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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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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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