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Unifying Across Ethnic Lines, Muslims Gather in Protest and Make Plea for Tolerance

February 18, 2006

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/newyork/nyc-nyprot184631969feb18,0,1993863.story

On February 18, 2006 Newsday reported, "An estimated 1,500 to 2,000 Muslims protested peacefully across from the Danish Consulate in Manhattan Friday in the largest U.S. rally to date against a Danish newspaper's decision to publish caricatures of the prophet Muhammad.

'We have to restrain our anger,' urged Imam Siraj...

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Amartya Sen Critical of Britain’s Religious Identity Politics and "Plural Monoculturalism"

February 18, 2006

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,,1712446,00.html

On February 18, 2006 The Guardian reported, "Nobel-winning economist Amartya Sen's... concerns have outgrown those of economics to dwell on questions of democracy and culture. In the light of the recent furores over Islam and multiculturalism, Sen has written a new book, Identity and Violence, to be published in this country in July, which will take a trenchantly critical look at...

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Italian Minister Resigns After Cartoon T-Shirt Prompts Deadly Riots

February 18, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4727606.stm

On February 18, 2006 BBC News reported, "The Italian reform minister who angered Muslims by wearing a T-shirt decorated with Western media cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad has resigned. Roberto Calderoli stepped down a day after rioting outside the Italian consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi led to at least 10 deaths. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had also urged him to go. The...

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Opinion: "Enlightened Values"

February 18, 2006

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/cartoonprotests/story/0,,1712408,00.html

On February 18, 2006 The Guardian ran an opinion piece by Francesca Klug, a professorial research fellow at the London School of Economics, about the controversy over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Klug writes, "Confusion and obfuscation have clouded every element of this morass. Torrid debates about the right to mock belief systems versus the...

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FBI Investigating Threatening Note to Pomona Mosque

February 18, 2006

Source: NBC4-TV

http://www.nbc4.tv/news/7198766/detail.html%3Ehttp://www.nbc4.tv/news/7198766/detail.html

On February 18, 2006 NBC4-TV reported, "The FBI is investigating a flyer found in a Pomona mosque, threatening to 'kill every last one of you,' an agency official said Saturday. The flyer was left at the Islamic Center of Claremont in Pomona on Feb. 3, according to Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council of American-...

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Opinion: "Believers are at Home in a Secular Society"

February 18, 2006

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3933-2045557,00.html

On February 18, 2006 The Times ran an opinion piece by Rabbi Tony Bayfield, head of the Movement for Reform Judaism. In response to the recent cartoon controversies and hostilities among faith groups, Bayfield writes about the idea of secularism as a "dialogue partner" in interfaith work. He comments, "I would argue that, frightening and humbling though secularisation has been, it is...

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Second Major March Against Cartoons in London

February 18, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4726472.stm

On February 18, 2006 BBC News reported, "Muslims have held their biggest rally so far in the UK in protest at cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad. Police said 10,000 people gathered in Trafalgar Square before marching to Hyde Park. No arrests were made. The London march was led by the Muslim Action Committee - an umbrella body for mosques and community groups. It is the third consecutive weekend of demonstrations...

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Rev. Lobenstine: Printing Cartoons Like Shouting Fire in a Crowded Theatre

February 17, 2006

Source: CNSNews.com

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=Culturearchive200602CUL20060217b.html

On February 17, 2006 CNSNews.com reported, "Cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Mohammed in a negative light were so offensive to Muslims around the world that their publication was tantamount to yelling "fire" in a crowded theater, according to a participant at a panel discussion sponsored by the Council for American Islamic Relations....

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Palestinian Americans Push for Separation of Religion and Government

February 17, 2006

Source: The Forward

http://www.forward.com/articles/7358

On February 17, 2006 The Forward reported, "Palestinian American activists are vowing to lobby Hamas against turning the West Bank and Gaza into an Islamic theocracy.

Anxious about the victory of the Islamic fundamentalist group in last month's Palestinian parliamentary elections, Palestinian American leaders say that they will push for laws favoring American-style church-state separation, pluralism, equality and...

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Editorial: State Prayer Breakfast Should Unite, Not Divide

February 17, 2006

Source: Idaho Public Television/Spokane Spokesman-Review

http://www.idahoptv.org/idreports/showEditorial.cfm?StoryID=20037

On February 17, 2006 the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported, "For a group dedicated to bringing people of faith together to pray for society and government officials, the Idaho Prayer Fellowship has stubbed its toe. Rather than focus on prayers and blessing, the group that sponsors the Idaho State Prayer Breakfast has stirred religious...

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Opinion: �Loving Our Neighbour?�

February 17, 2006

Source: The Church of England Newspaper

http://www.churchnewspaper.com/news.php?read=on&number_key=5807&title=Loving%20our%20neighbour?

On February 17, 2006 The Church of England Newspaper ran an opinion piece by The Rev Canon Dr Andrew Wingate, Director of St Philip’s Centre for Study and Engagement in a Multi-Faith Society and Bishop’s Inter-Faith Adviser, Leicester, on the controversy over cartoons of the...

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Opinion: “Islam Remains a Key to Detroit’s History”

February 17, 2006

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060217/OPINION01/602170308/1007/OPINION

On February 17, 2006 The Detroit News ran an opinion piece by Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Michigan. "Rarely do we equate Black History Month with the Islamic movement in the United States. In fact, Islam and the history of African-Americans in Detroit have a stronger...

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Struggles and Solutions as St. Paul Charter School Teaches Art to Muslim Students

February 17, 2006

Source: Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/living/education/13891898.htm

On February 17, 2006 the Pioneer Press reported, "As violent protests over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad continue around the world, a St. Paul charter school is quietly negotiating the delicate question of how to teach art to Muslims. Any depiction of God and his prophets is considered offensive under Islam, and disrespectful representations are even...

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