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India Struggles to Find Ethnic and Religious Tolerance

October 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/10/29/asia/india.php

With national elections only months away, India is reeling from a rash of spiteful religious and ethnic clashes, prompting many in this country to ask why their vibrant, pluralistic democracy tends to encourage, rather than avert, the cruelty of neighbor against neighbor.

Tensions are growing in several corners of the country....

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Interfaith Partnership Rallies Behind Muslims Anxious About DVD

October 28, 2008

Author: Tim Townsend

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/religion/story/FB582AA6CFCED477862574F0000D06CD?OpenDocument

Members of Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls joined their Muslim colleagues Monday afternoon to denounce a movie that they said equates Islam and terrorism.

The movie, "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against The...

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'Rock the Muslim Vote' Forums in OH & PA Inspire Muslim Voters

October 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=727

This weekend, the Muslim Public Affairs Council held seven election townhall forums on the in Ohio and Pennsylvania in an effort to educate Muslim American voters on key issues and provide an opportunity for interaction with candidates for local, state and federal offices.

At each forum, MPAC leaders also distributed copies of the "Activate 08 Voter's Guide...

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Fighting for Muslim Women's Rights

October 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/7689897.stm

Some of the world's leading Islamic feminists have been gathered in Barcelona for the third International Congress on Islamic Feminism, to discuss the issues women face in the Muslim world.

Some of the women taking part in the conference explained the problems in their home countries, and where they hoped to make progress.

ASMA BARLAS, Author,...

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LI Muslims Say Smears Against Obama Hurt Them, Too

October 27, 2008

Author: Dave Marcus

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/politics/ny-limusl275899706oct27,0,688865.story

Hearing people wrongly say that Sen. Barack Obama is a Muslim, Dr. Hafiz Ur Rehman cringes.

He cringes, too, when he hears people expressing relief that Obama is not a Muslim. "Either way, they're implying that there's something wrong with being a Muslim," said Rehman, a Bay Shore pediatrician...

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Police Are Warned of Ramadan Tensions During Games

October 27, 2008

Author: Richard Kerbaj and Ruth Gledhill

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article5019844.ece

Specialist advice is being given to Scotland Yard on how to reduce tensions between police and Muslims during the London Olympics because of growing concerns about the Games clashing with the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast during the day, The Times has learnt.

Experts will also warn the...

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Islamic Leader Walks the Peace Walk Across Canada

October 26, 2008

Author: Katherine Dedyna

Source: The Times Colonist

http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/life/story.html?id=6cbffa2a-88a7-49d0-90ad-629f2886b75b

An Islamic leader who mortgaged his house to walk across Canada in the cause of non-violence is striding toward Victoria after six months on the road.

"We should be in Victoria on [Monday] and we are looking forward to people of all...

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Op-Ed: "Obama's Not A Muslim, But Lots Of Good People Are" By: Susan Campbell

October 26, 2008

Author: Susan Campbell

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/hc-susan1026.artoct26,0,171285.column

Colin Powell was right.

The retired general and former secretary of state appeared on "Meet the Press" last Sunday to endorse Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, and then he had this to say about Obama's religion:

"The correct answer is: 'He is not a Muslim. He's a...

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Powell's Remarks Solace for Many

October 25, 2008

Author: Lindsay Wise

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6078485.html

Shariq Abdul Ghani was watching Meet the Press at his Richmond home Sunday morning when he suddenly froze with a cup of Nescafe halfway to his lips.

On the TV screen, former Secretary of State Colin Powell was telling host Tom Brokaw he was disturbed that some Republicans have been spreading rumors that Barack Obama...

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Sharia Rulings 'Can Go to Courts'

October 25, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7690809.stm

Decisions made under Islamic sharia law can be accepted by English and Welsh family courts, a minister has confirmed.

Sharia, a set of principles governing the way many Muslims believe they should live, is not legally binding.

But rulings passed on separating couples by a sharia council can be "rubber stamped" by the courts, said justice minister...

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Turkish Prime Minister's Attempt to Lift Ban on Headscarves Ruled Anti-Secular

October 24, 2008

Author: Matthew Weaver

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/24/turkey-islam

Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attempt to lift a ban on wearing headscarves in universities was anti-secular, the country's highest court said today in a ruling that could reignite tensions between the country's secular and pro-Islamic factions.

In July the Guardian reported that the constitutional court stopped short of...

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Dept of Justice Cracks Down on Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

October 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=724

The Muslim Public Affairs Council commends the Department of Justice for cracking down on hate crimes against members of the Muslim community. Today the Justice Department announced that a third man pleaded guilty to a hate crime for anti-Muslim vandalism in Massachusetts.

Adam J. Bonito is the third co-conspirator to plead guilty to the bias-motivated...

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