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Saturday, June 23, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Message to motorists: watch your driving and your mouth, Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
Here are the "Drivers' Ten Commandments" as listed by the Vatican's Office for Mirgrants and Itinerant People:
1. You shall not kill.
2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.
3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.
4. Be charitable and help your neighbour in need, especially victims of accidents.
5. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.
6. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.
7. Support the families of accident victims.
8. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.
9. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.
10. Feel responsible toward others. source read also: Vatican issues '10 Commandments' for good motorists
Kuala Lumpur: A Malaysian court has ordered the country's national carrier to pay an Indian Brahmin Rs 2 lakh in damages for serving him chicken on a flight four years ago.
WASHINGTON, DC - June, 19, 2007 (MASNET) The Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) held its 2007 national conference on the campus of North Park University in Chicago. This year's theme focused on welcoming, struggling, and organizing for worker's justice. It highlighted the opportunities and challenges that people of faith have in America to make a difference in the life of working people.
The conference also focused on the challenges for working people in an American climate that has become increasingly xenophobic and anti immigrant. The Muslim American Society (MAS) was represented at the conference by its executive director, Mahdi Bray, who is also a board member of IWJ. At the conference, Bray served as a workshop leader, moderator, and speaker. Visit the Website: Interfaith Worker Justice
"Immigration and multiculturalism are linked. One serves as a lightning rod for the other. Unease with either, or both, rises in times of economic and social insecurity."
"Too often these debates have been initiated by right-wing commentators as thinly disguised strategies for attacking immigrants, particularly Muslims, often accompanied by apocalyptic predictions about how Canada's experiment in multiculturalism is on the verge of collapse."
On the contrary, Wilfrid Laurier's dream of Canada as a Gothic cathedral is now an entrenched reality:
"I want the marble to remain the marble, the granite to remain the granite, the oak to remain the oak – and out of all these elements I would build a nation great among the nations of the world."
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
PS. On the left is a graph depicting religioustolerance.org's Aharef website-mapper. It reveals the structure of the Web sites' html, css codes. Here are my three websites.
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Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
GUY DIXON, June 14, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
From the Publisher
"What kinds of civic ties between different ethnic communities can contain, or even prevent, ethnic violence? This book draws on new research on Hindu-Muslim conflict in India to address this important question. Ashutosh Varshney examines three pairs of Indian cities—one city in each pair with a history of communal violence, the other with a history of relative communal harmony—to discern why violence between Hindus and Muslims occurs in some situations but not others. His findings will be of strong interest to scholars, politicians, and policymakers of South Asia, but the implications of his study have theoretical and practical relevance for a broad range of multiethnic societies in other areas of the world as well. The book focuses on the networks of civic engagement that bring Hindu and Muslim urban communities together. Strong associational forms of civic engagement, such as integrated business organizations, trade unions, political parties, and professional associations, are able to control outbreaks of ethnic violence, Varshney shows. Vigorous and communally integrated associational life can serve as an agent of peace by restraining those, including powerful politicians, who would polarize Hindus and Muslims along communal lines."
Contents: Preface. I. Arguments and theories : 1. Introduction. 2. Why civil society? Ethnic conflict and the existing traditions of inquiry. II. The national level : 3. Competing national imaginations. 4. Hindu-Muslim riots, 1950-1995: the national picture. III. Local variations: Aligarh and Calicut: internal and external cleavages : 5. Aligarh and Calicut: civic life and its political foundations. 6. Vicious and virtuous circles. Hyderabad and Lucknow: elite integration versus mass integration: 7. Princely resistance to civil society. 8. Hindu nationalists as bridge builders? Ahmedabad and Surat: how civic institutions decline: 9. Gandhi and civil society. 10. Decline of a civic order and communal violence. 11. Endogeneity? Of causes and consequences. IV. Conclusions : 12. Ethnic conflict, the state, and civil society. Appendices : A. Questionnaire for the project on Hindu-Muslim relations in India. B. Data entry protocol for the riot database. C. Regression results: Hindu-Muslim riots, 1950-1995. Notes. Index. [source: https://www.vedamsbooks.com]
From The Critics
Varshney’s rich findings about what types of civil society organizations and activities help contain religious conflict – and which do not – open up a whole new agenda for theorists and activists alike.
Varshney has taken us a long way in understanding intra-Indian variations in communal violence,and he leaves a set of unanswered questions for future research. What more can be asked from a work of social science?
A landmark synthesis. Varshney’s comparison of communal violence and tranquillity in urban India is lucid,theoretically self-conscious,original,and empirically convincing. It should launch a veritable flotilla of comparable studies of civil life in its admirable wake.
South Asia scholars and social scientists will have to read Varshney,they will cite him,and they will learn from him.
Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life is an outstanding work of social science,one of the most important studies of ethnic violence to appear in many years. This book will decisively shape future scholarly research on this subject and deserves to have an important impact on public policy concerning ethnic conflict. [source: www.bn.com]
"This is a remarkably good book. The empirical research is impeccable; the analysis is careful; and the argument is persuasive. The issue is simple: Why is it that certain towns in India erupt into communal violence and others do not?" says kashif @ Indian Muslims and The Muslim World
"This is a must read book for leaders in civic socities, it is an eye opener for Muslims as well as Hindus.
I had interviewed Ashutosh about 3 years ago on Radio,he is a brilliant speaker and knows his research like the back of his hand."
I urge you to read the book. Mike Ghouse @ Indian Muslims
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
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He further stated that first three parts can be different but values is common to all religion. There were in all seven important values common to all religion and they were- Truth , Justice, Equality , Love, Compassion, Wisdom , Sensitivity to human sufferings among which three were most essential i.e.,
1. Search for truth
2. Love for all
3. Give to the society more than what we have received.
Continue reading: Workshop with police- thane
@ Workshop with police- thane
May 15, 2007
Target group - Police officers of all grade levels
Speaker - Dr Asghar Ali Engineer [Date - 15th may 2007 Total no participants -79]
Saturday, June 09, 2007
GOD is Green Part 1,
"Why are the world's religions so quiet on the subject of climate change? Inquisitive Catholic Mark Dowd takes a look at green issues through a religious prism and bemoans the lack of spiritual leadership on the issue."
God and Climate Change Watch the CBC TV Show
Friday, June 08, 2007
"Some people argue that the Golden Rule is the most consistent, moral teaching throughout history. Known also as the Ethic of Reciprocity, the Golden Rule is found in most religions and cultures. It can also be found in many ethical systems, indigenous cultures, secular philosophies and even in the physical sciences (the golden mean). Its omnipresence throughout history gives it tremendous moral authority." Source: Interfaith Dialogue
Peace Is Possible - Peacemakers read the Golden Rule, From: Tanenbaum Center
Baha'i: "The spiritually learned are lamps of guidance among the nations, and stars of good fortune shining from the horizons of humankind."
Abdu’l-Bahá , The Secret of Divine Civilization, page 33
Continue reading about other faiths' The Golden Rule: A Vision Shared: Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Taoism
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"Religiously motivated violence can end. This short films introduces the United Religions Initiative, whose purpose is "to promote enduring interfaith communication with the intention of ending religiously motivated violence in order to create cultures and communities of peace and understanding for all the living beings of Earth." Learn more at www.uri.org"
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Articles of Faith: Cleric offers tips to living in multifaith society - Faithwise Review of the Week
By ANTHONY B. ROBINSON
IT WASN'T all that long ago that what most Americans knew of religions such as Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism came from books, not personal encounter or experience. That's changed. Not only have travel and technology made the world smaller, but America has become a religiously pluralistic nation. Islam is now the fastest- growing religion in North America.
There are more Buddhists than Methodists in this country. Twenty-first century America is a land of many faiths. You are as likely to have a Muslim or Buddhist as a neighbor or co-worker as you are a Presbyterian or a Jew. continue
TOKYO,Japan, June 5-- Kansei frowns when he hears the word "bomb," smiles at "sushi" and looks scared and disgusted when someone says "president" -- and he isn't even human.
Japan's latest robot, called Kansei and created by a university research team, can pull up to 36 different facial expressions based on a program which creates word associations from a self-updating online database of 500,000 keywords.
Divorce increases risk of Ritalin use, study finds
Updated Tue. Jun. 5 2007 9:07 AM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
Divorce puts children at a "significantly higher" risk of being prescribed Ritalin compared to kids whose parents don't divorce, finds new research by a University of Alberta sociologist.
With more than 55 million items, the Library's Manuscript Division contains the papers of 23 presidents, from George Washington to Calvin Coolidge. In this article, Manuscript Division Chief James Hutson draws upon the papers of Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other primary documents to discuss the relationship of Islam to the new nation. ["Interesting to learn "The expressions of tolerence. " which dwindles now!" said: (late) Syed Aslam, Mysore.]
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
By Eric Auchard, Jun 5, 2007 9:06AM EDT,
BERKELEY, California (Reuters) - Internet culture, often portrayed as the vanguard of progress, is actually a jungle peopled by intellectual yahoos and digital thieves, according to a Silicon Valley entrepreneur-turned-dissenter.
Andrew Keen, a 47-year-old Briton who founded dot-com era music startup Audiocafe, argues that basic notions of expertise are under assault amid a cultural shift in favor of the amateurism of blogs, MySpace and other popularity-driven sites.
"Millions and millions of exuberant monkeys ... are creating an endless digital forest of mediocrity," Keen writes in a book published Tuesday. continue reading
see also what other bloggers are saying about this book: The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet is Killing our Culture
Book review: "The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet Is Killing Our Culture"
By MICHIKO KAKUTANI, New York Times July 8, 2007