Islam

Court Seeks Gujarat Clarification

December 13, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7141662.stm

India's supreme court has sought clarification from a politician over remarks he made during an election meeting in western Gujarat.

The state's chief minister, Narendra Modi, commented on the 2005 killing of a man by police in Gujarat.

Media reports suggested that Mr Modi had "justified" the killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, a Muslim civilian....

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British Muslims Say: Put Christ Back in Christmas

December 12, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1212/p06s01-woeu.html

Muslim leaders joined Britain's equality watchdog Monday in urging Britons to enjoy Christmas without worrying about offending non-Christians.

"It's time to stop being daft about Christmas. It's fine to celebrate and it's fine for Christ to be star of the show," said Trevor...

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Muslim Militants Jailed over Terrorist Attacks

December 12, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Agence France-Presse

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22911214-401,00.html

FOUR Muslim militants in Indonesia were jailed for between 14 and 19 years for terrorist attacks in the country's religiously divided Central Sulawesi province.

Muhammad Basri, 29, was jailed for 19 years after being found guilty of involvement in a series of attacks on Christians in the province.

Judge Eddy Risdianto...

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Kiwis 'Learning to Accept Racial Diversity'

December 11, 2007

Author: Jenny Ling

Source: Stuff.co.nz/The Dominion Post

http://www.stuff.co.nz/4319131a10.html

The Human Rights Commission and police say New Zealanders are embracing the increasingly diverse population, only a small percentage resisting it.

But there is more anecdotal evidence of abuse and many victims are still not reporting it to authorities.

Police strategic adviser Kefeng Chu said racial tension was still common and more work was needed...

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Prejudice Put Down to 'Ignorance'

December 11, 2007

Author: John Knox

Source: BB CNews

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/7138538.stm

Nearly a third of Scots think there is sometimes good reason to be prejudiced against minority groups and, while there's more tolerance for disabled people and gay people, prejudice against Muslims is on the increase.

The findings, from the latest Scottish Social Attitudes Survey by the government, were described by Communities Minister Stewart...

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Egypt 'Fabricated Terror Group'

December 11, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7137950.stm

A US-based human rights group has accused the Egyptian government of using torture and false confessions in a high-profile anti-terrorism case.

Twenty-two alleged members of an unknown Islamist group, the Victorious Sect, were accused of planning attacks on tourism sites and gas pipelines.

Human Rights Watch says its research suggests the...

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Father Says He Killed Daughter in Canadian Hijab Case

December 11, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSN1151774720071211

A Canadian teenager who was said to have clashed with her father about whether she should wear a traditional Muslim head scarf died of injuries late on Monday, and her father told police he had killed her.

Aqsa Parvez, 16, was found without a pulse in her home in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga earlier on Monday. She was...

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9th Circuit Finds Parts of Patriot Act Unconstitutional

December 11, 2007

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=19428

LOS ANGELES — A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that some portions of the U.S. Patriot Act dealing with foreign terrorist organizations are unconstitutional because the language is too vague to be understood by a person of average intelligence.

The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco affirms a 2005 decision by U.S. District Judge Audrey...

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Muslim Lawyer Sues Over Inter Milan 'Crusaders' Kit

December 11, 2007

Author: Richard Owen

Source: Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article3035438.ece

A Turkish lawyer is taking legal action against Inter Milan, the Italian football team, for wearing a strip with “Crusader-style” red crosses that he alleges is ”offensive to Muslim sensibilities”.

Baris Kaska, a lawyer in Izmir who specialises in European law, said that he had lodged a...

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Peer Criticises Muslim 'Hotheads'

December 11, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7138641.stm

Muslim peer Baroness Warsi has hit out at Muslim "hardliners and hotheads" who use Islam to argue against voting and equal rights for women.

The Conservative shadow minister for community cohesion said it was crucial to distinguish between social demands and genuine religious requirements.

She urged Muslims not to allow such...

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Australian Exhibition Honours Muslim Pioneers

December 11, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jrB8nOuMP_dfudz4LWS_hU2oyUgw

An exhibition opening in Australia on Wednesday pays tribute to the often ignored contribution Muslim camel drivers made to opening up the dry centre of the vast country in the 19th century.

More than 2,000 cameleers and 15,000 camels arrived from Afghanistan and northern India or modern Pakistan as a mid-1800s...

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S.F. Housing Authority Sued over Failure to Protect Muslim Tenants

December 10, 2007

Author: Marisa Lagos

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/12/10/BA4LTPR7P.DTL

A family of Pakistani immigrants living in San Francisco public housing was improperly denied an emergency transfer to another apartment after someone broke into their home, desecrated their Quran, defaced their passports and shredded their traditional clothing, according to a federal court lawsuit....

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After Guantanamo, 'Reintegration' for Saudis

December 10, 2007

Author: Josh White and Robin Wright

Source: Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/09/AR2007120901411.html?hpid=topnews

For five years, Jumah al-Dossari sat in a tiny cell at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, watched day and night by military captors who considered him one of the most dangerous terrorist suspects on the planet.

In July, he was...

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Israeli Anti-Arab Racism 'Rises'

December 10, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7136068.stm

An Israeli civil rights group has said racism against Arab citizens of Israel has risen sharply in the past year.

In a report, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel said expression of anti-Arab views had doubled, and racist incidents had increased by 26%.

Christian or Muslim Arab citizens of Israel make up 20% of the population.
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Islamic School Closure is 'Good Lesson'

December 10, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22898328-12377,00.html

THE closure of a Muslim school by the West Australian Government is a warning to other Islamic schools, the former head of Australia's peak Muslim body says. The Muslim Ladies' College in the Perth suburb of Kenwick was shut down by state Education Minister Mark McGowan yesterday for a series of "serious concerns...

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