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Massachusetts College Alters Policy Banning Face Coverings

January 8, 2010

Author: Cassie Spodak, Jamie Guzzardo and Yvonne Kalawur

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/01/08/massachusetts.security.policy/index.html

A Massachusetts college has modified a controversial security policy after criticism it infringed on the religious rights of students, a school official said Friday.

The policy originally banned any head covering that obscured the student's face while engaged in student...

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France Expels 'Dangerous Imam' for Inciting Violence

January 8, 2010

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8447993.stm

France has deported a Muslim preacher to Egypt for making public speeches inciting violence against the West.

Announcing the move, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux described Ali Ibrahim el-Soudany as a "dangerous individual".

Mr Soudany, who had for months been preaching at a mosque near Paris, was expelled on Thursday, officials said.

Mr Hortefeux said the Egyptian citizen had been "calling for...

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Malaysian Churches Fire-Bombed As 'Allah' Row Escalates

January 8, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8447450.stm

Three churches have been attacked in Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, ahead of protests by Muslim groups.

The administrative offices of one church were destroyed by a firebomb attack and one of the other two churches attacked was slightly damaged.

Some Muslim groups are angry at a court decision allowing non-Muslims to use the word Allah to refer...

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Officials: Anti-Muslim Images Are Protected Speech

January 7, 2010

Author: Patrick Condon

Source: The Seattle Times

Wire Service: AP

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2010737315_apusantimuslimcartoons.html

Two Minnesota prosecutors say they won't file charges against a man who investigators say admitted posting anti-Muslim images in front of a mosque, a Somali-owned store and other spots.

They say the cartoons are protected...

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Muslims Question Full-Body Search Of Woman In Head Scarf

January 7, 2010

Author: Oralandar Brand-Williams

Source: The Detroit News

http://detnews.com/article/20100107/METRO01/1070413/Muslims-question-full-body-search-of-woman-in-head-scarf

A national Muslim civil rights group is asking the Transportation Security Administration for clarification on whether Muslim women wearing Islamic head scarves, or hijabs, will be singled out for additional security checks...

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Calling On DOJ to Investigate Acts Of Hate Against SoCal Mosques

January 6, 2010

Author: Saadia Khan

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=998

Over the holiday weekend, MPAC contacted the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to investigate two cases of vandalism which recently took place at Southern California mosques. On New Year's Day, a Quran was found desecrated and torn at the Islamic Education Center of Orange County - which is the second time within two weeks a Quran was found desecrated at...

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Council On American-Islamic Relations Writes to EEOC About Massachusetts School

January 6, 2010

Author: Jeff Greer

Source: U.S. News & World Report

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/paper-trail/2010/01/06/council-on-american-islamic-relations-writes-to-eeoc-about-massachusetts-school.html

The Council on American-Islamic Relations wants to file a third-party complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after a Massachusetts college banned all...

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When the Swiss Voted to Ban New Minarets, This Man Built One

January 6, 2010

Author: Deborah Ball and Anita Greil

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126264916012115609.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_RIGHTTopCarousel

In November, Switzerland voted to ban the construction of new minarets, the towerlike structures that adorn mosques. A week or so later, in an apparent act of defiance, a new minaret unexpectedly sprang up here.

But the new minaret is not attached to a...

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Christians Find Oman an Oasis Of Religious Tolerance

January 6, 2010

Author: Saleh al Shaibany

Source: The National

http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100107/FOREIGN/701069854/1011

As another Christmas season winds down, Christians in Oman say they enjoy tolerance and a number of privileges in this deeply conservative Muslim society and that the country’s ruler has made a point of supporting the diverse community.

“We are lucky that His Majesty...

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Vandalism At Mosque, Interfaith Display, Suspected As Hate Crimes

January 5, 2010

Author: Salvador Hernandez

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/news/display-226852-hate-islamic.html

The Council on American-Islamic Relations denounced two incidents of what it called "anti-Islam hate" after a Quran was found burned in a mosque parking lot and a Muslim component of a holiday display was defaced, both on New Year's Day.

Munira Syeda, spokeswoman for CAIR, said that although the two...

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