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Religious Hate Bill Faces Late Rebellion

June 21, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/homeaffairs/story/0,11026,1511254,00.html

On June 21, 2005 The Guardian reported, "The government faces a backbench rebellion tonight on one of its flagship manifesto pledges, when MPs vote on whether to create a new offence of 'inciting religious hatred.' Twenty-five Labour MPs rebelled when the measure was last put before parliament. Now, with Labour's majority reduced to 68 at the election, and...

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Muslims Killed in South as Violence Continues

June 21, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AFP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20050621/wl_asia_afp/thailandsouthunresttoll_050621045240

On June 21, 2005 Agence France-Presse reported, "Suspected separatists shot dead three Muslim men, including one found clutching a Koran, in the latest killings in violence-plagued southern Thailand, police said.

Five suspected militants stormed a house in Pattani province...

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Update: French Imam, Tried in Absentia, Cleared of All Charges

June 21, 2005

Source: Las Vegas Sun

Wire Service: AP

http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/w-eur/2005/jun/21/062107668.html

On June 21, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A Muslim cleric who condoned wife-beating in a widely publicized interview that alarmed the government last year was cleared of criminal charges on Tuesday.

Abdelkader Bouziane, whose comments prompted the government to expel him to his native...

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Muslim-Hindu Wedding A Glimmer of Hope in Kashmir

June 21, 2005

Source: Outlook India

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=305744

On June 21, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "The lone pandit of Mattan town in Anantnag district of south Kashmir is a relieved man today, his daughter married off with a helping hand from Muslim neighbours. 'They not only decorated my house for the bridegroom's reception, but made each and every arrangement including "rangoli" (typical of...

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Update: After Adelanto Arson, Teens Arrested for Shooting and Burning Mosque Ruins

June 20, 2005

Source: Daily Press Newspaper

http://www.vvdailypress.com/2005/111927395764334.html

On June 20, 2005 the Daily Press Newspaper reported, "Two Victorville teens were arrested Sunday afternoon on suspicion of shooting and burning what remained of a mosque that was burned earlier this month. Allan Pichel, 18, was booked into the Victor Valley jail on suspicion of arson and felony vandalism. The 16-year-old who was with Pichel was booked into the West Valley Juvenile...

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Association of Imams in Philadelphia Launches Initiative Against Domestic Violence

June 19, 2005

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/11914551.htm

On June 19, 2005 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, "The clergy council known as the Majlis Ash'Shura of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley has adopted a tough policy of public shunning of Muslims who abuse their spouses or abandon their families.

Under the initiative, adopted last month, offenders will go on a list circulated among area Muslims. They will be banned from future...

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Opinion: Religious Hatred Bill Crosses Line, Too Careless in Curtailing Freedom of Expression

June 19, 2005

Source: The Observer

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,6903,1509735,00.html

On June 19, 2005 The Observer ran an opinion piece by Will Hutton on the reintroduced religious hatred bill. Hutton writes, "[T]he Racial and Religious Hatred Bill has been reintroduced, a seemingly more than justified response to [protect Muslims from abuse]...It all sounds extremely reasonable, but it isn't. It has crossed another line that is no less dangerous in...

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Update: In LA, a Muslim Town Hall Meeting Discusses Woman-Led Prayer

June 19, 2005

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/main/archives/2005/06/as_you_are_you.php

On June 19, 2005 Muslim Wake Up! reported, "Since the March 18th prayer led by Amina Wadud in New York and co-sponsored by muslimwakeup.com and the Muslim Women’s Freedom Tour, the Muslim community’s excitement, confusion, and even outrage led the Progressive Muslim Union of North America (PMU), which endorsed the prayer, to take two concrete actions...

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In Plainfield, ISNA's Summer Leadership Institute Trains Muslim Leaders

June 18, 2005

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050618/LIVING/506180338/1007/LIVING

On June 18, 2005 The Indianapolis Star reported, "At the Plainfield headquarters of the Islamic Society of North America, about a dozen current and aspiring Muslim leaders from around the country have been attending what amounts to summer school for imams. Aside from imams, Muslim religious teachers, the class also...

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Opinion: Muslims Welcomed More in America Than in Europe

June 18, 2005

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/points/stories/061905dnedisalam.218fea50.html

On June 18, 2005 The Dallas Morning News ran an opinion piece by Reihan Salam, a writer based in Washington, D.C., in which he argues that Muslims in America have flourished with less discrimination and violence than Muslims in Europe. Salam writes, "Suspicions about Islam after Sept. 11...

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Allegations of Unequal Restrictions on Muslim Cadets at Air Force Academy Surface

June 17, 2005

Source: Rocky Mountain News

http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/state/article/0,1299,DRMN_21_3862347,00.html

On June 17, 2005 the Rocky Mountain News reported, "Muslim cadets at the Air Force Academy were prevented from attending mosque services last semester because of school obligations, while similar duties were scheduled to avoid conflict with Jewish and Christian services, a Muslim student says. The issue of unequal treatment for the...

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Andhra Pradesh to Reserve Jobs for Muslims in Education and Government

June 17, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4104818.stm

On June 17, 2005 BBC News reported, "The government in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is to reserve 5% of jobs in education and government for the Muslim minority.

The state cabinet took the decision on Friday in light of the findings of a special commission.

Hardline Hindus had opposed the policy when it was floated last year and a court that was hearing their...

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Editorial: Burned Qur'ans are an Attack on American Values, Not Just on Islam

June 17, 2005

Source: The Roanoke Times

http://www.roanoke.com/editorials/25562.html

On June 17, 2005 the editorial of The Roanoke Times commented on the report of burned Qur'ans at the Islamic Center of Blacksburg [Virginia]. The Times writes, "Burned Qurans are in line with an ugly, intolerant nativism creeping into U.S. discourse.

Hate crime or not, the deposit of a bagful of burned Qurans on the steps of the Islamic Center of Blacksburg was an act of profound contempt...

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