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Series Promotes Interfaith Dialogue

April 11, 2008

Author: Melanie M. Sidwell

Source: The Longmont Times-Call

http://www.timescall.com/faith/Faith-Story.asp?id=7884

A Sufi master will speak in Denver this weekend during a free interfaith event about how religion is a source of peace, not conflict.

Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, before he presents in Denver, is also scheduled to visit the home of a Longmont Muslim on Saturday.

Kabbani is the keynote speaker during this weekend...

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New Malaysia Rule on Islamic Conversion

April 11, 2008

Author: JULIA ZAPPEI

Source: Herald-Leader

Wire Service: AP

http://www.kentucky.com/524/story/373138.html

Malaysia will soon require non-Muslims to inform their family before converting to Islam, a move welcomed Friday by minority religious groups who said it will help ease ethnic and interfaith tensions.

The planned rule is aimed at preventing the kind of religious disputes that have frequently erupted in this...

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BBC Chief Mark Thompson Warns of 'Over-Cautious' Islam Coverage

April 10, 2008

Author: Dan Sabbagh

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3724384.ece

Mark Thompson, the Director General of the BBC, tonight warned broadcasters against becoming overly-cautious in their reporting on Islam for fear of causing offence to Muslims.

Speaking at Westminster Cathedral Mr Thompson, a practising Catholic, said there was “a growing nervousness about discussion about Islam and...

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"We've Seen This Movie Before," a Commentary by Eboo Patel

April 10, 2008

Author: Eboo Patel

Source: Washington Post/Asia Society

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/09/AR2008040903110.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Here we go again: Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders has finally released his controversial film "Fitna" ("Strife"), which shows bloody scenes of terrorist attacks to support claims that the Koran inspires violence.

Supporters insist...

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Muslim Health Clinic Wins Group's Praise

April 10, 2008

Author: Mona Shadia

Source: The San Bernardino Sun

http://www.sbsun.com/ci_8885044?source=rss

A free Muslim-operated health-care clinic here has been recognized for bridging the health-care gap.

The nonprofit Institute for Social Policy and Understanding chose Al-Shifa Clinic at 2034 Mallory St. as one of 10 clinics in four United States cities with a large Muslim-American population that are making a difference.

Al-Shifa, which means "...

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Advisory Council of World’s Religious Figures to be Established at UN – Head of Caucasus Muslims’ Clerical Office

April 10, 2008

Author: R. Agayev

Source: Trend News Agency

http://news.trendaz.com/index.shtml?show=news&newsid=1173577&lang=EN

The issue on establishment of an advisory council at UN was discussed during the meeting between the world’s religious figures and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The working groups to study the details of the council will be established in the near future. It was decided that the Muslim religion will be...

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Religious Rule May Let Muslim Sex Offenders Off Jail Therapy

April 9, 2008

Author: Richard Ford

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3708850.ece

Muslims convicted of sex offences could opt out of treatment programmes intended to stop them offending because open discussion of their crimes is against their religion.

Ahtsham Ali, the prison service’s Muslim adviser, said that there was a “legitimate Islamic position” that criminals should not discuss...

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Wake Gives Little in Deal with Punished Teacher

April 9, 2008

Author: T. KEUNG HUI

Source: The News Observer

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1030288.html

A former Enloe High School teacher who sued after he was punished for inviting an anti-Islamic speaker to school will not receive any money nor have his personnel record cleared as part of a tentative settlement with the Wake County school system.

Under the agreement, released by the school board Tuesday, Robert Escamilla will drop his lawsuit...

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Egypt Complains over Pope Search

April 9, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7338021.stm

Egypt's government has complained after staff at Heathrow Airport insisted the leader of the Egyptian Coptic Church went through a metal detector.

The Egyptian foreign ministry said the treatment of 84-year-old Pope Shenouda III, Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, was "unacceptable".

It added that Pope Shenouda was ordered to undergo a body...

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Eid Presentation at School Draws Complaints

April 8, 2008

Author: MARYAM ALI

Source: Southern California InFocus

http://www.infocusnews.net/content/view/20862/514/

Last December when Kimberly Kanan was invited by her children’s school to discuss the Muslim holiday of Eid during the school’s study of traditions and cultures from around the world, she happily accepted the offer. But Kanan, an active parent of four, three of whom attend the same school where the presentation took place, did not...

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Op-Ed: "Hardship for Evangelicals in Jordan: Lessons for All Christians," by Imad Shehadeh

April 8, 2008

Author: Imad Shehadeh

Source: Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2008/aprilweb-only/115-22.0.html

The media in the East and West have recently been reporting the denunciation of evangelicals by the council of the Catholic and Orthodox bishops in Jordan. The bishops' denunciation was in support of the government's deportations of foreign missionaries, pastors, seminary students, and teachers. Some evangelical...

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Austin-Area Religious Leaders Ask Officials to Help Detained Imam

April 8, 2008

Author: Eileen E. Flynn

Source: American-Statesman

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/04/08/0408razi.html

Members of Austin's religious community are rallying around a Muslim cleric who is being detained in West Texas and may be deported to Pakistan.

Imam Safdar Razi, who led a Northwest Austin mosque for six years before taking a job in Dearborn, Mich., in 2006, was arrested on immigration...

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