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Opinion: "I Respect Your Articles of Faith – Will You Respect Mine?"

February 16, 2006

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1710831,00.html

On February 16, 2006 The Guardian ran an opinion piece by columnist Timothy Garton Ash on the limits of religious pluralism in Malaysia. Ash writes, "At first glance I would seem to have found the holy grail of the post-9/11 world, proof positive that Islam in power can allow and even encourage a peaceful, tolerant, multicultural society [as represented by Malaysia's society]. That is...

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CAIR Launches Educational Campaign in Response to Cartoon Controversy

February 15, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/185/story_18569_1.html

On February 15, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "What would Muhammad do? That's one question the Council on American-Islamic Relations hopes to help answer as violence in some Muslim countries over unflattering cartoons of Islam's prophet continues to claim lives and fuel tensions between the Islamic and Western worlds. The Washington-based...

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Opinion: Cartoons Are "No Laughing Matter"

February 15, 2006

Source: Find Law

http://writ.news.findlaw.com/commentary/20060215_teitel.html

On February 15, 2006 Find Law ran an opinion piece by Ruti Teitel, Ernst Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School, about the debate over the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Teitel writes, "The French newspaper is not the only one taking a "free speech" perspective here: Many have taken a similar view - often invoking the American First Amendment. But taking a...

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Former Marseilles Mufti to Join Woman-Led Prayers in Toronto

February 15, 2006

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/main/archives/2006/02/french_islamic.php

On February 15, 2006 Muslim Wake Up! reported, "A leading Muslim scholar of France, the former Mufti of Marseilles, Soheib Bencheikh, will be in Toronto on Sunday, February 19, where he will address a press conference on the issue of the Danish Cartoons and the role of Muslims in Europe.

Mufti Soheib Bencheikh will also participate in the mid-day Zuhr...

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Governor Declares “Muslim Recognition Day”; Muslims Celebrate Inclusion in Iowa

February 15, 2006

Source: The Des Moines Register

http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060215/LIFE05/602150358/1045

On February 15, 2006 The Des Moines Register reported, "In the face of of worldwide Muslim outrage at Western media depictions of their most holy prophet, Muslims in Iowa are celebrating their inclusion and acceptance. Gov. Tom Vilsack has declared Feb. 15 as Muslim Recognition Day in Iowa. For the first time, members...

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African-American Muslims Have Unique Perspectives on Cartoon Controversy, Bias

February 15, 2006

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.kane15feb15,0,922008.column

On February 15, 2006 The Baltimore Sun reported, "In a rear room of a stately old house at the far end of West North Avenue, about 30 Muslims gathered for Friday prayer service.

The congregation was made up of black Americans. A young black man in dreadlocks walked to the front of the room and sang the opening prayer in Arabic. The Muslims...

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Tariq Ramadan, "Europe's Muslim of Choice"

February 15, 2006

Source: Deutsche Welle

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,1902896,00.html

On February 15, 2006 Deutsche Welle reported, "He's the man EU officials and journalists alike seek out when Islam and Western Europe don't see eye-to-eye. Muslim intellectual Tariq Ramadan has been in demand again recently. There may not be a Muslim intellectual more popular at the moment than Tariq Ramadan. If he's not holding lectures in French suburbs in front of excited young...

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Extremist Hindus and Muslims Protest Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/14/AR2006021400526.html

On February 14, 2006 Reuters reported, "Hardline Hindu groups and radical Muslims burned Valentine's Day greeting cards and held sporadic protests on Tuesday across India against celebrating the festival of love saying it was a Western import that spread immorality. Saint...

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Speed-Dating with Chaperones: "Halal Dating"

February 14, 2006

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0214/p09s01-coop.html?s=hns

On February 14, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "American-Muslims have begun to move on from traditional forms of meeting their spouses to something more practical, more American. The latest trend in Islamic matchmaking is through halal dating. Halal dating, like speed dating, has now become part of the American-Muslim social fabric. When done in a...

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Organizers of Prayer Breakfast Issue Apology but Retain Controversial Speaker

February 14, 2006

Source: The Idaho Statesman

http://www.idahostatesman.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060214/NEWS01/602140345/1002

On February 14, 2006 The Idaho Statesman reported, "Organizers of the March 4 Idaho State Prayer Breakfast apologized Monday for anti-Muslim comments made by one of their colleagues, but said they will not replace their planned guest speaker. Hormoz Shariat will be featured at the breakfast despite criticism and calls...

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Religious Leaders from 17 Countries Call for Calm in Cartoon Issue

February 14, 2006

Source: Xinhua

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-02/14/content_4179787.htm

On February 14, 2006 Xinhua reported, "Amid worldwide outrageous reactions of Muslims against the controversial publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, religious leaders from East Asia gathered here recently and declared the necessity of tolerance among people in the world.

One hundred fifty-nine leaders representing ten religions from 17 countries in the...

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