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For Whom the Bell Tolls: Is it too Early to Sound the Death Knell for Religion in Europe?

March 1, 2008

Author: Neil Datta

Source: Conscience

http://www.catholicsforchoice.org/conscience/current/cWinter0708_forwhomthebelltolls.asp

In Denmark, Thorkild Grosboel, a Lutheran priest, declares, “There is no heavenly God, there is no eternal life and there is no resurrection.” His local bishop, Lise-Lotte Rebel, suspends but cannot dismiss him. Not surprising in a country where just over 3 percent of the...

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God’s Country

March 1, 2008

Author: Eliza Griswold

Source: The Atlantic Monthly

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200803/nigeria

It was an ordinary soccer pitch: sparse tufts of grass and reddish soil surrounded by cinder-block homes. The two candidates stood on opposite sides of the field as the people of Yelwa, a town of 30,000 in central Nigeria, lined up behind them one May morning in 2002 to vote. Whoever had more supporters would lead the town’s council. And whoever led the...

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Dutch PM Warns of Attacks Due to Anti-Islam Film

February 29, 2008

Author: Gilbert Kreijger

Source: Yahoo!News

Wire Service: Reuters

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080229/wl_nm/dutch_islam_film_dc

The Netherlands risks economic sanctions and attacks on its citizens and businesses because of a plan by a right-wing politician to broadcast an anti-Islamic film, the Dutch Prime Minister warned on Friday.

Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, who has called for the Koran to be...

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Berlin Gallery in Islam Art Row

February 29, 2008

Author: Frances Harrison

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7271741.stm

A Berlin art gallery has temporarily closed an exhibition where one of the posters made fun of Islam's holiest shrine, the Kaaba in Mecca.

The decision came after threats believed to be from Muslims.

The exhibition was organised by the Danish group Surrend, which said it wanted to oppose religious extremism.

A poster on display showed the...

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New Warning to Faith Charities

February 29, 2008

Author: Riazat Butt

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/29/religion

Faith charities encouraging or promoting violence or hatred risk losing their charitable status as part of a radical overhaul proposed by the Charity Commission.

For the first time all charities - including those advancing religion - must show that their aims are for the benefit of the public. Draft guidance, issued today, will explain to the...

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Islamic Group Supports Jewish School Teams' Plea

February 29, 2008

Author: CATHERINE TSAI

Source: Examiner

Wire Service: AP

http://www.examiner.com/a-1249534~Islamic_group_supports_Jewish_school_teams__plea.html

A Jewish school's plea for basketball playoff games to be scheduled at times other than the Jewish Sabbath got support Thursday from an Islamic civil rights group.

"In a nation as religiously diverse as America, it is important...

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Church Leaders Ask Condoleezza Rice to Address Gaza Crisis

February 29, 2008

Author: PRESS RELEASE

Source: Worldwide Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2008/02/msg00232.html

The Honorable Condoleezza Rice Secretary of State United States Department of State Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Rice,

As you prepare to return to the Middle East, we - the leaders of U.S. Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant churches and church-related organizations that make up Churches for Middle East Peace - are writing to ask you to take...

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Police Sued over Mosque Programme

February 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_midlands/7268816.stm

The makers of a Channel 4 documentary have confirmed they are suing West Midlands Police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for libel.

The Dispatches programme, Undercover Mosque, tackled claims of Islamic extremism in the West Midlands.

In November media regulator Ofcom rejected police and CPS claims...

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Young Filmmakers Put Lives of Muslims in Focus

February 28, 2008

Author: Jason Millman

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-02-19-muslim-film-contest_N.htm

Muslim Americans say they often feel like strangers in their own country, and the struggle to overcome stereotypes became more complicated after 9/11.

So when given the chance to tell their stories, more than 100 young Muslim American filmmakers poured their creative energies into producing four- to five-...

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Air Force Grants Equal Time to Critics of Alleged Ex-Terrorists

February 28, 2008

Author: Robert Weller

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20080228-1513-wst-academy-islam.html

The Air Force Academy has invited three speakers to give their vision of Islam after remarks made by three self-described former terrorists that some in the audience believed were condemnations of all Muslims.

Mikey Weinstein,...

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Officials: Men Admit to Varied Roles in Mosque Fire

February 28, 2008

Author: CHRIS ECEHGARAY

Source: Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080228/NEWS03/802280406/1017/NEWS01

It's too early to tell if the case of three men charged with setting a Columbia mosque on fire will be tried solely in federal court, said Mike Bottoms, Maury County district attorney.

Michael Golden, 23, Eric Baker, 32, and Jonathan Stone, 19, are accused of spray...

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Dutch Islam Film 'Nearly Ready'

February 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7268618.stm

Far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders has said that this week he will finish a film about Islam which has already triggered Muslim outrage.

Mr Wilders said he was determined to release the film despite government warnings that this would damage Dutch political and economic interests.

Mr Wilders says the film is about the Koran, without giving details.

Imam From Va. Mosque Now Thought to Have Aided Al-Qaeda

February 27, 2008

Author: Susan Schmidt

Source: Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/26/AR2008022603267.html

Even before the 2001 terrorist attacks, American-born imam Anwar al-Aulaqi drew the attention of federal authorities because of his possible connections to al-Qaeda. Their interest grew after 9/11, when it turned out that three of the hijackers had spent time at his mosques in California...

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