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LI Muslims Say Smears Against Obama Hurt Them, Too

October 27, 2008

Author: Dave Marcus

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/politics/ny-limusl275899706oct27,0,688865.story

Hearing people wrongly say that Sen. Barack Obama is a Muslim, Dr. Hafiz Ur Rehman cringes.

He cringes, too, when he hears people expressing relief that Obama is not a Muslim. "Either way, they're implying that there's something wrong with being a Muslim," said Rehman, a Bay Shore pediatrician...

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Islamic Leader Walks the Peace Walk Across Canada

October 26, 2008

Author: Katherine Dedyna

Source: The Times Colonist

http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/life/story.html?id=6cbffa2a-88a7-49d0-90ad-629f2886b75b

An Islamic leader who mortgaged his house to walk across Canada in the cause of non-violence is striding toward Victoria after six months on the road.

"We should be in Victoria on [Monday] and we are looking forward to people of all...

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Powell's Remarks Solace for Many

October 25, 2008

Author: Lindsay Wise

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6078485.html

Shariq Abdul Ghani was watching Meet the Press at his Richmond home Sunday morning when he suddenly froze with a cup of Nescafe halfway to his lips.

On the TV screen, former Secretary of State Colin Powell was telling host Tom Brokaw he was disturbed that some Republicans have been spreading rumors that Barack Obama...

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Sharia Rulings 'Can Go to Courts'

October 25, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7690809.stm

Decisions made under Islamic sharia law can be accepted by English and Welsh family courts, a minister has confirmed.

Sharia, a set of principles governing the way many Muslims believe they should live, is not legally binding.

But rulings passed on separating couples by a sharia council can be "rubber stamped" by the courts, said justice...

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Turkish Prime Minister's Attempt to Lift Ban on Headscarves Ruled Anti-Secular

October 24, 2008

Author: Matthew Weaver

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/24/turkey-islam

Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attempt to lift a ban on wearing headscarves in universities was anti-secular, the country's highest court said today in a ruling that could reignite tensions between the country's secular and pro-Islamic factions.

In July the Guardian reported that the constitutional court stopped short of...

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Dept of Justice Cracks Down on Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

October 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=724

The Muslim Public Affairs Council commends the Department of Justice for cracking down on hate crimes against members of the Muslim community. Today the Justice Department announced that a third man pleaded guilty to a hate crime for anti-Muslim vandalism in Massachusetts.

Adam J. Bonito is the third co-conspirator to plead guilty to the bias-motivated...

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Christian-Muslim Dialogue: Experts Demarcate Common Ground

October 22, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: World Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2008/10/msg00124.html

Christian communities should improve their knowledge of Islam, be good neighbours to Muslims and bear witness to their faith in an appropriate manner, according to an international group of church leaders and experts on Christian-Muslim dialogue.

These were some of the recommendations put forward at an 18 to 20 October consultation aimed at developing an ecumenical...

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Republican's Anti-Muslim Letter Sparks Outrage

October 21, 2008

Author: Tim Korte

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local%20News/Republican-s--anti-Muslim-letter-sparks-outrage

The chairwoman of an Otero County Republican women's group on Tuesday defended a letter to the editor in which she wrote, "I believe Muslims are our enemies."

Marcia Stirman, a 56-year-old interior decorator, also called Democratic presidential candidate...

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Sour Note for American Muslims in Election Campaign

October 21, 2008

Author: Michael Conlon

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE49K6LW20081021

These are uneasy times for America's Muslims, caught in a backwash from a presidential election campaign where the false notion that Barack Obama is Muslim has been seized on by some who link Islam with terrorism.

The Democratic White House candidate, who would be the first black U.S. president and whose middle name is Hussein, is a...

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