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Progressive Muslim Union of North America's Statement on the Cartoon Controversy

February 11, 2006

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

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

On February 11, 2006 Muslim Wake Up! reported, "Freedom of expression is a cardinal value in both the West and in Islam. (The Prophet never chastised his followers for challenging him, for questioning, indeed he praised people who did not let their shyness get in the way of speaking frankly. Another value, we note, that many in the Muslim world have neglected...

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Jews Speak Out Against Holocaust Denials

February 11, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4705246.stm

On February 11, 2006 BBC News reported, "The chairman of Iran's Jewish Council has strongly criticised the country's hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for saying the Holocaust was a myth. In a letter to the president, Haroun Yashayaei said the leader's remarks had shocked the international community and caused fear in Iran's Jewish community. Mr Yashayaei described the Holocaust as one of the most...

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Opinion: “Diversity of Beliefs is the American Way”

February 10, 2006

Source: ADL

http://www.adl.org/ADL_Opinions/Religious_Freedom/20060210-PalmBeachPost.htm

On February 10, 2006 the Anti-Defamation League ran an opinion piece by by Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the ADL. "Many of us are deeply committed to the religion we practice. Our faith informs many aspects of our lives. As Americans, we all share the common right, so beautifully enshrined in the Constitution by our Founding Fathers, to practice...

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In Kashmir, Muslims Allege Desecration of the Qur'an by Buddhists

February 10, 2006

Source: Reuters

http://today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=DEL151318

On February 10, 2006 Reuters reported, "Ten people including five policemen, were injured in Indian Kashmir on Friday when Muslim protesters clashed with police as trouble flared over charges that Buddhists had desecrated the Koran, authorities said. A curfew was imposed in the towns of Kargil and Leh in Kashmir's Buddhist-dominated Ladakh region, for the second day in Leh...

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Home Office Accused of Anti-Christian Bias

February 10, 2006

Source: New Kerala News

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.newkerala.com/news2.php?action=fullnews&id=7800

On February 10, 2006 the Press Trust of India reported, "A lawmaker has accused British ministers of 'anti-Christian prejudice' after figures showed that they spent more amount to celebrate festivals of ethnic communities including Hindus and Muslims than they do on Easter and Christmas. Government's...

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Opinion: "The Respect of a Cousin"

February 10, 2006

Source: The Jewish Week

http://www.thejewishweek.com/top/editletcontent.php3?artid=4825

On February 10, 2006 The Jewish Week ran an opinion piece by Edward Miller, a New York attorney who is active in efforts to reconcile Jews and Muslims. Miller commented on the controversy over a Danish newspaper's cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, "As we condemn the violence on the streets, perhaps we should take a moment to understand the hurt in the hearts of the great...

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Buddhist – Muslim Tensions Flare in Ladakh

February 10, 2006

Source: WorldWide Religious News

Wire Service: Reuters

On February 10, 2006 Reuters reported, "Ten people including five policemen, were injured in Indian Kashmir on Friday when Muslim protesters clashed with police as trouble flared over charges that Buddhists had desecrated the Koran, authorities said. A curfew was imposed in the towns of Kargil and Leh in Kashmir's Buddhist-dominated Ladakh region, for the second day in Leh. The clashes erupted on Wednesday after torn pages of the Koran were found scattered by...

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Opinion: "This is Not a Cartoon War"

February 10, 2006

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/cartoonprotests/story/0,,1706813,00.html

On February 10, 2006 The Guardian ran an opinion piece by Anas Altikriti, a former president of the Muslim Association of Britain, on the controversy over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Altikriti writes, "I don't believe we are witnessing a clash of civilisations, nor do I think such a clash is imminent or necessary. But when people of such varying backgrounds live...

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PM Calls for a Rejection of Extremism, Acceptance of Others as Equals

February 10, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4699716.stm

On February 10, 2006 BBC News reported, "Malaysia's prime minister says a huge chasm has opened between the West and Islam, fuelled by Muslim frustrations over Western foreign policy. Abdullah Badawi, seen as promoting a moderate form of Islam in largely Muslim Malaysia, said many Westerners saw Muslims as congenital terrorists. As he spoke at a conference in Kuala Lumpur, thousands...

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Muslims Host Open House, Urge Dialogue

February 10, 2006

Source: Ottawa Sun

http://ottsun.canoe.ca/News/OttawaAndRegion/2006/02/10/1434735-sun.html

On February 10, 2006 the Ottawa Sun reported, "WITH VIOLENT protests continuing to erupt around the world over cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a terrorist, a local Muslim leader wants to bring less heat and more light to a crisis that has pitted religious rights against free speech. Imam Gamal Solaiman will throw open the doors of the city's main...

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Diana Eck Comments on AAR Lawsuit Supporting Tariq Ramadan

February 9, 2006

Source: The Harvard Crimson

http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=511144

On February 9, 2006 The Harvard Crimson reported, "A prominent Harvard religion professor and Lowell House master, Diana L. Eck, is leading the American Academy of Religion (AAR) as it challenges the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department over the visa revocation of high-profile Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan.

The academy is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging...

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Interview with Tariq Ramadan: "We Have to Turn Up the Volume on Reason"

February 9, 2006

Source: Spiegel

http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,399965,00.html

On February 9, 2006 Spiegel reported, "With unrelenting Muslim anger over the Muhammad caricatures, sentiments between Islam and the West once again have all the delicacy of a powder keg. SPIEGEL ONLINE spoke with Tariq Ramadan, Europe's leading Muslim scholar, about the overreaction of the Muslim world, rampant anti-Semitism and the frustrations of Muslim immigrants in...

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