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British Boy Scouts Have Expanded Options in Pledge, Including "Allah" and "My Dharma"

June 12, 2005

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1650843,00.html

On June 12, 2005 The Times reported, "Now, after a century, the Scout Association has ditched its traditional pledge of loyalty 'to God and to the Queen' in favour of a series of multicultural options. Muslim Scouts can opt to swear to Allah, while atheists can drop God altogether and budding republicans can pledge themselves to the state rather than the monarch. The pledge is taken...

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Internal Inquiry Finds that Muslim Transportation Employee Victim of Harassment

June 12, 2005

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2005/wayne/0506/12/D04-212809.htm

On June 12, 2005 The Detroit News reported, "a former employee is suing the state Department of Transportation, alleging he was subjected to verbal harassment about his Muslim faith -- the sort of workplace behavior that civil rights advocates assert has become all too common. In his court filing, construction engineer Mohammad Sani and his lawyer, Shereef Akeel, of Birmingham say...

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Update: NC Church Splits from Baptist Conventions After Controversial Sign Posted

June 11, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20050610-113611-9224r.htm

On June 11, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A church whose pastor was criticized last month for displaying a sign calling for the Koran to be 'flushed' has withdrawn from the Southern Baptist Convention. Pastor Creighton Lovelace did not immediately return calls yesterday, but in a phone message left at his church in...

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South Asian Muslim Scholars Tour U.S., Find Hope to Heal Divisions

June 11, 2005

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs11jun11,1,1425967.story?page=1

On June 11, 2005 the Los Angeles Times reported, "When they arrived for a monthlong visit last month, some South Asian Muslim scholars brought with them these perceptions of the United States: It was a country ruled by the FBI, the CIA and the Pentagon. It was a place where Muslims are routinely persecuted. It was a society of...

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In Toledo, Multifaith Habitat Build Includes Hindus, Muslims

June 11, 2005

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050611/NEWS10/506110387

On June 11, 2005 The Toledo Blade reported, "one home is finished and a second is well on its way as volunteers from two multifaith groups help build houses for the Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity. Dedication services are scheduled for 1 and 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, with a potluck block party at 3:30 p.m., at 1030 Gribbin Lane in West Toledo. It...

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Islamic Center of America in Dearborn Site of Rally for Religious Tolerance

June 11, 2005

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/religion/koran11e_20050611.htm

On June 11, 2005 the Detroit Free Press reported, "For many Michigan Muslims, the abuse of the Koran at Guantanamo Bay isn't just an affront to Islam: It's also an insult to America's tradition of tolerance. So on Friday, they rallied alongside Christians and Jews, whites and blacks, on the steps of the newly opened Islamic Center of America mosque in Dearborn. Under the glaring...

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In Lodi, Mayor Meets with Muslim Community to Ease Tensions

June 10, 2005

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/world/11861850.htm

On June 10, 2005 the Contra Costa Times reported, "Federal agents continue to fan across this small rural city suddenly thrust in the spotlight of a high-profile terrorism probe, drawing sharp rebuke from some leaders of the Muslim community who say the FBI is spreading fear with aggressive tactics. Lodi Mayor John Beckman and other city officials met with...

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Allentown Church Converted to Mosque, Confirms Growth of Muslim Community

June 10, 2005

Source: The Morning Call

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-b1_5mosquejun10,0,5470599.story

On June 10, 2005 The Morning Call reported, "a longtime Allentown church is experiencing new life as an Islamic center. Built in 1889, Trinity United Church of Christ at 1109 Linden St. hosted a thriving congregation that dwindled in modern times. A nondenominational Christian ministry called New Creations Family Worship Center bought the stately brick building...

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Sacks and Iqbal Knighted, Leaders of Jewish and Muslim Communities

June 10, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4081534.stm

On June 10, 2005 BBC News reported, "Two leaders of the UK's Jewish and Muslim communities have been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Dr Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi, and Iqbal Sacranie, head of the Muslim Council of Britain, welcomed the recognition on behalf of their faiths. Both men have been at the forefront of promoting their respective communities. Dr Sacks has been chief rabbi since 1991 while Mr...

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Opinion: Anti-Hate Bill Will Promote, Not Prevent, Hatred

June 10, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,2763,1503474,00.html

On June 10, 2005 The Guardian ran an opinion piece by Polly Toynbee on the re-introduced religious hatred bill in the U.K. legislature. Toynbee writes, "This bill is not 'closing a loophole' as Labour claims, but marches right into dangerous new terrain. Here is an example: it is now illegal to describe an ethnic group as feeble-minded. But under this law I couldn't call...

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British Muslim Author Illustrates the Importance of Religious Identity

June 10, 2005

Source: The Observer

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,1499353,00.html

On June 10, 2005 The Observer reported, "[Novelist Leila] Aboulela offers a very different portrayal of Muslim women in London from that in Monica Ali's Brick Lane. Rather than yearning to embrace Western culture, Aboulela's women seek solace in their growing religious identity. It was only in Britain, where she came to study for her PhD, that she began to feel able to...

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Terror Probe Continues in Lodi

June 10, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5064920,00.html

On June 10, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "Federal authorities aren't saying much about their terrorism investigation in nearby Lodi but are making two things crystal clear: Their work in the farming town has been going on for years - and it's not over yet. They denied the implication by some members of Lodi's large Pakistani community that the probe...

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