Islam

French Ruling Party Plans Bill On Broad Burqa Ban

December 22, 2009

Author: Emile Picy, Tamora Vidaillet, and David Stamp

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5BL3NV20091222

France's ruling UMP party plans to present a bill to parliament in January on banning full Islamic veils in all public places and not just in certain buildings, a senior party official said on Tuesday.

The bill would be accompanied by a resolution related to respect for women, Jean-Francois Cope, the parliamentary party...

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Suspected Insurgents Kill 3 Buddhists In Thai South

December 19, 2009

Author: Surapan Boonthanom, Viparat Jantraprap and Jason Szep

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5BI0TD20091219

Suspected Muslim insurgents blew up a gas tank near a school in southern Thailand on Saturday, killing three Buddhist villagers and wounding two including a local leader, police said. 

The blast appeared intended for a senior official of Bajao district in Narathiwat, one of Thailand's three southernmost...

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Tensions Grow for Muslims As French Debate National Identity

December 19, 2009

Author: Edward Cody

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/18/AR2009121804138.html

When Muslim worshipers showed up at the Bilal Mosque early Sunday morning, they found two pig's ears and a poster of the French flag stapled to the door; a pig's snout dangled from the doorknob. "White power" and "Sieg heil" were spray-painted on one side, they recalled, and "France...

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Islamic Group Hosts Interfaith Dinner

December 18, 2009

Author: Mirko Petricevic

Source: The Record

http://news.therecord.com/News/Local/article/646975

With Arabic script regarding the Prophet Muhammad and his son-in-law Ali hanging over each shoulder, Bob Chodos leaned forward Friday afternoon and lit a row of colourful candles seated on a tiny menorah.

Onlookers, among more than 50 people gathered in the audience, included Muslims and Christians from more than a handful of faith traditions....

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Support Lower for U.N. Text On Religion Defamation

December 18, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The New York Times

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2009/12/18/world/international-us-un-religion.html?_r=2

The U.N. General Assembly condemned defamation of religion for the fifth year running on Friday but support continued to erode for a resolution Western countries say threatens freedom of speech.

The assembly...

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Muslims Say F.B.I. Tactics Sow Anger And Fear

December 17, 2009

Author: Paul Vitello and Kirk Semple

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/18/us/18muslims.html?_r=1&hp

The anxiety and anger have been building all year. In March, a national coalition of Islamic organizations warned that it would cease cooperating with the F.B.I. unless the agency stopped infiltrating mosques and using “agents provocateurs to trap unsuspecting Muslim youth.”

In September, a...

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Minister Says Burqa-Style Veils Impede Citizenship

December 16, 2009

Author: Elaine Ganley

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ggXAWnaIOk6lYbwkZzxJceFqaIHgD9CKKK701

France's immigration minister said Wednesday that he wants the wearing of Muslim veils that cover the face and body to be grounds for denying citizenship and long-term residence.

Eric Besson said he planned to take "concrete...

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Informational Billboards On Islamic Faith Are Going Up

December 15, 2009

Author: Bob Von Sternberg

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/faith/79306142.html?elr=KArks7PYDiaK7DU2EPaL_V_9E7ODiUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUUr

Hoping to encourage interfaith dialogue, an Islamic organization will unveil a pair of billboards in Minneapolis this week.

The Minnesota chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America plans to unveil the billboards Friday, the eve of...

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New Protest Statement Builds In Iran -- Men In Head Scarves

December 14, 2009

Author: Eve Bower

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/12/14/iran.headscarf.protest/index.html

A new anti-government movement has sprung up among protesters in Iran -- and now among their supporters in other countries -- with men posting pictures of themselves on the Internet wearing women's head scarves as a political statement.

The movement began in recent days as an online backlash after the arrest of...

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Malaysia Hearings Start In Catholic 'Allah' Fight

December 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iBsivc5w3lwu3BlDOW-WCA4b01cgD9CJ2H081

Lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church urged a court Monday to let Christians use "Allah" as a translation for God and overturn a government ban that has become a symbol of religious grievances in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

The High...

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Immigration Delays Top Complaint From Oklahoma Muslims, Report Says

December 11, 2009

Source: NewsOK

http://www.newsok.com/immigration-delays-top-complaint-from-oklahoma-muslims-report-says/article/3424218#comments

Government agencies accounted for more than half of civil rights complaints from Oklahoma Muslims last year, according to a report released Thursday by a state advocacy group.

Most of the complaints reported were regarding immigration delays, said Razi Hashmi,...

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Carrollton Program Lets Ismaili Muslim Parents, Kids Share Learning Experience

December 10, 2009

Author: Dianne Solis

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/121009dnmetismaili.3c42e82.html

Class springs to attention with the Pledge of Allegiance. Five-year-old Saniya Khoja takes the lead, twirling a red-white-and-blue flag the size of a napkin. Little ones with hands over hearts recite "... one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all...

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