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Idaho Governor Joins Hundreds at Controversial Prayer Breakfast

March 4, 2006

Source: KBCI TV

http://www2.kbcitv.com/x70578.xml

On March 4, 2006 KBCI TV reported, "Hundreds of people turned out Saturday morning for the annual Idaho State Prayer Breakfast. This year the event stirred controversy because organizers invited Dr. Hormoz Shariat, a pastor who believes followers of Islam are evil, to serve as keynote speaker. Earlier this week 14 religious leaders sent a letter to Governor Dirk Kempthorne urging him not to attend the breakfast, but the governor...

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Building Bridges Between Muslims and Christians in Pasco County

March 4, 2006

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/03/04/Pasco/Muslims_help_Christia.shtml

On March 4, 2006 the St. Petersburg Times reported, "The folks at St. James the Apostle Catholic Church chatted Thursday night about the Muslim prophet Mohammed, Allah and the five pillars of Islam. A man belted out a melodious Arabic call to prayer. Then Father Dennis Hughes accepted a Koran as a token of a newly cemented friendship. It was all part of a...

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Sunnis Help Rebuild Shi'ite Golden Mosque

March 3, 2006

Source: The Independent

http://independent-bangladesh.com/news/mar/03/03032006fr.htm

On March 3, 2006 The Independent reported, "In a gesture of goodwill, Iraqi Sunnis in the northern city of Samarra are working tirelessly to rebuild the Golden Mosque, one of the holiest Shiite shrines which was devastated in an odious explosion last week. 'The initiative came soon after the explosion in solidarity with our Shiite brothers,' Abu Oqba Al-Samarrai told...

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Opinion: "The Rage Game, Rethinking Muslim Methods"

March 3, 2006

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/main/archives/2006/03/the_rage_game_r.php

On March 3, 2006 Muslim Wake Up! ran an opinion piece by Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad, an imam and freelance writer on the East Coast (USA), on the recent cartoon controversy. Ahmad writes, "Anyone who hasn’t capitalized on the recent malicious caricature portrayal of the Prophet (SAWS) to express their outrage, promote their organization, get their name in...

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Muslim Cemetery Vandalized

March 3, 2006

Source: The Muslim News

http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/news/news.php?article=10730

On March 3, 2006 The Muslim News reported, "Unknown vandals desecrated a four-century-old Muslim cemetery in a Bosnian Serb town, destroying more than 20 gravestones, AFP quoted police as saying on Saturday.

The incident occurred at the cemetery in the northern town of Banja Luka overnight Thursday, police said.

'The attack on these tombstones, some of which date...

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Islamic Society Offers End to Defamation Suit, Asks for Mediation

March 3, 2006

Source: Boston Herald

Wire Service: AP

http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=128899

On March 3, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "An Islamic society that sued for defamation after local news outlets linked it and its stalled mosque project to anti-Semitic extremists offered Friday to stop litigation in exchange for private mediation. They made the offer to the defendants’ attorneys on...

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Archbishop of Canterbury Speaks Out for Religious Tolerance

March 3, 2006

Source: The Church of England Newspaper

http://www.churchnewspaper.com/news.php?read=on&number_key=5809&title=Archbishops%20Sudan%20plea%20for%20tolerance

On March 3, 2006 The Church of England Newspaper reported, "A passionate appeal for tolerance towards religious minorities in Sudan was issued on his first visit to the country by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Williams this week. Dr Williams’...

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Two European Muslim Views on Identity, Islam and Democracy

March 2, 2006

Source: Open Democracy

http://www.opendemocracy.net/faith-europe_islam/belonging_3317.jsp

On March 2, 2006 Open Democracy reported, "Zakaria Hamidi is surprised at how many 'Dutch people' have come along to the first public debate in Rotterdam organised by New Horizon, a newly-launched platform for discussion focusing on Islam in the Netherlands. Over 800 of us are packed in serried rows into a big conference hall in Erasmus University on a Friday night,...

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Glenview Planning Commission Approves Plans for Ismaili House of Worship

March 2, 2006

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2006-03-02/news/0603020304_1_ismailis-muslim-build

On March 2, 2006 the Chicago Tribune reported, "Despite opposition from hundreds of residents who cited traffic concerns, the Glenview Plan Commission recommended approving a Muslim house of worship in the North Shore community, officials said Wednesday. The commission's 4-2 vote came Tuesday night after members of the...

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Opinion: "Leading the Mufti: Progress in the Islamic Tradition"

March 2, 2006

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/main/archives/2006/03/leading_the_muf.php

On March 2, 2006 Muslim Wake Up! ran an article by Pamela Taylor, co-chair of the Progressive Muslim Union of North America and acting director of the Islamic Writers Alliance, in which she comments on the growing support for women imams in some Muslim circles. Taylor writes, "It’s not often that one is asked to lead a grand mufti in prayer. Especially...

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Staffordshire Churches Condemn Reprinting of Cartoons, Anti-Mosque Stance of British National Party

March 2, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/staffordshire/4766472.stm

On March 2, 2006 BBC News reported, "Staffordshire's church leaders have condemned the British National Party for distributing leaflets depicting a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad. A Diocese of Lichfield spokesman said the 5,000 leaflets also criticised plans for a mosque in Stoke-on-Trent.

The BNP had offered the local council �100,000 for the land in Hanley which was...

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Interfaith Leaders Ask Governor to Boycott Prayer Breakfast

March 2, 2006

Source: KBCI TV

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11648451/from/RL.1/

On March 2, 2006 KBCI TV reported, "Despite a letter from local religious leaders urging him to stay away, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne says he will attend Saturday's State Prayer Breakfast as he has in the past... The local religious leaders urge the governor not to attend Saturday's Idaho State Prayer Breakfast because they say keynote Pastor Hormoz Shariat's primary mission 'is to convert Muslims to Christianity...

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Rushdie, Other Writers Issue Joint Statement Against "Religious Totalitarianism"

March 1, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4763520.stm

On March 1, 2006 BBC News reported, "Salman Rushdie is among a dozen writers to have put their names to a statement in a French weekly paper warning against Islamic 'totalitarianism'. The writers say the violence sparked by the publication of cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad shows the need to fight for secular values and freedom. The statement is published in Charlie Hebdo, one of several...

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