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PM Describes Some Muslims as "Utterly Antagonistic to Our Kind of Society"

February 20, 2006

Source: Star Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.startribune.com/722/story/258234.html

On February 20, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Australian Prime Minister John Howard said some segments of the country's Islamic community were 'utterly antagonistic' to Australian society in comments published Monday that immediately drew criticism from a Muslim group. Howard also denounced 'extreme attitudes' held by some Muslims, including their...

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Muslims Plan to Start National Muslim Newspaper

February 20, 2006

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

http://www.cbc.ca/calgary/story/ca_20060220.html

On February 20, 2006 the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported, "The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada plans to launch a national newspaper to better educate Canadians about Islamic issues. Recent cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad have appeared in a number of publications around the world including two published in Alberta. Council president Syed Soharwardy says the...

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Pope Urges Respect, Condemns Violence

February 20, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4734454.stm

On February 20, 2006 BBC News reported, "The Pope has said that it is necessary to respect the world's religions and avoid harming religious sensibilities. Pope Benedict XVI was speaking after deadly protests in Libya and Nigeria over cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad.

But the head of the Catholic Church said that violence could not be justified as a response to offences.

...

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Diverse Faiths Unify to Support Synagogue Defaced by Anti-Semitic Graffiti

February 20, 2006

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0602200160feb20,1,432204.story

On February 20, 2006 the Chicago Tribune reported, "The message Sunday from a politician, a clergyman, a rabbi and a Muslim activist to a Jewish congregation in Uptown that saw its synagogue recently defaced by anti-Semitic graffiti was the same: A hate crime against one group is a crime against all humanity.

Nearly 200...

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Cartoon Riots Target Christians

February 19, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4728616.stm

On February 19, 2006 BBC News reported, "Sixteen people have been killed in northern Nigeria during protests by Muslims over the cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad. Most of the deaths occurred in rioting in Maiduguri, capital of north-eastern Borno state. One person died in similar riots in north-central Katsina state. Witnesses said most of the dead were from Maiduguri's minority Christians....

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Calgary Muslim Leaders Speak Out Against Bounty on Cartoonists

February 19, 2006

Source: The Calgary Herald

http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/city/story.html?id=036b3c04-894d-40c9-9a24-c5175e1f38be

On February 19, 2006 The Calgary Herald reported, "Calgary Islamic leaders at an open house Saturday spoke out against a Pakistani cleric who offered a $1-million US bounty last week for killing a cartoonist who drew the Prophet Muhammad. Around 70 people attended a meeting at Calgary's largest mosque...

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Opinion: "Believers are at Home in a Secular Society"

February 18, 2006

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3933-2045557,00.html

On February 18, 2006 The Times ran an opinion piece by Rabbi Tony Bayfield, head of the Movement for Reform Judaism. In response to the recent cartoon controversies and hostilities among faith groups, Bayfield writes about the idea of secularism as a "dialogue partner" in interfaith work. He comments, "I would argue that, frightening and humbling though secularisation has been, it is...

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Unifying Across Ethnic Lines, Muslims Gather in Protest and Make Plea for Tolerance

February 18, 2006

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/newyork/nyc-nyprot184631969feb18,0,1993863.story

On February 18, 2006 Newsday reported, "An estimated 1,500 to 2,000 Muslims protested peacefully across from the Danish Consulate in Manhattan Friday in the largest U.S. rally to date against a Danish newspaper's decision to publish caricatures of the prophet Muhammad.

'We have to restrain our anger,' urged Imam Siraj...

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Second Major March Against Cartoons in London

February 18, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4726472.stm

On February 18, 2006 BBC News reported, "Muslims have held their biggest rally so far in the UK in protest at cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad. Police said 10,000 people gathered in Trafalgar Square before marching to Hyde Park. No arrests were made. The London march was led by the Muslim Action Committee - an umbrella body for mosques and community groups. It is the third consecutive weekend of demonstrations...

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Amartya Sen Critical of Britain’s Religious Identity Politics and "Plural Monoculturalism"

February 18, 2006

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,,1712446,00.html

On February 18, 2006 The Guardian reported, "Nobel-winning economist Amartya Sen's... concerns have outgrown those of economics to dwell on questions of democracy and culture. In the light of the recent furores over Islam and multiculturalism, Sen has written a new book, Identity and Violence, to be published in this country in July, which will take a trenchantly critical look at...

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Italian Minister Resigns After Cartoon T-Shirt Prompts Deadly Riots

February 18, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4727606.stm

On February 18, 2006 BBC News reported, "The Italian reform minister who angered Muslims by wearing a T-shirt decorated with Western media cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad has resigned. Roberto Calderoli stepped down a day after rioting outside the Italian consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi led to at least 10 deaths. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had also urged him to go. The...

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