Islam

'I Don't Hate Muslims. I Hate Islam,' says Holland's Rising Political Star

February 17, 2008

Author: Ian Traynor

Source: The Observer

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/17/netherlands.islam

A TV addict with bleached hair who adores Maggie Thatcher and prefers kebabs to hamburgers, Geert Wilders has got nothing against Muslims. He just hates Islam. Or so he says. 'Islam is not a religion, it's an ideology,' says Wilders, a lanky Roman Catholic right-winger, 'the ideology of a retarded culture.'

The Dutch politician,...

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Danish Imam Urges Muslim Youths to Stop Rioting

February 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Hindu

Wire Service: AP

http://www.hindu.com/2008/02/17/stories/2008021755511300.htm

A prominent Danish imam urged rioting youths to stop setting fires and hurling rocks at police after a fifth consecutive night of vandalism in Copenhagen and other Danish cities.

Youth violence has marred immigrant neighbourhoods in Copenhagen and other Danish cities all week, and some...

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"The First Three to Five Seconds" - Law Enforcement Roll Call Training Video on Arab and Muslim Cultural Awareness

February 15, 2008

Source: United States Department of Justice

http://www.usdoj.gov/crs/

Officer survival is the first priority. However, in order to be safe and effective, officers must be able to differentiate between a threat and a cultural norm. Under emergency circumstances events always dictate an officer's response. This video will address only non-crisis situations and will provide basic tools to recognize cultural norms of some Arab and Muslim Americans.

Appeal Judges Clear Muslims of Terror Charges

February 14, 2008

Author: Vikram Dodd

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/14/uksecurity.ukcrime

Five young Muslim men yesterday had their terrorism convictions quashed after judges concluded that reading Islamist material was not illegal unless there was "direct" proof it was to be used to inspire violent extremism.

The men had been jailed in July 2006 with the trial judge saying they had been "intoxicated" by extremism after...

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Lost Liberty: Another Local Imam Faces Questions and Suspicion

February 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08045/857290-192.stm

In the 18 years Dr. Moniem El-Ganayni has held a security clearance at Bettis Laboratory in West Mifflin, his superiors have never questioned his work ethic or his loyalty to this nation.

The 57-year-old Egyptian-born nuclear scientist is a devout Muslim and co-founder of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh in Oakland. He was also the imam...

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Agreement Signed to Bridge Cultural Divide Between Islam and Christianity

February 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Gulf News

http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Heritage_and_Culture/10189586.html

An agreement to help bridge the cultural divide between Muslims and Christians was signed by the Juma Al Majid Centre for Culture and Heritage and the Patriarch of Alexandria.

The agreement was signed by Juma Al Majid, head of the centre, and Patriarch Theodore II, Eastern Orthodox Pope of Alexandria and all Africa,...

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Muslims Reconcile Burial Rites, State Rules

February 14, 2008

Author: ANN MARIE SOMMA

Source: The Courant

http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-muslimburial0218.artfeb18,0,3501263.story

Muslims bury their dead quickly — within 24 hours. The dead must be interred without a casket, facing the holy city of Mecca.

Before the burial, the body is washed with soap and scented water, then wrapped in a seamless cloth, tied at the head and feet. Cremation and embalming are...

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Defining the Limits of Exceptionalism

February 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Economist

http://www.economist.com/world/international/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10696111

AMONG family-law buffs, the case is seen as a key example of the messy ways in which religious and civil law can get entangled. It concerns an Italian couple who wed in a Catholic church in 1962. After 25 years of less-than-blissful union, she got a legal separation from a civil court, which told him to...

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Greenwich Library Reverses Course on Mideast Lecture Ban

February 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Boston Globe

Wire Service: AP

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Greenwich Library officials, yielding to free speech arguments, reversed their decision to bar a group from giving two lectures on Israeli-Palestinian relations at the library.

David Brownwood, a member of the library's Board of Trustees, said Wednesday that officials...

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Premier Orders Lord's Prayer Review

February 14, 2008

Author: ROBERT BENZIE

Source: The Star

http://www.thestar.com/article/303495

Premier Dalton McGuinty wants to end the daily recital of the Lord's Prayer in the Legislature in what opposition parties are calling a bid to heal wounds from a divisive provincial election fought over religious schools.

McGuinty, whose Liberals were re-elected Oct. 10 partly by defending public funding of Catholic schools while attacking a Progressive Conservative scheme to...

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