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Burqa Ban Passes French Lower House Overwhelmingly

July 13, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/07/13/france.burqa.ban/index.html?hpt=T2

France's lower house of parliament Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a ban on any veils that cover the face -- including the burqa, the full-body covering worn by some Muslim women.

The vote was 335 to 1.

The measure must still go to the French Senate before it becomes law. The Senate is expected to vote...

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Muslim Women, Fed Up, Tell Men to 'Lower Their Gaze'

July 12, 2010

Author: Omar Sacirbey

Source: The Pew Forum/Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/Religion-News/Muslim-women-fed-up-tell-men-to-lower-their-gaze.aspx

It was a moment Laila Al-Marayati wishes she had back. 

Standing outside the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles following Friday prayers, a male worshipper approached and chastised her for not wearing a headscarf. 
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The Baha'is Of Ivel: Undaunted Spirit

July 11, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha’i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/782

Following the demolition of Baha'i homes in the Iranian village of Ivel –reported last week – there is another story that must also be told: that of sympathetic villagers who have commiserated with their Baha'i neighbors over the injustices they have been forced to endure.

It is also the story of an undaunted spirit and a commitment to social good that...

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Mosque Proposal Faces Opposition

July 11, 2010

Author: Jeff Horseman

Source: The Press-Enterprise

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_D_sislamic12.1deeaa4.html

Heated debate over the nature of Islam is overshadowing plans to build a mosque in northeast Temecula.

Critics, including the pastor of a church next to the mosque site, say the worship center is a bad fit for the area. They're also concerned with what they describe as Islam's...

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Muslim Woman Sues Somerset Medical Center for Religious Discrimination

July 11, 2010

Author: Jennifer Golson

Source: The New Jersey Star-Ledger

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/07/muslim_woman_sues_somerset_hos.html

Rona Mohammedi went to Somerset Medical Center the night of Feb. 11 with severe chest pains. After hearing she would need an electrocardiogram, she asked for a female to conduct the test.

A Muslim, Mohammedi wears traditional garb, including the hijab, or head scarf. The Basking...

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'99 Names Of God' And the Glassmaker

July 10, 2010

Author: Emily Schmuhl

Source: Mormon Times

http://www.mormontimes.com/article/15730/99-Names-of-God-and-the-glassmaker

Glass. It attracts fingerprints, invites dust and cracks under pressure.

While we're tiptoeing to the dinner table carrying Grandma's heavy tartan pitcher, Andrew Kosorok could literally consult a recipe and cook you up a fresh batch of glass. No problem.

He could then turn around and fashion,...

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An Armada Of Faith Leaders Tours the Gulf Spill Zone

July 8, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CNN

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/07/08/an-armada-of-faith-leaders-tours-the-gulf-spill/

There were only five small boats, 20 to 25 feet long, quietly moving through the water, barely making a ripple in the area designated as a “No Wake Zone." 

It was part show and tell, part media circus, part holy pilgrimage. On board the boats were a dozen high-profile...

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Meet French Guerrilla Artist “Princess Hijab”

July 8, 2010

Author: Alfredo Garcia

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnsblog/meet_french_guerrilla_artist_princess_hijab/

Guerrilla artists are known for their ability to shock and awe with their artwork, combining irony with social criticism in their pieces. Nothing is too sacred to be tackled by the mighty swoosh of their brush or wave of the spray can. Not even religion. 

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A Move On Staten Island to Broker Mosque Peace

July 8, 2010

Author: Amy Padnani

Source: Staten Island Live

http://www.silive.com/eastshore/index.ssf/2010/07/a_move_on_staten_island_to_bro.html

Muslims rallying on the steps of Borough Hall yesterday in support of the Midland Beach mosque unveiled a plan to form an Islamic civic association on Staten Island. 

The group said the move was prompted by the heated response to the planned conversion of a former...

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Kenya's Constitutional Vote On Sharia Courts Pits Muslims Against Christians

July 7, 2010

Author: Sudarsan Raghavan

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/06/AR2010070605449.html?hpid=moreheadlines

For 13 years, Judge Mudhar Ahmed has worked in relative obscurity, issuing Muslim marriage certificates, divorcing Muslim couples and weighing in on Muslim inheritance disputes. Now, he's facing an issue unlike any he has seen. He has one...

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Tapping the Growing Muslim-American Market

July 7, 2010

Author: Sarah Mahoney

Source: Media Post News

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?art_aid=131515&fa=Articles.showArticle

When it comes to wooing Muslim Americans, U.S. marketers are pretty oblivious, leaving potential customers to scramble for product information on their own. Are Halal meals at Kentucky Fried Chicken Halal enough? How about Oreos? What's new at Forever 21 that is hot and modest? Is...

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