out and "I don ...
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    8. Thousands of Muslims vow to combat terror

      Salam/Peace:BANGALORE: India’s one of the most prominent Muslim organizations, the Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind (JUH), organized a massive anti-terrorism convention in Bangalore on Saturday, which strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms.Attended by thousands Muslims from different walks of life at the historic Palace Grounds the convention was addressed by leading Muslim and Hindu scholars. The Muslims declared their commitment to their faith, solidarity with their leaders and ...
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    9. Problem having its Roots in Religious Fanaticism

      As a result of our aimless and weak policies, Kashmiri youths have, with open support from Pakistan, taken up the spears for the Islamic Jehad. The programme of Islamisation in Kashmir, which is on in Kashmir for the last several years, is being given final shape. The mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits has left the Valley Hinduless. Conspiracies ...
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    10. Senate Version of Schip Authorizes Grants To Faith-Based Groups

      The White House has posted on its website for comment the Senate-approved version of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (SCHIP). It says that this version of the bill is expected to pass the House in the coming week. Section 201 of the bill provides for "grants to eligible entities ... to conduct outreach and enrollment efforts." The section goes on [at Sec. 2113 (f)(1)(F ...
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