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Entries by Samreen Hooda from 07/2012

Navy SEALs Will Not Use Image Of Muslim Women In Hijab For Target Training

Posted 07.03.2012 | Religion

The Navy has stopped using targets featuring Muslim women in hijabs at the new SEAL training range in Fort Story, reports The Virginian-Pilot. Ac...

Dalai Lama 77th Birthday Celebrations Ready For July 6th

Posted 07.05.2012 | Religion

Festivities for the Dalai Lama's 77th birthday on July 6th have begun. The exiled Tibetan government in Dharamsala, India has organized two rounds ...

First Gay Buddhist Wedding In Taiwan

Posted 07.09.2012 | Religion

A devoutly Buddhist, lesbian couple will officially wed next month in Taiwan reports the Taipei Times. 30-year old Fish Huang and her partner will ...

Happy Science, Controversial Religion From Japan, Succeeds In Uganda

Posted 07.10.2012 | Religion

KAMPALA, Uganda -- A religion with origins in Japan is quickly amassing a following in Uganda, winning converts in a sleek campaign that has attracted...

Melinda Gates Disagrees With Vatican On Contraception At London Family Planning Summit (VIDEO)

Posted 07.11.2012 | Religion

Melinda Gates, a practicing Catholic, disagrees with the Vatican on the use of contraceptives, The Guardian reported. "Of course I wrestled with t...

New Muslim Prayer Mat Sheds Light When Facing Mecca

Posted 07.12.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Devout Muslims pray five times a day, facing the holy city of Mecca. But what if you don’t know what direction Mecca is? Try the new ill...

American Confidence In Organized Religion At All Time Low

Posted 07.12.2012 | Religion

According to a recent Gallup poll, the number of Americans who have faith in organized religion is at an all-time low. Only 44 percent of Americans...

Crossing Religious Lines in an Israeli Hospital

Posted 07.13.2012 | Religion

JERUSALEM — There are no empty beds this day in the recovery room at the Hadassah-Ein Kerem hospital. Doctors and nurses hover over patients. Manar ...

'Bleeding' Virgin Mary Statue in Baton Rouge

Posted 07.16.2012 | Religion

A statue of Mother Mary holding a baby Jesus in Baton Rouge is believed by the faithful to be bleeding. According to WLOX Channel 13 news, local re...

Ramadan 2012: History, Dates, Greeting And Rules Of The Muslim Fast

Posted 07.16.2012 | Religion

What is the history of Ramadan? Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. The term Ramadan literally means scorching in Arabic. It was esta...

Evangelical Scientists Debate Evolution, Bible

Posted 07.18.2012 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Public discussion of evolution often turns into a nasty debate between young-earth creationists on one side and atheists who belie...

Ryan Hall, Olympic Runner, Claims God As His Coach

Posted 07.18.2012 | Religion

An American runner competing for the gold in the London Olympics claims his only coach is God. Ryan Hall, 29, listed God as his coach on a standar...

Vatican Newspaper Getting Wider Distribution in US

Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano says it is starting a new distribution deal in the United States, in the hope of broadening its...

Austria Church Mounts Billboard Search For Priests

Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion

VIENNA -- European men take note. While unemployment is growing in much of the continent, a powerful international organization is now advertising vac...

Gaza Christians Fear For Future Of Tiny Community

Posted 07.25.2012 | Religion

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Christians in overwhelmingly Muslim Gaza have long fretted in private about the survival of their tiny community. But t...

Tony Blair Says He Didn't Pray With George Bush

Posted 07.25.2012 | Religion

Tony Blair told the Daily Telegraph that he and President George W. Bush did not pray together prior to the Iraq War. "It wouldn't have been a wron...

Leaving Om: Buddhism's Lost Lamas

Posted 07.27.2012 | Religion

During a break in a mixing session at a recording studio in Milan, Gomo Tulku, a Tibetan-American hip-hop artist, plays the sample he's inserting into...

U.S. State Department: Religious Freedom Low In Afghanistan, Pakistan

Posted 07.30.2012 | Religion

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday the jury was out on whether Egypt's Islamist political parties will equally r...

'Pooh' The Poodle Saves Blind Woman, Nancy Jones, From Gas Leak (VIDEO)

Posted 07.30.2012 | Good News

A seeing-eye dog saved his legally blind owner Nancy Jones from a gas leak in her east Talladega, Alabama home according to ABC 3340. Jones started...

Elephant Mom And Calf Rescued From 30-Year-Old Trap In India (VIDEO)

Posted 07.31.2012 | Good News

A 22-year-old female elephant and its one-and-a-half-year-old calf were trapped in a 20-feet-deep pit and rescued the next day in a forest near Vadatt...