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British Muslims Extend a Friendly Hand to Jews

March 18, 2007

Author: Jamie Doward

Source: The Observer

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2036665,00.html

Britain's leading Muslim organisation will tomorrow signal a radical shift in its position when one of its senior members addresses a Jewish audience for the first time.

The decision by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) to attend a high-profile debate entitled 'Does more unite Muslims and Jews than divides them?' is being...

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"Muslim Country Musician Turns Stereotypes Upside Down," a Commentary by Eileen Flynn

March 17, 2007

Author: Eileen Flynn

Source: Austin American-Statesman

http://www.statesman.com/travel/content/life/stories/faith/03/17/17flynn.html

It was the twang that threw me. I'm talking serious cowboy voice. The kind that can only come from out on the range. The kind that still startles my New England ears.

"Miss Fleeeeynn?" he said. "This is Kareem Salama. I understand you're trying to reach me."

OK, hold it. I...

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"CAIR Doesn't Deserve the Harassment," a Commentary by Arab American News

March 17, 2007

Source: The Arab American

http://www.arabamericannews.com/newsarticle.php?articleid=7912

Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) recently reserved a room on Capitol Hill for a panel discussion on "Global Attitudes on Islam-West Relations: U.S. Policy Implications," sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). It was the fifth Hill event for CAIR in the last two years. It was selected as a target of opportunity by some who seek to block participation in...

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Quebec Prison Guard Loses Job for Wearing Hijab

March 16, 2007

Source: Angola Press

http://www.angolapress-angop.ao/noticia-e.asp?ID=517202

A human rights advocacy group deplored on Thursday the firing of a Muslim woman who lost her Quebec prison guard job for refusing to remove her hijab.

Sondos Abdelatif, 19, was half-way through her training to become a prison guard at Montreal`s Bordeaux jail when she was fired Tuesday on concerns her hijab, a soft scarf worn around the head and neck, could pose a safety risk.
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Meeting Held Between Law Enforcement Officers and Muslims

March 16, 2007

Source: Fox 23 Online

http://www.fox23.com/news/state/story.aspx?content_id=1a5bba14-9c02-4462-b912-f50eb119a816

(OKLAHOMA CITY) March 16 - Law officers have met with Muslim leaders in Oklahoma in an effort to improve understanding and limit problems in what both sides say can be a tense relationship.

FBI agents, police chiefs and officers, mosque leaders and members of the Governor's Ethnic American Advisory Council met...

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Muslim Tenants Win Discrimination Lawsuit in Arbitration

March 16, 2007

Author: ERIK ORTIZ

Source: Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/local/anaheim/article_1621741.php

An arbiter has decided that the Chaumont Villas apartment complex wrongly discriminated against six Muslim tenants based on their religion.

The parties in the lawsuit, filed in September 2005, agreed to binding arbitration.

In his decision on March 9, Orange County Arbiter Jay...

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U.S. Officials Want More Outreach to American Arabs, Muslims

March 15, 2007

Author: Adam Schreck

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-terror15mar15,1,2191748.story

WASHINGTON--Senior Homeland Security officials told a Senate panel Wednesday that they were having a hard time employing enough interpreters and analysts to counter domestic terrorist threats and that they needed to do more to reach out to American Arabs and Muslims.

They also...

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Muslim Organization Revives Minnesota Branch

March 15, 2007

Author: Richard Meryhew and Pamela Miller

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1058473.html

A controversial national Islamic civil liberties organization has revived its Minnesota chapter after a series of highly publicized incidents involving Muslim taxi drivers, store clerks and airline passengers.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has 32 chapters in the United States and Canada, will open a St....

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Planned Mosque Causing Quite a Stir

March 14, 2007

Author: Matt O'Brien

Source: Inside Bay Area

http://www.insidebayarea.com/dailyreview/localnews/ci_5432719

HAYWARD — The neighborhood surrounding Gading Road always has been known for its row of Christian churches, most of them built in the 1950s and 1960s to accommodate the rapid growth of nearby housing tracts.

But it has never seen the likes of a minaret before.

That could change now that a group of Fijian...

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"Muslim Women Can Reshape Islam," a Commentary by The Christian Science Monitor

March 14, 2007

Author: Christian Science Monitor

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0314/p08s02-comv.html

Something special went unnoticed last week when the US State Department gave out its first awards for "women of courage" to 10 foreign recipients: Seven of the women had demonstrated their honored bravery within Muslim countries.

Were these awards another US effort to help reform Islam? Possibly. But Secretary of State...

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Graduation Ceremony in Church Spurs Lawsuit

March 14, 2007

Author: Kasi Addison

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/213/story_21375_1.html

A high school graduation ceremony held last year in a Newark church has sparked a lawsuit over religious freedom.

A senior who was graduating from West Side High School says he could not attend the ceremony because his Muslim faith prohibited him from entering a building with religious icons, such...

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