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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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Muslim Graves Desecrated; Danish PM Strongly Condemns "Disgraceful Act"

February 13, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/12/AR2006021201087.html

On February 13, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "About 25 Muslim graves in western Denmark were vandalized late Saturday night, bringing swift condemnation from Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen as tensions simmer from a Danish newspaper's publication last year of cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

'I...

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Opinion: "Muslims and the West: A Culture War?"

February 13, 2006

Source: Gallup Poll News Service

http://poll.gallup.com/content/?ci=21454

On February 13, 2006 the Gallup Poll News Service issued a guest commentary piece by John L. Esposito, University Professor at Georgetown University and author of "What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam and Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam." Esposito comments on the recent controversy over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, "What we are witnessing today has little to do with Western democratic values...

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American Muslims Offer Europeans Model of Integration, Toleration

February 13, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F70915FD395A0C708DDDAB0894DE404482

On February 13, 2006 The New York Times reported, "As the crisis over the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad flared over the last two weeks, leaders of several American Muslim groups began working quietly to try to mediate between European Muslims and the West. The leaders -- representing three national organizations and two...

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Response of US Muslims to Cartoons Reflects Assimilation, Tolerance

February 13, 2006

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newjersey/ny-bc-nj--prophetdrawings-n0213feb13,0,5448808.story

On February 13, 2006 Newsday reported, "While satirical cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a terrorist have drawn violent responses overseas leading to rioting and deaths, American Muslims say the more muted response in this country is due to a combination of factors, including greater...

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Opinion: "Drawing Fire and Blood: Free Speech and Religion"

February 12, 2006

Source: First Amendment Center Press Release

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=16451

On February 12, 2006 a First Amendment Center Press Release issued an opinion piece by Paul K. McMasters, First Amendment ombudsman at the First Amendment Center, on the controversy over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. McMasters writes, "For their part, Western leaders' initial response to the violence and protests by government [in Muslim countries] was...

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Government Reiterates Concern about Cartoons, Emphasizes Commitment to Tolerance

February 12, 2006

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hindu.com/2006/02/12/stories/2006021214680100.htm

On February 12, 2006 The Hindu reported, "The [Indian] government on Saturday expressed 'deep concern' over the growing controversy on the publication of Prophet Muhammad cartoons in a Danish newspaper and some European dailies. A statement said India expressed its outrage in October last itself to the Danish government and suggested that apologies be sought and assurances obtained...

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Moderate Muslims: Battle Social Issues, Not Cartoons

February 12, 2006

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11171517/from/RL.2/

On February 12, 2006 MSNBC reported, "Muslim protests across the world condemning cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad are driven by fears Islam is under attack, and by the fact that it is easier to protest than to battle tough social issues, moderate Muslims say.

From disputes over wearing headscarves to desecration of the Koran, many Muslims worry over what they they see as onslaughts of the West, but...

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