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Government Spends $30 Million on Hindu Temple Restoration

July 11, 2006

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1725370.cms

On July 11, 2006 The Times of India reported, "This is perhaps for the first time in the history of Pakistan that the government is spending close to $30 million for the restoration of a Hindu temple. India is believed to have chipped in $3 million for the project. The three-phase restoration work of the Katas Raj temple complex is being carried out in collaboration with the...

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Update: Leaders in Lewiston Organize Event in Support of Muslim Community After Pig's Head Incident

July 11, 2006

Source: Portland Press-Herald

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/state/060711lewiston.shtml

On July 11, 2006 the Portland Press-Herald reported, "Community leaders in Lewiston-Auburn will hold a rally Wednesday in support of Somali Muslims who were stunned when someone rolled a pig's head into their mosque at prayer time last week.

The event is planned for 11:15 a.m., with a tentative location at Courthouse Plaza on Lisbon Street, on the...

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UK Supported Controversial Cleric to Attend Meeting in Turkey

July 11, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/5168104.stm

On July 11, 2006 BBC News reported, "A prominent Muslim leader who has expressed support for suicide bombings in Israel attended a conference funded by the Foreign Office, it has emerged. Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi was among 180 people flown to Istanbul by the Foreign Office for the event 10 days ago. An official said it wanted to engage with people 'who don't necessarily share the same point of view'....

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Assistant Imam Attacked in Denbighshire

July 11, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_east/5169800.stm

On July 11, 2006 BBC News reported, "Friends of an assistant imam attacked on his way to a mosque say the assault has left people shocked and nervous. Naeem Mohammad, 29, lost two teeth and needed 15 stitches following the assault near the Islamic Cultural Centre in Rhyl, Denbighshire.

He spent a third day in hospital after being re-admitted when his condition worsened, and is still...

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U.S. Religious Worker Visa Program Found to be Riddled with Fraud

July 11, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2006/07/11/probe_finds_churches146_visa_program_riddled_with_fraud/

On July 11, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "A special visa program that allows churches to bring thousands of foreign religious workers into the country each year is riddled with fraud, an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security investigation...

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Lawyer Says Anti-Terror Law is Anti-Muslim

July 11, 2006

Source: The Mississauga News

http://www.mississauganews.com/mi/news/story/3586989p-4145282c.html

On July 11, 2006 The Mississauga News reported, "The lawyer for one of six Mississauga men accused of being homegrown terrorists says Canada's anti-terror law discriminates against Muslims. Rocco Galati, who represents Mississauga's Ahmad Ghany, made the startling statements yesterday in a Brampton courtroom. The law is unfair because it doesn't list the Ku...

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Update: More Hindu Temples Destroyed

July 11, 2006

Source: Asia Times

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/HG11Ae01.html

On July 11, 2006 the Asia Times reported, "Police in riot gear and shouting through megaphones recently arrived to move out devotees and pave the way for demolition of a Hindu temple on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, which local ethnic Indians say has stood in the area for more than three generations. A group of angry worshippers who refused to obey orders were doused with water cannons...

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Suspected Motivations for Mumbai Bombings Include Anger at India's Religious Pluralism

July 11, 2006

Source: Ekklesia

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/content/news_syndication/article_060711mumbai.shtml

On July 11, 2006 Ekklesia reported, "Militant jihadi groups based in Pakistan are among the early suspects following a series of explosions which killed at least 130 people on the train network in India's financial capital, Mumbai (Bombay), today (11 July 2006). Church, civic and community groups, together with other faith leaders and representatives...

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International Hindu Groups Protest Destruction of Temples in Malaysia

July 10, 2006

Source: Hinduism Today

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2006/7/14.shtml#1

On July 10, 2006 Hinduism Today reported, "At least three groups overseas have attempted to convey their concern to the Malaysian government about the spate of Hindu temple demolitions of late. The Agni Foundation, representing the Dutch Hindu Community, held a meeting on May 19 with Malaysia's Ambassador to Holland Noor Farida Ariffin to discuss the issue. In a report made available to...

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Muslim American Society Campaign for Justice for Palestinians Takes Off

July 10, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://www.masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=3463

On July 10, 2006 a Muslim American Society Press Release reported, "The Muslim American Society's Freedom Foundation (MAS Freedom) initiated its American Justice for Palestine Campaign on June 28, the day after Israel unlawfully invaded the Gaza Strip under the pretext of rescuing a kidnapped Israeli soldier.  The following day, MAS Freedom sponsored an emergency rally across from the...

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Tanenbaum Center Aids Police Understanding of Religious Customs

July 10, 2006

Source: Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

http://www.tanenbaum.org/programs/diversity/police.aspx

The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding reported, "In the course of our cutting-edge work in religious diversity and the workplace, the Tanenbaum Center has identified industries in which religious issues are often central to outcomes.

In law enforcement, for example, it is critical for police officers responsible for community...

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"Who Speaks for British Muslims" Documentary Accuses Gov't of Appeasing Extremists

July 10, 2006

Source: AIM Magazine

http://www.asiansinmedia.org/news/article.php/television/1386

On July 10, 2006 AIM Magazine reported, "It would be an understatement to say the Muslim Council of Britain and journalist Martin Bright are not exactly the best of friends. The latter, political editor of New Statesman magazine, will be presenting a documentary on Channel 4 next week arguing that the government is appeasing Muslim radicals in the UK and abroad, and failing to...

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Bill Passed in New York Prevents Exams on Religious Holidays

July 10, 2006

Source: CAIR Press Release

On July 10, 2006 a CAIR Press Release reported, "The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today welcomed passage of a bill in the New York State Legislature that prevents scheduling statewide school exams on religious holidays. CAIR-NY said the legislation is a victory for religious freedom and civil rights in New York, particularly for the Muslim community. Earlier this year, Muslim students in New York were not able to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha, one of two main Islamic holidays, due to state...

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"Getting Ready for Hope Not Hate" by Sabahat Adil

July 10, 2006

Source: Americans for an Informed Democracy

http://aidemocracy.typepad.com/interdependent/2006/07/getting_ready_f.html

On July 10, 2006 Americans for an Informed Democracy published an opinion piece by Sabahat Adil, an AID Summer Intern and Student Leader at the University of Chicago: "During the last weekend of June, I attended the 31st ICNA-MAS Convention in Hartford, Connecticut, titled 'Living Islam, Loving Humanity.' It brought together...

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