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    Sing, Sing a song, Sing out loud, Sing out strong, Sing of good things, not bad,
    Sing of happy, not sad.
    Sing, Sing a song, Make it simple, To last your whole life long.
    Don't worry that it's not good enough, For anyone else to hear. Sing, Sing a song.
Photo by Stephen Bowman
Clap your hands, all peoples!

Shout to God with loud songs of joy!

God has gone up with a shout,

the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

Sing praises to God, sing praises!

Sing praises to our King, sing praises!

For God is the king of all the earth;

sing praises with a psalm!
Psalm 47: 1, 5-7
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition

    (Washington, DC - 8/10/06) -- The Muslim Public Affairs Council today expressed relief following the
    announcement overnight that British officials had thwarted a plot to blow up airliners en route from Britain
    to the United States using explosives smuggled in carry-on luggage.

    As a representative of mainstream American Muslims, MPAC reminds the international community during
    this sensitive time that Islam does not tolerate the use of terrorism for any purpose, regardless of who the
    aggressors are and what their justifications might be. It is a time for solidarity, not division, for the British and
    American people, regardless of race or faith, to fight against the evil of terrorism.

    "Muslim Americans stand in solidarity in their unequivocal condemnation of terrorism, and are committed to
    protecting the safety and security of our nation," said Executive Director Salam Al-Marayati. "We are against
    anyone who would attempt to attack our country, particularly those who would pervert the sacred teachings
    of Islam in their pursuit of criminal endeavors."

    In a press conference held this morning, Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said there was no
    evidence of any related plots in the United States, or any threats against other modes of transportation. MPAC
    joined other national Muslim and Arab groups in a conference call with DHS officials this morning, where they
    shared their support for law enforcement efforts and shared community concerns over a potential backlash
    that may arise.

    "As the horrifying news unfolds about this Satanic plot to kill innocent air travelers, we feel the deepest
    gratitude to God for the fact that this terrible attack was prevented," said Dr. Maher Hathout, MPAC
    Senior Advisor. "We are thankful to the British law enforcement and to all agencies and indivudals who helped
    expose and prevent this unjustificable and inexcusable terrorist attack."

    MPAC urges the American Muslim community to continue to maintain vigilance and protect the security of our
    mosques, our communities and our nation. MPAC continues to collaborate with American Muslim institutions
    to carry out the National Grassroots Campaign to Fight Terrorism.
He who sings, prays twice.
St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD)

    You may think that music can only be heard by the ear or perceived by other sense
    organs. But music can be heard in the spirit and the soul as well. Many mystics say
    that God created all creation with music, for He is music itself. But this spiritual music
    is much deeper than the kind we think of in our world today.

    The music of the spirit has to do with perfect balance and harmony in all things. It is
    the perfect proportion of rhythm and harmony, that originally flowed through all things,
    not the least of which was the human being. It is still there to some degree. Once we find
    it for ourselves, we see it in all else as well. All is created anew.

Rejoice, you just, in the Lord;
praise from the upright is
Give thanks to the Lord on the
harp; on the ten-stringed lyre
offer praise.
Sing to God a new song;
skillfully play with joyful chant.
For the Lord's word is true; all
his works are trustworthy.
The Lord loves justice and
right and fills the earth with
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Psalm 33: 1-5
New American Bible
Music expresses the harmony of the universe, while rituals express the order
of the universe. Through harmony all things are influenced, and through order,
all things have a proper place...

--Confucius, quoted after Novak Phillip in 'The World's Wisdom.'
--Joe Raposo, Jr. (1937-1989)
An American lyricist and composer, he is perhaps best known for his work on 'Sesame
Street,' and for composing the song 'It's Not Easy Being Green.'

    A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer,
    it sings because it has a song.

    --Maya Angelou (1928-)
      Angelou is a preeminent American poet.
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