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Muslim Congressman Speaks at Symposium

April 7, 2008

Author: Michael Drakulich

Source: Southtown Star

http://www.southtownstar.com/news/881002,040708ellison.article

The first Muslim elected to U.S. Congress shared some of his experiences as an elected official with those who hope to follow in his footsteps one day.

Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) was keynote speaker at the Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium, hosted by the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
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Court: Dutch Lawmaker is Entitled to Make Anti-Quran Statements

April 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/04/07/news/Netherlands-Quran-Film.php

A Dutch lawmaker who sparked protests across the Muslim world with a film criticizing the Quran is entitled to express his anti-Islamic views, a court ruled Monday, rejecting a request to muzzle him.

The court ruled that the views...

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French Muslim War Graves Defaced

April 6, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7333344.stm

Vandals have desecrated 148 Muslim graves in France's biggest WWI cemetery, officials have said.

A pig's head was hung from one headstone and slogans insulting Islam and France's Muslim justice minister were daubed on other graves.

President Nicolas Sarkozy condemned the attack as a "hateful act" and the "most inadmissible kind of racism".

Cadets Sample Cultural Diversity

April 5, 2008

Author: Alexa James

Source: Times Herald-Record

http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080405/NEWS/804050321/-1/NEWS

The male cadets join the Muslim men in the mosque's main foyer. Shoulder to shoulder, they bow to the east, as the Imam recites the Friday prayer.

The female cadets listen from a balcony two floors up, where the Muslim women pray. Their heads wrapped in white, they crowd...

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Mayor Joins Mosque's Tribute to Civil Rights Icon

April 5, 2008

Author: Paloma Esquivel

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs5apr05,1,5458175.story

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was the guest of honor Friday at a Los Angeles mosque. But it was the spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that held the crowd.

"King was a leader who gave his life working for justice," said Muzammil H. Siddiqi, religious director of the Islamic Society...

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Mukherjee Promises Haj Pilgrims More Facilities

April 3, 2008

Author: Nilofar Suhrawardy

Source: Arab News

http://arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=108525&d=3&m=4&y=2008&pix=world.jpg&category=World

Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said yesterday the government would make arrangements to ensure that Haj pilgrims do not face any problems this year.

Speaking at the All India Haj Conference, Mukherjee said, “I can assure you that...

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At CBAAC, Olupona Canvasses Inter- Faith Dialogue as Panacea to Religious Crises

April 3, 2008

Author: Mcphilips Nwachukwu

Source: All Africa/Vanguard

http://allafrica.com/stories/200804030448.html

In her continued effort to ensuring global understanding and appreciation of Black African arts, culture, history and civilization, Centre for Black African Arts and Civilization, CBAAC last week at the Banquet Hall of Excellence Hotels, Ogba, Ikeja held a very high profile lecture on the volatile subject of religion.

It came on the heel of...

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Leaders Urge Obama to Make Religion Speech

April 3, 2008

Author: Andrea Useem

Source: Religion News Service/The Pew Forum

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=15320

The first Muslim elected to Congress on Thursday (April 3) urged Sen. Barack Obama to show "transcendant leadership" by tackling issues of religion -- including allegations that Obama is a Muslim -- in the same way he addressed racial divisions.

"Religious pluralism is under threat," Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said at a forum...

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Religious Community Holds Vigil After Vandalism

April 3, 2008

Author: Jennifer Thome

Source: CBS3, Springfield

http://www.cbs3springfield.com/news/local/17281829.html

For weeks the Islamic Center in West Springfield has been cleaning up broken glass and listening to threatening phone calls. On Thursday night, the interfaith community came together to show their solidarity.

Mohammad Saleem Bajwa, President of Islamic Society, says "{The Islamic community} has a strong fear that something is going...

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Two Unamalgamated Worlds

April 3, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Economist

http://www.economist.com/world/europe/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10958534

HE DID not plan it that way. But when Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister, arrived in Germany for an official visit in February he found the Turkish community in turmoil. A few days before his arrival nine Turks, five of them children, had died in a fire in the south-western city of Ludwigshafen. A hate...

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Arabs, Muslims Battle West Over Free Speech at UN

April 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: DAWN

Wire Service: AP

http://www.dawn.com/2008/04/02/top9.htm

Arab and Muslim countries defended on Tuesday a resolution they pushed through at the United Nations to have the body’s expert on free speech to report on individuals and news media for negative comments on Islam.

An amendment passed by the UN Human Rights Council on Friday directed the body’s expert on freedom of...

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U.S. Muslims and Mormons Share Deepening Ties

April 2, 2008

Author: David Haldane

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-morlims2apr02,1,2488142.story

The Mormon Church has to be among the most outgoing on earth; in recent years its leaders have reached out to, among others, Latinos, Koreans, Catholics and Jews.

One of the most enthusiastic responses, however, has come from what some might consider a surprising source: U.S. Muslims.

"We are...

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Muslim Official Visits Church, Temples

April 2, 2008

Author: SEAN YOONG

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

Wire Service: AP

http://www.kentucky.com/524/story/364029.html

A lawmaker from Malaysia's Islamic opposition party said Wednesday he made rare visits to a church and temples to help assure non-Muslim minorities about their religious rights.

Khalid Abdul Samad, a Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party lawmaker, said he wanted to ease suspicions among non-Muslims that his party...

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