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Update: Rotterdam Mosque Latest to be Attacked in Van Gogh Murder Backlash

June 15, 2005

Source: Reuters

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L15350221.htm

On June 15, 2005 Reuters reported, "A mosque in the Dutch city of Rotterdam was damaged by arson and daubed with racist graffiti early on Wednesday, the latest of several such attacks since the murder last year of a filmmaker critical of Islam.

The Shaan-e-Islam mosque, frequented by Rotterdam's Surinamese community, was extensively damaged by fire and racist slogans were painted on its...

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Governor Joins Ismaili Community's Brick-Laying Ceremony for New Jamatkhana in Plano

June 14, 2005

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/061505dnmetismailicenter.d99ed2f.html

On June 14, 2005 The Dallas Morning News reported, "The Ismaili Muslim community announced Tuesday that it is building a $6.5 million worship and community center in Plano, where it has found a warm welcome. Gov. Rick Perry flew in to lay the first ceremonial brick for the center's...

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Opinion: Bill Would Protect "Group[s] of People Who Don't Fall Into a Single Racial Identity"

June 14, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1505794,00.html

On June 14, 2005 The Guardian ran an opinion piece by Sher Khan, chair of the public affairs committee of the Muslim Council of Britian, in support of the proposed religious hatred bill. Khan writes, "Central to the opposition argument is whether it will be possible to distinguish between legitimate criticisms of religion and incitement to hatred. The question fails to...

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Interreligious Dialogue Helpful for Minority Religions Facing Difficulties in Majority Culture

June 14, 2005

Source: The Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/article/church/2121/section/exploring.minorities.among.a.majority/1.htm

On June 14, 2005 The Christian Post reported, "Bishop Samuel Azariah, a Christian leader from the Protestant Church of Pakistan, lives in a minority community of Christians among a majority of Muslims. Dr Orhan Cicek is a Muslim scholar of Turkish origin living in Australia where Muslims are...

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DC Fire Department Ordered to Permit Beards for Muslim Firefighters

June 14, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20050614-121249-5119r.htm

On June 14, 2005 The Washington Times reported, "A federal judge yesterday ordered the D.C. fire department to allow three bearded Muslim firefighters to serve on full duty until Aug. 1, when he expects to decide whether the safety issues outweigh the men's claims that shaving would violate their religious rights. U.S. District Judge James Robertson told an attorney for the...

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Survivors of Gujarat Riots, Relatives Seek Damages

June 14, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AFP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20050614/wl_sthasia_afp/indiagujaratunrest_050614045545

On June 14, 2005 Agence France-Presse reported, "Survivors of one of the worst massacres during the 2002 sectarian riots in Gujarat filed a compensation claim against the western Indian state's ruling Hindu nationalist BJP party. Over 120 people from the minority Muslim community were...

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Anti-Terrorism Effort Being Waged with the Help of Immigration Law

June 13, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/12/AR2005061201441.html

On June 13, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "[A] broad anti-terrorism effort [is] being waged [in the U.S.] with a seemingly innocuous weapon: immigration law. In the past two years, officials have filed immigration charges against more than 500 people who have come under scrutiny in national security investigations,...

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"Let's Talk," the First in a Series of Interfaith Conversations

June 13, 2005

Source: The State

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/11881016.htm

On June 13, 2005 The State reported, "About 70 people took the first step Sunday in what they hope will be a long and fruitful series of interfaith dialogues and discussions. 'Let’s Talk — An Open Community Forum on Jewish, Christian and Islamic Relations' featured a Chicago-based Muslim woman editor, as well as educators, community members and leaders from around Columbia. Meeting in...

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Muslim Scouting Thrives at the Islamic Center of Sharon

June 12, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/06/12/scouting_a_cultural_bridge/

On June 12, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "the Sharon Boy Scout groups began several years ago, but only recently has the program begun to pick up steam, gaining new members and leaders. It also for the first time has a dedicated space -- a former downstairs classroom set aside by the mosque. And a year ago, the Girl Scout troop was...

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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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