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Government Leader Says Religions Can Play a Role in Creating a Harmonious Society

July 22, 2006

Source: China Daily

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/home/2006-07/22/content_646970.htm

On July 22, 2006 the China Daily reported, "China's religions, as an important part of the social force, may play an active role in helping build a harmonious society if they are properly guided, a top official who is in charge of the country's religious affairs said on Friday in Beijing. Ye Xiaowen, director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, made the remarks...

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Muslim Comedian Finds Humor in American Muslim Life

July 22, 2006

Source: Telegram and Gazette

http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20060722&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=607220358&SectionCat=&Template=printart

On July 22, 2006 Telegram and Gazette reported, "A devout Muslim, Azhar M. Usman relates easily to Jewish audiences. 'I’ve got a long beard, I went to law school and I keep strictly kosher,' the stand-up comedian says. Mr. Usman is appearing tonight...

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In Cities Around the World, Thousands March in Opposition to Israeli Strikes

July 22, 2006

Source: Reuters

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N22266919.htm

On July 22, 2006 Reuters reported, "Thousands of demonstrators marched through London and hundreds more gathered in Amsterdam and Chicago on Saturday to protest against Israeli attacks in Lebanon and the refusal of the U.S. and British governments to condemn them. Police said around 7,000 people joined the London protest as it snaked from the banks of the Thames to Hyde Park, first in brilliant...

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Boston Muslims and Christians Protest Attacks on Lebanon

July 22, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society/The Boston Globe

http://www.masnet.org/news.asp?id=3522

On July 22, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "Hundreds of people, including Muslims and Christians, turned out for a rally yesterday afternoon at Boston City Hall Plaza to protest Israel's bombing of Lebanon and the treatment of Palestinians. Participants carried signs such as 'Free All Palestinian and Lebanese Political Prisoners,' 'End the Israeli Occupation,' and 'Stop Aid and Weapons.' At...

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Muslim Council of Britain to Tour U.K. to Gather Views of Local Muslims

July 22, 2006

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

http://www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-235/0607220008181017.htm

On July 22, 2006 the Islamic Republic News Agency reported, "The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is embarking on a nationwide tour of England next week to listen to the views of local communities among the country's 1.8 million Muslim population. The five-week tour, starting on July 25, is being led by the recently elected Secretary General of the MCB Muhammad...

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Islamic Society of Boston Lawsuit to Proceed

July 21, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2006/07/21/judge_rules_islamic_society_suit_can_proceed/?p1=email_to_a_friend

On July 21, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "A Superior Court judge ruled yesterday that a defamation suit brought by the Islamic Society of Boston against media and Jewish rights organizations can go forward. The suit alleges that...

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Update: Maine's Attorney General Goes to Court Over Pig Head Incident

July 21, 2006

Source: Portland Press Herald

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/state/060721lewiston.shtml

On July 21, 2006 Portland Press Herald reported, "A second legal complaint filed against the man accused of rolling a frozen pig's head into a Lewiston mosque is raising the question: Will there be a third?

Thursday's decision by the Maine Attorney General's Office to prosecute Brent Matthews of Lewiston on civil rights violations has mosque members...

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Schools Struggle to Accommodate Religious Holidays

July 21, 2006

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2006-07-21-schools-holidays_x.htm

On July 21, 2006 USA Today reported, "Sikh, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, and Christian � each faith has its holy days. Schools across the country are asking how to respect them all.

Consider the University at Albany, which canceled classes on major Muslim holidays. Faculty wanted the move out of concern for Muslim students after the Sept. 11...

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Judge Permits Islamic Society of Boston Defamation Suit

July 21, 2006

Source: Boston Herald

http://business.bostonherald.com/businessNews/view.bg?articleid=149252

On July 21, 2006 the Boston Herald reported, "A Norfolk Superior Court judge indicated yesterday a defamation suit filed against the Herald, WFXT-TV (FOX 25) and a number of other organizations by the Islamic Society of Boston will likely go forward. Judge Janet L. Sanders said, at this time, she did not foresee throwing out the entire case, but she said she...

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MPAC Calls Upon Rice to Include American Muslim Advisor in Trip to Middle East

July 21, 2006

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council Press Release

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=384

On July 21, 2006 a Muslim Public Affairs Council Press Release reported, "The Muslim Public Affairs Council today sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice articulating the need for an American Muslim advisor to travel with her as an advisor during her trip to the region. In times such as these, America's best resource for developing a strategic approach is the voice of credible and...

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Canadian Muslims Call on Prime Minister to Call for Ceasefire

July 20, 2006

Source: CAIR-CAN Press Release

On July 20, 2006 a Council on American-Islamic Relations-Canada press release reported, "26 Canadian Muslim organizations released the following statement today on the Canadian response to the crisis in Lebanon: 'On behalf of Canadian Muslim organizations from across the nation representing a broad spectrum of Canada's hundreds of thousands of Muslims, we call on the Canadian government to act in accordance with Canadian values and international law with regards to the ongoing human devastation in the Middle East. Canada must...

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U.S. Says Saudis Making Progress on Religious Tolerance

July 20, 2006

Source: UPI

http://www.upi.com/InternationalIntelligence/view.php?StoryID=20060720-112024-4022r

On July 20, 2006 United Press International reported, "Saudi Arabia is taking steps towards greater religious freedom by promising to revise textbooks and establish a new human rights commission. Comprehensive textbook revisions are expected to be completed in one to two years, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom John...

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