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Interfaith Meeting in Swansea to Promote Peaceful Societies

May 21, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/5000986.stm

On May 21, 2006 BBC News reported, "Organisers of a conference bringing together religious and community leaders in Swansea say they hope to increase understanding among faiths. The public have been invited to Sunday's event, which will include addresses from representatives of six major faiths and an open debate. The meeting has been promoted with the motto 'Love for all, hatred for none.'...

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Iran Considers Religious Clothing Law

May 20, 2006

Source: cnews

Wire Service: AP

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Features/2006/05/20/1589977-ap.html

On May 20, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "A draft law being considered by Iran's parliament encourages the wearing of Islamic clothing to protect the country's Muslim identity, according to a copy of the bill obtained by The Associated Press on Saturday.

The 13-article bill, which received preliminary approval a week...

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Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean Meets with Muslim Leaders

May 19, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://www.masnet.org/articleinterest.asp?id=3333

On May 19, 2006 a Muslim American Society Press Release reported, "Yesterday, Democratic National Committee [DNC] Chairman Howard Dean met with a diverse group of Muslim leaders to talk about the Democratic agenda for change along with efforts to reach out to members of the religious community early on in the election process. Muslim leaders joined Chairman Dean in an informal...

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Rajasthan's Governor Refuses to Sign Religious Freedom Bill

May 19, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4996708.stm

On May 19, 2006 BBC News reported, "The state governor of India's western state of Rajasthan has refused to sign a contentious religious freedom bill.

Pratibha Patil's refusal comes amid widespread criticism of the bill, which would ban people from being converted to religions against their will.

The state assembly passed the bill, which would see offenders fined or...

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Latino-Muslim Exchange Project Helps Kids Discover Cross-Cultural Similarities

May 19, 2006

Source: Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/atoz/article_1148108.php

On May 19, 2006 the Orange County Register reported, "When Endy Galindo, 12, takes snapshots of her life, she photographs parked Cadillacs in her neighborhood and her younger siblings. Her new friend, 11-year-old Mariyah Saiduddin, takes photos of herself wearing a hijab, traditional Muslim attire, and glasses. Galindo, a Mexican-American, and Saiduddin, a...

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Milpitas Mosque Door Vandalized, Motive Unknown

May 18, 2006

Source: cbs5.com

http://cbs5.com/localwire/localfsnews/bcn/2006/05/18/n/HeadlineNews/MOSQUE-VANDALISM/resources_bcn_html

On May 18, 2006 cbs5.com reported, "Vandals shattered a $350 front door of an Islamic mosque in Milpitas this week but police say so far they have no evidence indicating it was a hate crime.

Visitors who came to attend an early morning prayer discovered the smashed glass front door at...

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Judges Shot by Islamist Over Headscarf Ban in Turkey

May 18, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/18/world/europe/18turkey.html

On May 18, 2006 The New York Times reported, "A gunman stormed into a courthouse meeting room in Ankara on Wednesday and shot five judges, apparently in anger at a ruling enforcing a strict ban on the wearing of Islamic head scarves.

One judge later died, and top officials, including the prime minister, who himself had criticized the court's ruling, rushed to...

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Update: Muslim American Society Gets Involved in Immigrant Day Activities

May 17, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://www.masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=3330

On May 17, 2006 a Muslim American Society Press Release reported, "Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation is encouraging all area Muslims to join the mobilization rally for Immigrant rights on Wednesday, May 17 on the National Mall in Washington, DC, starting at 4 pm. People are asked to assemble between 12th to 14th Streets NW between Madison and Jefferson Avenue. MAS Freedom...

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Georgetown Launches Ph.D. in Islamic Studies

May 17, 2006

Source: Georgetown University Office of Communications

http://explore.georgetown.edu/news/?ID=15539

On May 17, 2006 Georgetown University Office of Communications reported, "Recent world affairs have prompted an increased demand for professionals and scholars with advanced knowledge of Arabic and expert knowledge of Islam. In response, Georgetown University has launched a new degree program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy in Islamic Studies. "Georgetown's strengths in...

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Toronto to Flaunt Religious Diversity in World's Fair Bid

May 17, 2006

Source: The Catholic Register

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=19880

On May 17, 2006 The Catholic Register reported, "If Toronto lands the 2015 World's Fair it should grab the opportunity to put its impressive religious diversity on display, religious leaders and city officials have told The Catholic Register.

Toronto plans to make a bid to the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions June 30....

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Malaysia's Multi-Faith Credentials Called into Question

May 16, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4965580.stm

On May 16, 2006 BBC News reported, "Malaysia is considering its multi-cultural credentials after a crowd of Muslims on Sunday broke up a meeting called to defend the rights of religious minorities.

The country's leaders condemned the disturbances, but the BBC's Jonathan Kent in Kuala Lumpur says non-Muslims feel increasingly beleaguered.

'I'm becoming an alien in...

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