Islam

ALCU Sues Government to Allow Muslim Scholar to Enter U.S

January 25, 2006

Source: ABC News

Wire Service: AP

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1539722

On January 25, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "The ACLU sued the federal government Wednesday for blocking a Muslim scholar from entering the United States, arguing that the government should not use anti-terrorism laws as 'instruments of censorship.' The lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in U.S. District Court sought to open the way for...

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Muslim American Society Leader Speaks at World Economic Forum

January 25, 2006

Source: U.S. Newswire

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=59785

On January 25, 2006 a U.S. Newswire press release reported, "Muslim American Society (MAS) Freedom Foundation Executive Director Mahdi Bray arrived Jan. 24 in Davos, Switzerland, as an invited speaker to the World Economic Forum. The Forum, which hosts world leaders, academicians, activists and economists, focuses on measures to redress balance in the global economy. MAS Freedom will join...

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Authorities Crackdown on Serving Pork Soup to Homeless Population on Religious Grounds

January 25, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4644766.stm

On January 25, 2006 BBC News reported, "Charity groups with far-right links serving pork soup to homeless people face a crackdown by French officials. Protesters have accused the groups of deliberate discrimination against Jews and Muslims, who do not eat the meat.

Strasbourg officials have banned the hand-outs and police in Paris have closed soup kitchens in an effort to avert racial...

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A Hindu and Muslim Reflect on Living in a Majority Christian Country

January 25, 2006

Source: FortWayne.com/Knight Ridder Newspapers

[fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/living/13707143.htm]

On January 25, 2006 Knight Ridder Newspapers ran a feature article on non-Christians living in a predominantly Christian country. A Hindu (Arvind Khetia) and a Muslim (Rushdy El-Ghussein) both express their opinions. "Arvind Khetia, engineer and a Hindu [states,] 'People from all over the world come to America for freedom and opportunity... The freedom of religion guaranteed by the American Constitution has created a secular...

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After Overcoming Many Obstacles, Howard County Mosque Soon to Open

January 25, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/25/AR2006012501029.html

On January 25, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "After nearly a decade of zoning battles, massive fundraising efforts and fervent prayers, the multimillion-dollar mosque for Howard County's burgeoning Muslim community is nearing completion. The 24,000-square-foot building sits on nearly seven wooded acres on Route 108 in...

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ACLU Speaks Out Against Retrying Al-Arian

January 25, 2006

Source: Oracle

http://www.usforacle.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2006/01/25/43d772a6e9aa5

On January 25, 2006 the Oracle reported, "Taking its first public stance on the terror-conspiracy trial of Sami Al-Arian, the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday urged the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida to dismiss the nine charges remaining against the former USF [University of Southern Florida] professor. In a...

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Influential Muslim Cleric Mourned in London

January 24, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4643942.stm

On January 24, 2006 BBC News reported, "Prince Charles and Tony Blair are among leading figures to have paid tribute to one of the UK's most influential Muslim clerics, Zaki Badawi, who has died. He was principal of the Muslim College in Britain and called for Muslims to engage fully with life in the country. Mr Blair described him as 'a wonderful mix of spirituality and practicality', while the prince said his death was...

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British Muslim Leader Will Not Face Charges for Anti-Gay Comments

January 24, 2006

Source: Gay.com

http://uk.gay.com/headlines/9516

On January 24, 2006 Gay.com reported, "The leader of the Muslim Council of Britain will not face any charges over comments he made that accused gay people of spreading disease and civil partnerships as 'harmful'... He added that his beliefs were reflected by other religious leaders... The Metropolitan Police launched an inquiry after members of the public complained about the comments. They said the comments were offensive and homophobic....

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Muslim Cultural Diversity Festival Refuses Participation of Gay and Lesbian Group

January 23, 2006

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,,1692804,00.html

On January 23, 2006 The Guardian reported, "A national festival to promote Muslim culture which is being partly funded by the government has refused to stage an event designed to highlight the lives and experiences of gays and lesbians. Prince Charles will open the Festival of Muslim Cultures in Sheffield tomorrow and over the next 18 months events will take place across the country...

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National Call-In Day Urges Repair of the Patriot Act

January 23, 2006

Source: Yahoo! News/Bill of Rights Defense Committee

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060123/nym134.html

On January 23, 2006 a Bill of Rights Defense Committee Press Release reported, "Tens of thousands of Americans will phone their members of Congress on Wednesday, January 25, to urge them to repair the USA PATRIOT Act. The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) organized the National Call-In Day in response to a draft PATRIOT Act reauthorization bill that its network of...

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Northwest Austin Islamic Center Vandalized

January 23, 2006

Source: KXAN.com

http://www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=4395347&nav=0s3d

On January 23, 2006 KXAN.com reported, "[The Islamic Ahlul Bayt Association in Northwest Austin was vandalized] between 12:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Someone knocked down the basketball hoops and positioned them to block the gate. They also threw bricks and some portable weights into the driveway. Then, the vandals re-arranged the letters on the Islamic Center’s marquee. The culprits...

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Hindu American Foundation Comments on Indian-American Response to California Textbooks in India Abroad

January 23, 2006

Source: Hindu American Foundation

[hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_letters_india_abroad_textbook.htm]

On January 23, 2006 the Hindu American Foundation's Suhag A. Shukla composed a letter to the editor of India Abroad regarding the current controversy over the content of history textbooks for Californian sixth graders. "While attacks [on the textbook contents] from non-Hindu academics with no expertise in Hinduism, and whose careers have been consumed by advocating pre-modern theories now engulfed by debate, were...

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Organization Promotes Religious Pluralism

January 22, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2006/01/22/defeating_islamist_extremism/

On January 22, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "With 200 million residents, Indonesia is the world's largest Muslim nation, and [Abdurrahman] Wahid -- popularly known as Gus Dur -- was not only its first democratically elected president but the longtime chairman of its largest Muslim...

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CAIR Delegation to Iraq Pleads for Journalist’s Release

January 21, 2006

Source: USA Today

Wire Service: AP

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2006-01-21-journalist-hostage_x.htm

On January 21, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Representatives of a U.S. Muslim advocacy group joined in appealing Saturday for the release of American journalist Jill Carroll as a deadline set by kidnappers passed with no word on her fate. At least 12 Iraqis died in bombings and shootings nationwide...

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