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Muslim Official Visits Church, Temples

April 2, 2008

Author: SEAN YOONG

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

Wire Service: AP

http://www.kentucky.com/524/story/364029.html

A lawmaker from Malaysia's Islamic opposition party said Wednesday he made rare visits to a church and temples to help assure non-Muslim minorities about their religious rights.

Khalid Abdul Samad, a Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party lawmaker, said he wanted to ease suspicions among non-Muslims that his party...

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Arabs, Muslims Battle West Over Free Speech at UN

April 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: DAWN

Wire Service: AP

http://www.dawn.com/2008/04/02/top9.htm

Arab and Muslim countries defended on Tuesday a resolution they pushed through at the United Nations to have the body’s expert on free speech to report on individuals and news media for negative comments on Islam.

An amendment passed by the UN Human Rights Council on Friday directed the body’s expert on freedom of...

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U.S. Muslims and Mormons Share Deepening Ties

April 2, 2008

Author: David Haldane

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-morlims2apr02,1,2488142.story

The Mormon Church has to be among the most outgoing on earth; in recent years its leaders have reached out to, among others, Latinos, Koreans, Catholics and Jews.

One of the most enthusiastic responses, however, has come from what some might consider a surprising source: U.S. Muslims.

"We are...

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U. to Hire First Full-Time Hindu, Muslim Chaplains

April 1, 2008

Author: Sarah Pease-Kerr

Source: The Daily Princetonian

http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/2008/04/01/20644/

The Office of Religious Life (ORL) is nearing the end of its search for the University’s first full-time Muslim and Hindu chaplains. The appointments will be made in early May.

The chaplains will be responsible for promoting programming for each community, counseling students, participating in interfaith initiatives and leading or...

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Muslim Volunteers to Serve at Morristown Soup Kitchen

March 31, 2008

Author: Minhaj Hassan

Source: Daily Record

http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008803310304

A "Muslims Serve Day" will take place at the Community Soup Kitchen next month.

Serving at the soup kitchen gives the Muslim community an opportunity to participate in an "act of righteousness" and show the community at large the true and compassionate face of Muslims and Islam, said Zamir Hassan, a coordinator with...

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Navy Chaplain Fired from Teaching Job After Report Exposed his Anti-Islamic Views

March 31, 2008

Author: Jason Leopold

Source: Online Journal

http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_3116.shtml

A top Navy chaplain who wrote a book several years ago attacking Islam, calling the religion “evil,” and urging the United States to launch a “jihad” against the faith, has been fired from a prestigious theological institute after officials at the school recently became aware of the chaplain’s controversial book...

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Young French Muslims Vent Frustrations on Iraq's Battlefields— and Come Home to Recruit

March 31, 2008

Author: Ingrid Rousseau and Daniel Woolls

Source: The International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/03/30/news/Frances-Holy-Warriors.php

Boubakeur el Hakim traded his Paris neighborhood of boulangeries and halal butcher shops for the insurgent camps of Iraq. When he came home, he told his war stories to other young men on the forgotten edges of French society,...

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Interfaith Event Fosters New Insights

March 31, 2008

Author: ANN ZANIEWSKI

Source: The Oakland Press

http://www.theoaklandpress.com/stories/033108/loc_20080331279.shtml

Beheejah Shakoor learned from a rabbi that the yarmulke is worn as a reminder of a higher power, something she said she also believes.

"You realize we have more in common than differences," Shakoor, a Muslim nurse from South Lyon, said. Shakoor was among about 100 women of various faiths who attended Sunday's "...

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Blaine Hate Crime Sparks Town Meeting Focused on Unity, Answers

March 31, 2008

Author: EMILY BRIGHT

Source: Twin Cities Daily Planet

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/article/2008/03/31/blaine-hate-crime-sparks-town-meeting-focused-unity-answers.html#

On the night of January 27, three men entered Mohammad Ismail’s Blaine Dairy store as he was closing shop and threw flaming glass bottles at the walls, destroying everything in the store. Ismail escaped through the...

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German Police Guard Theater as Satanic Verses Play Opens

March 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Deutsche Welle/DPA News

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3226860,00.html

Police kept guard on Sunday as the curtain went up in a German theater premiere of a play based on "The Satanic Verses," a controversial novel by Indian-born author Salman Rushdie.

The stage adaptation, the first of Rushdie's 1988 novel, was premiered at the Hans Otto Theatre, known by the acronym HOT, in the city of Potsdam,...

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