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Islamic Group Seeks New Look at U.S. Wiretapping

July 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/372693_wiretap30.html

A defunct Islamic charity has gone back to court to ask a federal judge to reconsider his dismissal of its challenge to warrantless wiretapping by the Bush administration.

The judge dismissed the lawsuit by the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation this month, but said attorneys could file an amended complaint if they can prove they...

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School and Religious Symbol Cases

July 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7530726.stm

A teenager from south Wales has won her claim that she was discriminated against because she was not allowed to wear a religious bangle to school.

Sarika Singh was told she was breaking the uniform's 'no jewellery' policy, and had been excluded from school for nine months.

But the High Court agreed with her that it was an expression of her Sikh faith...

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One Third of British Muslim Students Say it's Acceptable to Kill for Islam

July 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Evening Standard

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23522144-details/One+third+of+British+Muslim+students+say+it's+acceptable+to+kill+for+Islam/article.do

Nearly one third of Muslim students believe it can be acceptable to kill in the name of religion, according to a survey published yesterday.

It also found...

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Protesting Hindus Clash with Police in Jammu, 30 Injured

July 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Taipei Times

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2008/07/28/2003418733

At least 30 people were injured in India-administered Kashmir’s summer capital of Jammu on Saturday when Hindu protestors clashed with police to protest the cancelation of transfer of land for a popular Hindu pilgrimage.

Jammu, a Hindu majority region in the mostly Muslim state has been observing a shut-...

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Islam: Secularists Raise Tension as Turkish Court Prepares Landmark Judgment on Ruling AKP

July 28, 2008

Author: Robert Tait

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/28/turkey.islam

A senior Turkish prosecutor has raised tensions on the eve of a landmark court case that could leave Turkey without a government and deeply divided by warning that it is in danger of an "intolerant" Islamic takeover.

In an interview with the Guardian, Omer Faruk Eminagaoglu, chairman of the association of judges and prosecutors (Yarsav)...

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Yale Hosts High-Level Christian-Muslim Dialogue

July 27, 2008

Author: Tom Heneghan

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSL748164520080727

Senior Christian and Muslim scholars and leaders are meeting in the United States this week seeking common ground in their different faiths to foster better understanding between Islam and the West.

Hosted by Yale University Divinity School, the conference is the first public dialogue launched by Muslim intellectuals in the...

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Muslim Women Resist Stereotyping

July 26, 2008

Author: Elizabeth Bryant

Source: The Washington Post/Religion News Service

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/25/AR2008072503004.html

Like most young French women, Wafa Ben Salem goes out to movies and dinner, dates men, albeit usually with a chaperone, and is an avowed fashion maven.

But it's not hard to see how she stands out with her form-covering clothing, a headscarf tied under...

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Filmmaker Uncovers the Struggle of Gay Muslims in 'A Jihad for Love'

July 26, 2008

Author: Duke Helfand

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs26-2008jul26,0,664713.story

"A Jihad for Love" may not be the blockbuster movie of the season, but the new documentary about the plight of gay and lesbian Muslims is enjoying a degree of acclaim as it casts light on a subject often shrouded in mystery.

The film's gay Muslim director, Parvez Sharma, has spent...

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Women File Discrimination Suit Against McDonald's Over Hijab

July 25, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/jul/25/mcdonalds.usa

Two Muslim women said they were denied jobs at a McDonald's restaurant in Dearborn, Michigan, because they wore Islamic headscarves, according to a discrimination lawsuit filed yesterday in Wayne County Circuit Court.

Toi Whitfield, 20, and Quiana Pugh, 25, said they applied for jobs at the McDonald's on Ford Road in the eastern...

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Obama and Muslim Voters A "Double Whammy?"

July 25, 2008

Author: Michael Conlon, Todd Melby and Bill Trott

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN1730916220080725

Barack Obama should be able to count on heavy support from U.S. Muslims in the November election, if polls are correct, but he risks offending some members of that faith by having to explain he is not one himself.

The number of votes at stake is small since Muslims account for only a fraction of the U.S....

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Muslim Day at Six Flags A Time to Relax and Connect with Others

July 25, 2008

Author: Deborah Horan

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/religion/chi-six-flags-muslims-25-jul25,0,2161842.story

On any other day, Sobia Ahmed would opt to forgo many of the snacks on offer at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. To perform the Islamic prayers she recites five times a day, she likely would slip onto a secluded path at the amusement park or look for solace under a...

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Barack Obama Gets Indonesian Religious and Political Backing

July 24, 2008

Author: Maurice Malanes

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=2117

An Indonesian religious leader has told a visiting World Council of Churches delegation that Christians in his country are praying for the US Democratic Party presidential candidate, Barack Obama.

"We are praying for Obama because we feel he can help reduce the widespread stigma and misperception that Muslims in Indonesia are...

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