Islam

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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Desecration of the Qur'an is "Unpardonable," Says Musharraf

June 5, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AFP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20050605/wl_sthasia_afp/pakistanusuaeattacksguantanamokoran_050605061613

On June 5, 2005 Agence France-Presse reported, "Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf condemned the reported desecration of the Koran by US interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba, saying it was 'unpardonable.'

'Our...

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European Unity Seen as Advantageous to Muslim Minorities

June 5, 2005

Source: Journal of Turkish Weekly/IslamOnline.net

http://www.turkishweekly.net/news.php?id=12004

On June 5, 2005 IslamOnline.net reported, "Austrian Muslims believe that European unity, as manifested by the hotly-debated European Constitution, would serve the best interests of Muslim minorities across the euro bloc. 'Muslim minorities in Europe are hopeful to see the European unity materialized at all levels as it serves interests of all minorities across the continent,...

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Profile of Asra Nomani, Leader of Muslim Women’s Freedom Tour

June 5, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/04/AR2005060401646.html?sub=AR

On June 5, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "it was two days after she appeared on 'Nightline' talking about her fight to change her mosque that the death threats began. The first call came on her cell phone. The caller left a message, in Urdu: 'If you want to stay alive, keep your mouth shut.' Otherwise, he...

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Debate Over Role of Islam in U.S. Prisons Continues

June 4, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://sltrib.com/entertainment/ci_2778840

On June 4, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "across the United States, tens of thousands of Muslims are practicing their faith behind bars. Islam is most likely to win American converts there, according to U.S. Muslim leaders, and the religion has for decades been a regular part of prison culture. But the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have brought new scrutiny to Muslim inmates, many of whom are black men...

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Religious Accommodation Becoming More Common in Workplace

June 4, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,2763,1498767,00.html

On June 4, 2005 The Guardian reported, "In a Britain where workforces are increasingly diverse, the effective management of staff is an issue the government is keen to push. Safia Tharoo, the Muslim Council of Britain's legal officer, recently completed a DTI-funded project aimed at raising awareness of the employment equality regulations covering religion and belief, which...

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Charlotte Gathering Discusses "Climate of Intolerance"

June 4, 2005

Source: Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/11813073.htm

On June 4, 2005 the Charlotte Observer reported, "Area leaders representing Muslim, Christian and Jewish faiths united Friday and denounced what one described as a 'climate of intolerance' in the Charlotte area in recent weeks. 'We are seeing a trickle-down effect of an Islam-phobic climate that is allowed to flourish,' said Jibril Hough, a spokesman for the Islamic...

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Interfaith Tour of Biblical Sites Spurs Dialogue

June 4, 2005

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050604/LIVING/506040340/1007/LIVING

On June 4, 2005 The Indianapolis Star reported, "In late June and early July, [Kazim] Eldes plans to lead two interfaith journeys to Turkey, this time with groups from the Indianapolis area. Sponsored by an organization called the Holy Dove Foundation, Eldes hopes the Biblical Treasures of Turkey tour will create...

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Update: Muslim Students Still Seek Place to Pray at McGill University

June 3, 2005

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

http://montreal.cbc.ca/regional/servlet/View?filename=qc-muslims20050603

On June 3, 2005 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported, "The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations says it will decide by next week whether to proceed with a human-rights complaint against McGill University for its refusal to find space for a Muslim prayer room on campus. Muslim students lost the space they'd been using...

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Manchester's First Muslim Mayor Promotes Understanding

June 3, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0603/p01s02-woeu.html

On June 3, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "It's a long way from the hot plains of provincial Pakistan to the damp urban sprawl of northwest England. But for Mohammed Afzal Khan, the real journey did not begin until after he'd arrived in 1970s Britain as a bewildered 12-year-old who spoke no English, and had few friends and little clue about the culture he was entering...

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Law Said to Promote Islamist Agenda Blocked by President

June 3, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4607621.stm

On June 3, 2005 BBC News reported, "Turkey's secularist president has blocked a law that he says could have given Islamic extremists more freedom.

President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said the change could have encouraged Islamists to preach against Turkey's secular state in illegal hardline schools.

The law was a late addition to a new penal code which Turkey has adopted in its efforts to join the...

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Republicans Block Two Measures Aimed at Creating Environment of Religious Respect at Air Force Academy

June 3, 2005

Source: The Forward

On June 3, 2005 The Forward reported, "House Republicans have killed two measures aimed at requiring the Air Force to submit a plan for ensuring religious tolerance at its academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The measures come in the wake of allegations of religious intolerance and coercion directed by evangelical Christians at the academy against Jews, Catholics and others. The measures, proposed amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, were submitted to the House Rules Committee and the House Armed Services Committee...

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