Islam

Muslim Mayor Flies Flag for Gays In Dutch Suburb

June 30, 2009

Author: Alix Rijckaert

Source: Yahoo News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090630/lf_afp/netherlandsimmigrationgay

A harassed gay minority in a conservative suburb in otherwise tolerant Amsterdam has found a guardian angel in the local Muslim mayor.

Ahmed Marcouch, 41, is on a self-appointed mission to end homophobia in Slotervaart, just a stones' throw from the capital but...

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Aussie Army Welcomes Sikhs

June 30, 2009

Author: Eleni Hale

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/aussie-army-welcomes-sikhs

Special helmets that accommodate turbans and uniforms incorporating burkas are part of a push to build a more diverse Australian Army.

Army chiefs are hoping to attract bigger numbers of multicultural recruits, especially those of Arabic and Indian descent.

Among the changes being considered are specially designed helmets that fit turbans...

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St Mary's Catholic College Turns Away Muslim Teacher Wearing Veil

June 30, 2009

Author: Russell Jenkins

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/education/article6606035.ece

A teacher was barred from joining students on a visit to a Roman Catholic sixth-form college because she refused a request to remove her Muslim veil.

She was accompanying two teenage girls on an open day to see if they wanted to study for their A levels at St Mary’s College, in...

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A Thank You, And a Koran, for Obama

June 30, 2009

Author: Andrea Fuller

Source: The New York Times

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/30/a-thank-you-and-a-koran-for-obama/

President Obama will soon receive a thank-you gift for his speech to the Muslim world in Cairo. Inspired by the address, in which Mr. Obama quoted the Koran, the Council on American-Islamic Relations plans to distribute 100,000 copies of the Koran to national, state and local leaders.
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LAPD Names Its First Islamic Chaplain

June 29, 2009

Author: Duke Helfand

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beliefs29-2009jun29,0,7592947.story

American Muslims have never been much of a presence in the Los Angeles Police Department, accounting for less than 1% of its nearly 10,000 officers.

But now, with department leaders eager to improve relationships with local Muslims, top brass have named the force's first Islamic chaplain: a...

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At Mosque Opening, Tensions Permeate Interfaith Gathering

June 28, 2009

Author: Michael Paulson

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/06/28/at_mosque_opening_tensions_permeate_interfaith_gathering/

The controversy over the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury Crossing has posed one of the biggest challenges to interfaith relations in Boston in years, and the tension was readily on...

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Role Of Women In Iran Protest Kindles Hope

June 28, 2009

Author: Sudarsan Raghavan

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/27/AR2009062702416.html

Over the past two weeks, Marcelle George has watched with amazement as legions of Iranian women, most wearing black, full-length Islamic garments, defiantly protested Iran's leadership.

Even in her native Egypt, where some opposition to the government is permitted, most...

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Buddhist Teacher Shot Dead In Thai South

June 28, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSBKK423415

A female Buddhist teacher was shot dead by suspected insurgents in Thailand's restive Muslim south on Sunday, police said.

Two gunmen riding a motorcycle fled after killing the 38-year-old victim on a road in Narathiwat province.

In an incident in the south on Saturday a suspected insurgent and two security officers died in a gun...

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US Appoints Envoy to Muslim World

June 26, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC New

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8122026.stm

The US State Department has appointed its first Special Representative to Muslim Communities.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Farah Pandith would play a leading role in US efforts to "engage Muslims around the world".

She said Ms Pandith, who was born in Indian-administered Kashmir, would bring years of experience to the role.

The...

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