Islam

Immigrant and Indigenous Islamic Centers Vary in the Bay Area

June 9, 2005

Source: The Argus

http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_2792119

On June 9, 2005 The Argus reported, "for many Americans, mosques can be a mystery. Several Bay Area communities might be used to seeing men with beards and women with their heads covered walking into transformed store fronts or office buildings. But few probably know what goes on inside the Islamic houses of worship. In the wake of at least five Lodi men, including two imams, being detained...

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Religious Hatred Bill Reintroduced

June 9, 2005

Source: 4NI

http://www.4ni.co.uk/nationalnews.asp?id=41389

On June 9, 2005 4NI reported, "The government has published a bill aimed at protecting individuals from religious hatred. The Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, which is being reintroduced to Parliament today, would protect members of all faiths from incited hatred. The Bill would create a new offence of Incitement to Religious Hatred, which would carry a maximum penalty of seven years in jail. The government says...

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Jewish Pilgrimage to Synagogue in Arab Country Sends Message of Tolerance and Reconciliation

June 8, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/world/20050607-101657-4478r.htm

On June 8, 2005 The Washington Times reported, "They came from three continents to the festival of El Ghriba, one of Judaism's oldest synagogues, which has survived wars, pirate raids and a terrorist attack three years ago by an al Qaeda fanatic. 'El Ghriba has always been miraculous,' a bearded patriarch in a flowing robe explained amid the chant of Talmudic prayers in the...

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In Gwent, Muslim Graves Desecrated

June 7, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/4070382.stm

On June 7, 2005 BBC News reported, "Twenty-five Muslim headstones have been desecrated in an attack being treated by police as racially-motivated.

Gwent Police are investigating the incident at St Woolos Church, Newport.

Police said the headstones in the Muslim area of the graveyard were pushed over on Friday morning, causing 'considerable structural damage.'

Officers have stepped...

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At the National Cathedral, an Interfaith Event Calls for the End of Hunger

June 7, 2005

Source: National Council of Churches News Service

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/050608EndHunger.html

On June 7, 2005 the National Council of Churches News Service reported, "With fervor and conviction, religious leaders from Jewish, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Muslim, Sikh and Buddhist traditions, urged more than 1,000 participants in yesterday’s first Interfaith Convocation on Hunger at the Washington National Cathedral to advocate for the end of hunger in the...

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Persecution of Christians Denied by Saudi Officials, Citing Islamic Tolerance

June 7, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050608/ap_on_re_mi_ea/saudi_christians

On June 7, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A Saudi official denied allegations that the kingdom has arrested and tortured Christians, saying such actions run counter to Islamic tolerance. The remarks to the official Saudi Press Agency came in response to reports in Iranian papers of recent arrests. The official,...

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Opinion: Rejection of EU Constitution Linked to Fear of the "Green Tide" of Islam

June 7, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/06/07/the_war_against_islam/

On June 7, 2005 The Boston Globe ran a column by James Carroll in which he discussed the rejection of the EU Constitution. Carroll writes, "Among the factors leading to the French and Dutch rejections of the European constitution last week, none looms more ominously than the nightmare of antagonism...

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No Evidence Found to Indicate that San Bernardino Mosque Fire a Hate Crime

June 6, 2005

Source: San Bernardino County Sun

http://www.sbsun.com/Stories/0,1413,208~12588~2907484,00.html

On June 6, 2005 the San Bernardino County Sun reported, "the fire that leveled a rural mosque here was not fueled by the flames of hatred, authorities said Monday. 'There is no evidence it was a hate crime,' said Robin Haynal, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, which is investigating with the help of the county Fire Department and FBI. '...

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Justice Minister Urges that Women Wearing Burkas Should Be Fined

June 6, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/italy/story/0,12576,1500012,00.html

On June 6, 2005 The Guardian reported, "Women wearing burkas in Italy should be reported to the police and fined, Silvio Berlusconi's justice minister said at the weekend. Roberto Castelli said the garment was at odds with an Italian law that forbids masks.

The burka is rare, though not unknown, in Italy. But commentators yesterday noted that the minister's ruling...

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Following Pentagon’s Report of Qur'an Descration, MPAC Calls for Congressional Inquiry

June 5, 2005

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council press release

http://app.e2ma.net/app/view:CampaignPublic/id:2785.97779893

On June 5, 2005 a Muslim Public Affairs Council press release reported, "It is clear in the hearts and minds of Muslims worldwide, including American Muslims, that a segment of our military finds profaning all things Islamic as an acceptable tactic in fighting the war on terror... MPAC is calling on Congress to establish a national commission to...

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Scottish Muslims Say Culture of Drinking a Barrier to Integration

June 5, 2005

Source: Sunday Herald

http://www.sundayherald.com/50159

On June 5, 2005 the Sunday Herald reported, "Young Muslim men born in Scotland do not feel completely Scottish because they believe the prevailing drinking culture excludes them... The belief among male Muslims aged 16-25 that drinking alcohol and going to nightclubs is a major part of Scottish culture acts as a barrier to feeling completely Scottish, according to the study. Some of the interviewees spoke of how the drinking...

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