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Saturday, November 04, 2006

India does not belong to any single race - Faithwise Review of the Week

  • India does not belong to any single race, Indo-Asian News Service, New Delhi, November 2, 2006,
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday stressed that India would remain a pluralistic country where "socio-religious variety" was respected and said the country did not belong to any group of religious extremists.

    The prime minister also called for dialogue between different religious groups for better understanding among them.

    "While rituals, theologies and institutions might vary from religion to religion, the basic religious values are common in all the great religions; the basic values in one religion are complementary to the other.

    "Dialogue is the only way to promote better understanding between the various religious communities," he said.

  • York gives prof. place to toke up, Nov. 3, 2006. DANIEL GIRARD, Toronto Star,
    York University is cool with a criminology professor smoking pot on campus.
    Brian MacLean will get his own private, ventillated room beginning Monday after the school agreed to accommodate his use of medical marijuana for a severe form of degenerative arthritis.

  • Morality comes from nature, not God, Faith Commons
    Dawkins suggests that a New Ten Commandments is called for. He offers up this example that he found on an atheist website. It makes a lot more sense to me than the Old Ten Commandments.
    (1) Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you.
    (2) In all things, strive to cause no harm.
    (3) Treat your fellow human beings, your fellow living things, and the world in general with love, honesty, faithfulness and respect.
    (4) Do not overlook evil or shrink from administering justice, but always be ready to forgive wrongdoing freely admitted and honestly regretted.
    (5) Live life with a sense of joy and wonder.
    (6) Always seek to be learning something new.
    (7) Test all things; always check your ideas against the facts, and be ready to discard even a cherished belief if it does not conform to them.
    (8) Never seek to censor or cut yourself off from dissent; always respect the right of others to disagree with you.
    (9) Form independent opinions on the basis of your own reason and experience; do not allow yourself to be led blindly by others.
    (10) Question everything. Full article @ Church of the Churchless

  • Muslims negotiate cost of peace in Gujarat villages, Neelesh Misra, Sunderna (Gujarat), November 3, 2006
    In a few months, it will be five years since Shakil Bhai last heard the call of the muezzin from the mosque by his village pond.

    In a few months, it will be five years since the life of the gentle grocer and his community changed.

    Muslims in many villages have given up azaan, or the call to prayers from mosques. In others, they cannot openly sell meat, and must observe festivals with a low profile. Most significantly, a large number of Muslims have had to withdraw criminal cases they had brought against fellow villagers, a necessary condition for their return.

  • Expedition to foster inter-cultural dialogue, Gulf News, Friday, November 03, 2006.
    Connecting Cultures was launched in the United Kingdom by Evans in 2005.

    "After spending almost nine years in the Middle East, I felt that the media portrayal in Europe was not in conformity with the reality of the Middle East region. Connecting Cultures was set up to bridge this gap in perceived notions by promoting inter-cultural dialogue in which people meet face-to-face and discuss various issues," Evans said.
  • Witness: The World Under God? Religion but not compassion in Missouri: One state, under God (sort of), Alan Freeman, today at 4:08 PM EST
    Missouri’s God, it seems, believes in personal responsibility above all. Taking care of one’s neighbours doesn’t seem to figure into the equation.
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