Celebrating the end of Ramadan

SPOKANE VALLEY — Nearly 800 Muslims came together at the Islamic Center of Spokane on Sunday morning to celebrate Eid-al-Fitr — a holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

Ramadan is Islam’s holy month in which Muslims fast from sunup to sundown, say extra prayers, read the Quran and give to charity.

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Will charisma trump values?

The left is jubilant that Mitt Romney has chosen Paul Ryan as his vice president running mate. The argument seems to be that Americans, by a significant majority, do not agree with the values that Ryan holds, particularly the values that are actually reflected in the “Ryan budget.”

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Religious charity: uniter or divider?

The image I most closely associate with the Jewish concept of tzedakah (charity) comes from my childhood. I remember little boxes, emblazoned with the Israeli flag, at my Hebrew school. Each had a small slot for coins on top — a kind of Zionist-looking piggybank.

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Rev. Alan Eschenbacher

Now that people can’t “afford” to toss any coins out the window those darn panhandlers are making folks feel guilty, and so the scrutiny begins. Rev. Alan Eschenbacher Ethics » Money & Giving Panhandling ordinance demonizes the lower class http://spokanefavs.com/ethics/money-and-giving/panhandling-ordinance-demonizes-the-lower-class Tracy SimmonsTracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion …

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