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Islamic Society Offers End to Defamation Suit, Asks for Mediation

March 3, 2006

Source: Boston Herald

Wire Service: AP

http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=128899

On March 3, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "An Islamic society that sued for defamation after local news outlets linked it and its stalled mosque project to anti-Semitic extremists offered Friday to stop litigation in exchange for private mediation. They made the offer to the defendants’ attorneys on...

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Opinion: "The Rage Game, Rethinking Muslim Methods"

March 3, 2006

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/main/archives/2006/03/the_rage_game_r.php

On March 3, 2006 Muslim Wake Up! ran an opinion piece by Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad, an imam and freelance writer on the East Coast (USA), on the recent cartoon controversy. Ahmad writes, "Anyone who hasn’t capitalized on the recent malicious caricature portrayal of the Prophet (SAWS) to express their outrage, promote their organization, get their name in...

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Glenview Planning Commission Approves Plans for Ismaili House of Worship

March 2, 2006

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2006-03-02/news/0603020304_1_ismailis-muslim-build

On March 2, 2006 the Chicago Tribune reported, "Despite opposition from hundreds of residents who cited traffic concerns, the Glenview Plan Commission recommended approving a Muslim house of worship in the North Shore community, officials said Wednesday. The commission's 4-2 vote came Tuesday night after members of the...

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Staffordshire Churches Condemn Reprinting of Cartoons, Anti-Mosque Stance of British National Party

March 2, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/staffordshire/4766472.stm

On March 2, 2006 BBC News reported, "Staffordshire's church leaders have condemned the British National Party for distributing leaflets depicting a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad. A Diocese of Lichfield spokesman said the 5,000 leaflets also criticised plans for a mosque in Stoke-on-Trent.

The BNP had offered the local council �100,000 for the land in Hanley which was...

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Two European Muslim Views on Identity, Islam and Democracy

March 2, 2006

Source: Open Democracy

http://www.opendemocracy.net/faith-europe_islam/belonging_3317.jsp

On March 2, 2006 Open Democracy reported, "Zakaria Hamidi is surprised at how many 'Dutch people' have come along to the first public debate in Rotterdam organised by New Horizon, a newly-launched platform for discussion focusing on Islam in the Netherlands. Over 800 of us are packed in serried rows into a big conference hall in Erasmus University on a Friday night,...

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Interfaith Leaders Ask Governor to Boycott Prayer Breakfast

March 2, 2006

Source: KBCI TV

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11648451/from/RL.1/

On March 2, 2006 KBCI TV reported, "Despite a letter from local religious leaders urging him to stay away, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne says he will attend Saturday's State Prayer Breakfast as he has in the past... The local religious leaders urge the governor not to attend Saturday's Idaho State Prayer Breakfast because they say keynote Pastor Hormoz Shariat's primary mission 'is to convert Muslims to Christianity...

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Opinion: "Leading the Mufti: Progress in the Islamic Tradition"

March 2, 2006

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/main/archives/2006/03/leading_the_muf.php

On March 2, 2006 Muslim Wake Up! ran an article by Pamela Taylor, co-chair of the Progressive Muslim Union of North America and acting director of the Islamic Writers Alliance, in which she comments on the growing support for women imams in some Muslim circles. Taylor writes, "It’s not often that one is asked to lead a grand mufti in prayer. Especially...

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In Baltimore County, Schools Won't Close for Muslim Holidays but Student Attendance on Holy Days May be Monitored

March 1, 2006

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/baltimore_county/bal-md.co.board01mar01,0,5567442.story

On March 1, 2006 The Baltimore Sun reported, "The Baltimore County school board asked Superintendent Joe A. Hairston last night to monitor the attendance of Muslim students on religious observances and to designate the dates of Muslim holiday observances on the school calendar. The monitoring was among...

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Rushdie, Other Writers Issue Joint Statement Against "Religious Totalitarianism"

March 1, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4763520.stm

On March 1, 2006 BBC News reported, "Salman Rushdie is among a dozen writers to have put their names to a statement in a French weekly paper warning against Islamic 'totalitarianism'. The writers say the violence sparked by the publication of cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad shows the need to fight for secular values and freedom. The statement is published in Charlie Hebdo, one of several...

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Opinion: "A Muslim Manifesto"

March 1, 2006

Source: National Review

http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/akyol_baran200603010816.asp

On March 1, 2006 the National Review ran an opinion piece by Mustafa Akyol, a writer and journalist based in Turkey and Zeyno Baran, director of International Security and Energy Programs at The Nixon Center, that commented, "'Who are the moderate Muslims, and why do they not speak up?' After being asked this question over and over again since 9/11, particularly after...

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At University of California, Irvine, a Contentious Student Panel on Cartoons

March 1, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/186/story_18664_1.html

On March 1, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "A student panel discussion that included a display of the Prophet Muhammad cartoons descended into chaos, with one speaker calling Islam an 'evil religion' and audience members nearly coming to blows. Organizers of Tuesday night's forum at the University of California, Irvine said they showed the...

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American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections Seeking Meeting with Treasury Secretary on Charities

March 1, 2006

Source: Reuters

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N28233826.htm

On March 1, 2006 Reuters reported, "A coalition of U.S. Muslim organizations on Tuesday requested a meeting with Treasury Secretary John Snow to discuss concerns that Muslim charities are targeted in the government's counterterrorism efforts. In a letter to Snow, the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT) said government closures of Islamic charities have hindered American...

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Tutu: Muslims Not Just Angry About Cartoons

February 28, 2006

Source: The Mercury News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/breaking_news/13982693.htm

On February 28, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "The furor over the Prophet Muhammad drawings is a small part of an expanding divide between Islam and the West, or what international leaders such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu described as the 'symptom of a more serious disease.' Attending a U.N.-...

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