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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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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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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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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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Congress Considers Workplace Freedom Bill -- Again

February 13, 2008

Author: Greg Trotter

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=14954

Congress is again considering a bill to protect religious expression in the workplace, but the bill, which has been bandied about for a decade or more, continues to draw steep opposition from business interests.

The Workplace Religious Freedom Act would require employers to be more accommodating of employees who wish to wear religious headgear...

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Muslim Running for Congress Wants to Combat Ignorance about his Faith

February 13, 2008

Author: Ken Kusmer

Source: Daily Breeze

Wire Service: AP

http://www.dailybreeze.com/lifeandculture/ci_8250963

A convert to Islam stands an election victory away from becoming the second Muslim elected to Congress and a role model for a faith community seeking to make its mark in national politics.

Political newcomer Andre Carson is the Democratic nominee in a March 11 special election to succeed his late...

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Newspapers Defy Muslim Fanatics to Support Kurt Westergaard

February 13, 2008

Author: David Charter

Source: The Timees

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article3355938.ece

Denmark’s three main newspapers will take the provocative step today of reprinting a cartoon showing the Prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb instead of a turban after the arrest yesterday of three suspected Islamic terrorists for plotting to murder the artist.

The cartoon by Kurt Westergaard was one of 12...

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Karzai Seeks Aid for Islamic Schools

February 12, 2008

Author: AMIR SHAH

Source: The State

Wire Service: AP

http://www.thestate.com/372/story/314894.html

Afghanistan needs more international help to build Islamic schools so fewer students will attend more radical ones outside the country, President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday.

Karzai said parents would not know what their children study in Islamic schools or madrassas outside the country - an apparent reference to...

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The India Story: Hindu, Christian, Sikh Blood in Muslim Patient

February 12, 2008

Author: Mudassir Rizwan

Source: Indian Muslim News and information

http://www.indianmuslims.info/news/2008/feb/11/india_story_hindu_christian_sikh_blood_muslim_patient.html

A Muslim girl suffering from thalassemia in Bihar has found a new lease of life after three officials of a central paramilitary force, belonging to the Hindu, Sikh and Christian communities, gave her blood.

In a...

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Mosque Leader Thankful for Quick Arrests in Arson

February 12, 2008

Author: BOB SMIETANA

Source: The Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080212/NEWS06/802120364/1006/NEWS01

Daoud Abudiab walked through the ashes of the Islamic Center of Columbia on Monday and gave thanks that the three men blamed for destroying the mosque were behind bars.

"They have proven that they are a danger to our community," he said. "They do not need to be roaming...

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'Remove Religious Restriction'

February 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Remove_religious_restriction/rssarticleshow/2772049.cms

As long as religious restriction continues on Article 341 of the Constitution of India, the dalit Christians and dalit Muslims will remain marginalised from the national mainstream. They have to bear the brunt of fascist forces sometimes in Gujarat and sometimes in...

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Church Offers Support To Mosque Members

February 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WKRN Nashville

http://wkrn.com/nashville/news/church-offers-support-to-mosque-members/136117.htm

The First Presbyterian Church in Columbia is opening its doors to members of the Islamic Center of Columbia after a fire over the weekend destroyed their place of worship.

When news of the fire spread, church members at the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia pitched into to help....

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Islamist Target Hirsi Ali Seeks French Protection

February 10, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AFP

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iNOYHO_OlQv9TQDsrQ9tB5YeJo7g

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born former Dutch deputy threatened with death for her outspoken criticism of Islam, sought European protection and possible French citizenship at the start of a visit to Paris on Sunday.

French star philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy has spearheaded a campaign for Hirsi Ali to receive honorary French...

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Birth Defects Warning Sparks Row

February 10, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7237663.stm

A minister who warned about birth defects among children of first cousin marriages in Britain's Asian community has sparked anger among critics.

Phil Woolas said health workers were aware such marriages were creating increased risk of genetic problems.

The claims infuriated the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) which called on the prime minister...

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