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Egypt Restores Monastery, Touting Religious Harmony In Wake Of Drive-By Shooting

February 5, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Denver Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_14337886

Egypt's chief archaeologist unveiled on Thursday an extensive renovation of the oldest monastery in the world, touting the work at the 1,600-year-old site as a symbol of peaceful coexistence between the country's Muslims and Christians.

It's the message Egypt's government has been emphasizing ever since a...

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Democrats Push to Repeal Religious Dress Ban In Schools

February 5, 2010

Author: Melica Johnson

Source: KATU News

http://www.katu.com/news/local/83691437.html

A decades-old law banning teachers from wearing religious clothing in public classrooms received vigorous debate Friday during a public hearing on the 1923 law.

Democrats are leading the charge to lift the ban because they say it is unconstitutional and discriminatory. In a move to make their proposed law more palatable to critics of repealing the ban,...

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Anti-Semitic Attacks Against Jews 'Rise In the UK'

February 5, 2010

Author: Dominic Casciani

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8499450.stm

Attacks on Jews in the UK reached record levels in 2009, according to figures compiled within the community.

The Community Security Trust (CST) said it had recorded 924 incidents over the year, 55% more than the previous high of 598 incidents in 2006.

The organisation, which monitors incidents against Jewish people and organisations, said the rise was...

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Kenyan Churches Protest Islamic Courts' Clause In Constitution

February 4, 2010

Author: Fredrick Nzwili

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=3756

Church leaders in Kenya are rallying their followers against a draft constitution they say favours Muslims and will tear the country apart. 

"Christians will not relent in holding out this position as it is our national duty," said the Rev. Peter Karanja, general secretary of the National Council of Churches of...

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Beckendorff Student Injured After Altercation; CAIR Says Victim Targeted Because Of Religion

February 4, 2010

Author: Tracy Dang

Source: The Katy Times

http://www.katytimes.com/articles/2010/02/04/news/doc4b6b456dc4647559902705.txt

A Beckendorff Junior High eight-grader remains hospitalized after a fellow student punched him in the jaw Tuesday, and one Muslim advocacy group is saying the victim was targeted because of his religion.

The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a release...

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Right to Worship Still Under Threat, Watchdog Warns

February 3, 2010

Author: Nurfika Osman

Source: The Jakarta Globe

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/right-to-worship-still-under-threat-watchdog-warns/356616

In another blow to Indonesia’s drive for religious tolerance, a report released on Wednesday said 200 violations against freedom of worship were filed with state agencies in 2009, involving 139 cases. 

Hendardi, the chairman of the Setara...

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Chief Of Police Empathizes With Muslim Community

February 3, 2010

Author: Aziza Hasan

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=1025#axzz0env9COKS

During the most recent Muslim Community Forum, MPAC Senior Advisor, Dr. Maher Hathout and Imam Abdul Kareem Hasan, co-facilitated a discussion between Muslim community members and the new Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, Charlie Beck. Hosted by the Omar ibn Al Khattab Foundation, Director Dafer Dakhil, welcomed...

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France Refuses a Citizenship Over Full Islamic Veil

February 3, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8494860.stm

The French government has refused to grant citizenship to a foreign national on the grounds that he forced his wife to wear the full Islamic veil.

The man, whose current nationality was not given, needed citizenship to settle in the country with his French wife.

But Immigration Minister Eric Besson said this was being refused because he was depriving his...

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Wedding Trouble As UK Muslim Marriages Not Recognized

February 3, 2010

Author: Divya Talwar

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8493660.stm

 

A growing number of young Muslims in the UK are entering marriages that are not legally recognized, BBC Asian Network has found. This is because couples are having an Islamic wedding without the civil ceremony needed for the marriage to be recognized under British law.

Shaheeda Khan married her fiance in a traditional Islamic...

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Priest Bridges Religious Divide By Funding Germany's Biggest Mosque

February 2, 2010

Author: Isabelle de Pommereau

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2010/0202/Priest-bridges-religious-divide-by-funding-Germany-s-biggest-mosque

The recent Swiss ban on minarets reflects a climate gone sour between Muslims and non-Muslims in Europe. But here in Germany, two people have taken a stand to promote a dialogue that...

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Delta Muslims, Christians Denounce Jos Crisis

February 2, 2010

Author: Omon-Julius Onabu

Source: This Day Online

http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=165579

Muslims and Christians in Delta State, under the auspices of Arewa Forum and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), yesterday jointly denounced the recent ethno-religious crisis in Northern part of Nigeria, particularly in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

They also carpeted the Federal Government for what the...

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