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Sikh-ing Harmony Interfaith Dialogue Project Launched on Independence Day

July 4, 2006

Source: Sikh Council on Religion and Education

http://www.sikhcouncilusa.org/article.aspx?article=interproject

On July 4, 2006 the Sikh Council on Religion and Education reported, "The Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE) and the Dialogue Forum announce the launch of an innovative interfaith dialogue project: Sikh-ing Harmony. This project facilitates dialogue and understanding between the three major Abrahamic faiths – Judaism, Christianity...

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Muslim MP Criticizes Efforts to Engage Muslims One Year After London Bombings

July 4, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/5142762.stm

On July 4, 2006 BBC News reported, "Ministers are facing criticism over the response to the 7 July bombings from one of their most prominent Muslim MPs. In the week of the first anniversary of the attacks, Sadiq Khan says he is disappointed with efforts to engage with the Muslim community.

The MP for Tooting says there is an air of despondency over the achievements of the special taskforce set...

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Pig's Head Thrown into Lewiston Mosque During Prayers

July 4, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

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On July 4, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "A group of Muslim men praying at a Lewiston mosque were thrown for a jolt when somebody threw a severed pig's head into the mosque. Police arrested a man on Tuesday who said he thought it was a joke.

A frozen pig's head slightly larger than a basketball was rolled into the Lewiston Auburn Islamic Center on Lisbon Street at about...

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Small Interreligious Panel Seeks to Mediate Roxbury Mosque Dispute

July 4, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2006/07/04/mediating_the_mosque_dispute/

On July 4, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "A group of prominent Christian and Jewish leaders has begun trying to settle quietly a bitter dispute over construction of a mosque in Roxbury that has deeply strained relations between Muslims and Jews in Greater Boston. The 40-member panel of ministers,...

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On Independence Day, Some U.S. Muslims Feel Alienated by Patriot Act

July 4, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/file_on_4/5145970.stm

On July 4, 2006 BBC News reported, "For U.S. citizens, 4 July - Independence Day - is the most patriotic day in the calendar but for Sabri Ben Kahla and many of the country's six million Muslims, the word patriot has taken on a more sinister meaning. The 30-year-old graduate from Falls Church, Virginia, who once aspired to serving his country as a diplomat, has fallen foul of the U.S....

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Hindu Temple Reopens in Kashmir with Help of Muslims

July 4, 2006

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1705907.cms

On July 4, 2006 The Times of India reported, "The pealing of bells drowned out the rat-a-tat of gunfire, at least for a while in a corner of South Kashmir, as the Mata Ragya Temple in Devsar town, Anantnag, opened after being shut since the eruption of militancy 17 years ago. The shrine in Khanburan area of Devsar is dated back to some 5,000 years, when Mata Ragya, as per the...

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Government Bans 18 Books on Islam and Religion

July 4, 2006

Source: International Freedom of Expression Exchange

http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/75464/

On July 4, 2006 the International Freedom of Expression Exchange reported, "Malaysia's Ministry of Internal Security has banned 18 books on Islam and religion for their alleged potential to 'disrupt peace and harmony'. The ban was ordered in accordance with the Printing Presses and Publications Act of 1984, which prohibits the reproduction or distribution of materials that...

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Paris Mosque Vandalized

July 3, 2006

Source: Haaretz

Wire Service: AP

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/734168.html

On July 3, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Vandals painted swastikas and anti-Muslim slogans on a mosque in the Parisian suburb of Courcouronnes, a mosque official said Monday.

Abderrahmane Ammari said 'extremists' attacked the walls of the mosque early Sunday, covering the exterior walls with slogans including 'Islam go home,' 'France is white'...

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Malaysian Political Scientist Denounces Destruction of Hindu Temples

July 3, 2006

Source: Hinduism Today

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/#1

On July 3, 2006 Hinduism Today reported, "In this news piece sent by the Malaysian Hindu Voice, Dr. Farish A. Noor, a Malaysian political scientist and human rights activist, speaks out against the recent demolition of Hindu temples in Malaysia. He notes that because of globalization the Hindu community is connected with others worldwide and, as a result, Hindu organizations in Europe and other parts of the world have appealed to the...

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Update: Government Official Calls for Relocation Plans for Demolished Hindu Temples

July 3, 2006

Source: The Hindu

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200607031341.htm

On July 3, 2006 the Press Trust of India reported, "Taking note of the resentment among the Hindu community over the demolition of some temples here, a top Malaysian Minister has suggested that local authorities set aside permanent sites for the shrines. The president of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) and Works Minister Samy Vellu said...

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Muslim Public Affairs Council Hosts Forum on Jewish-Muslim Relations

July 3, 2006

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council press release

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=367

On July 3, 2006 a Muslim Public Affairs Council press release reported, "On Sunday, July 2nd, prominent Muslim and Jewish religious leaders participated in a townhall forum organized by the Muslim Public Affairs Council to discuss the current state of Muslim-Jewish relations. Panelists -- including Rabbi Stephen Julius Stein (Wilshire Boulevard Temple), Dr. Saleh Kholaki (Islamic Center of...

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Mohammed Iqbal Says 7/7 Made Leeds Stronger

July 2, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_yorkshire/5138540.stm

On July 2, 2006 BBC News reported, "The first Asian Lord Mayor of Leeds said the city had moved on and grown stronger since the 7 July atrocity. Mohammed Iqbal is to represent the council at a symbolic tree planting ceremony organised by residents in Cross Flatts Park in Beeston on Friday. The area is close to where three of the London bombers had connections.
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Sufi Conference to be Held in Fremont

July 2, 2006

Source: Tri-Valley Herald

http://www.insidebayarea.com/trivalleyherald/localnews/ci_4005076

On July 2, 2006 Tri-Valley Herald reported, "Each Sunday evening, Ayyaz Yousaf gets together with roughly 30 to 40 people in Fremont for a spiritual gathering. Known as a zikr, this weekly session or ritual meditation begins with an opening recitation from the Quran, reading poems and prayers, and group chants in praise of the Prophet Muhammad, followed by a free...

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Tinley Park Muslim Family Receives Hate Mail

July 2, 2006

Source: Daily Southtown

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/dsnews/023abn1.htm

On July 2, 2006 the Daily Southtown reported, "Just a month after the Mashni family lost a son, it now must deal with a new kind of grief. The Tinley Park family on Thursday received an anonymous hate letter in the mail, postmarked Wednesday from the Bedford Park regional post office.

It reads, 'Muslims go home to your country. You are not welcome in our community. Is...

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