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American Muslims Offer Europeans Model of Integration, Toleration

February 13, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F70915FD395A0C708DDDAB0894DE404482

On February 13, 2006 The New York Times reported, "As the crisis over the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad flared over the last two weeks, leaders of several American Muslim groups began working quietly to try to mediate between European Muslims and the West. The leaders -- representing three national organizations and two...

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Response of US Muslims to Cartoons Reflects Assimilation, Tolerance

February 13, 2006

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newjersey/ny-bc-nj--prophetdrawings-n0213feb13,0,5448808.story

On February 13, 2006 Newsday reported, "While satirical cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a terrorist have drawn violent responses overseas leading to rioting and deaths, American Muslims say the more muted response in this country is due to a combination of factors, including greater...

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Opinion: "Muslims and the West: A Culture War?"

February 13, 2006

Source: Gallup Poll News Service

http://poll.gallup.com/content/?ci=21454

On February 13, 2006 the Gallup Poll News Service issued a guest commentary piece by John L. Esposito, University Professor at Georgetown University and author of "What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam and Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam." Esposito comments on the recent controversy over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, "What we are witnessing today has little to do with Western democratic values...

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Opinion: "The End of Freedom"

February 12, 2006

Source: The Observer

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,1707716,00.html

On February 12, 2006 The Observer ran an opinion piece by columnist Andrew Anthony on the cartoon controversy. Anthony writes, "[T]he press in Britain has chosen not to publish it [the cartoon of Muhammad with a bomb in his turban] or any of the 11 other cartoons that first appeared in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten back in September.The overwhelming consensus of liberal...

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Government Reiterates Concern about Cartoons, Emphasizes Commitment to Tolerance

February 12, 2006

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hindu.com/2006/02/12/stories/2006021214680100.htm

On February 12, 2006 The Hindu reported, "The [Indian] government on Saturday expressed 'deep concern' over the growing controversy on the publication of Prophet Muhammad cartoons in a Danish newspaper and some European dailies. A statement said India expressed its outrage in October last itself to the Danish government and suggested that apologies be sought and assurances obtained...

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Editorial: "An End to Tolerance"

February 12, 2006

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,176-2036203,00.html

On February 12, 2006 The Times ran an editorial that commented on the recent controversy over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and the violent protests. The Times editorial staff writes, "It is a hoary old clich� to say that British society is tolerant and forgiving, but by and large it happens to be true... Now, perhaps, we are paying the price of that unthinking tolerance. Amir...

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Moderate Muslims: Battle Social Issues, Not Cartoons

February 12, 2006

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11171517/from/RL.2/

On February 12, 2006 MSNBC reported, "Muslim protests across the world condemning cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad are driven by fears Islam is under attack, and by the fact that it is easier to protest than to battle tough social issues, moderate Muslims say.

From disputes over wearing headscarves to desecration of the Koran, many Muslims worry over what they they see as onslaughts of the West, but...

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Opinion: "Drawing Fire and Blood: Free Speech and Religion"

February 12, 2006

Source: First Amendment Center Press Release

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=16451

On February 12, 2006 a First Amendment Center Press Release issued an opinion piece by Paul K. McMasters, First Amendment ombudsman at the First Amendment Center, on the controversy over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. McMasters writes, "For their part, Western leaders' initial response to the violence and protests by government [in Muslim countries] was...

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Opinion: "Why I Reject the Anarchists Who Claim to Speak for Islam"

February 12, 2006

Source: The Observer

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1707922,00.html

On February 12, 2006 The Observer ran an opinion piece by Fareena Alam is editor of Q-News, the Muslim magazine. Alam writes, "As a young British Muslim woman, watching the events of the past two weeks has been a depressing experience. One minute, we were subject to outrageously insulting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, a man who is beloved and central to the core of my...

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"United Against Incitement and Islamophobia" Rally Draws 5,000 to Trafalgar Square

February 12, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/4700482.stm

On February 12, 2006 BBC News reported, "About 5,000 UK mainstream Muslims joined a protest in London's Trafalgar Square against controversial cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad. There had been fears the rally may have been disrupted by extremists, but it proved to be a trouble-free afternoon. Protesters waved banners calling for unity against Islamophobia. The event aimed to...

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Women's Multifaith Center in Orlando Provides Opportunity for Active Engagement

February 12, 2006

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-orreligion1206feb12,0,995971.story?coll=orl-news-headlines-orange

On February 12, 2006 the Orlando Sentinel reported, "When it comes to promoting religious understanding, the Rev. Diana Reed Jackson believes that verbal dialogue alone falls short. Participation in a religious ritual or spiritual discipline is a more holistic...

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Jews Speak Out Against Holocaust Denials

February 11, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4705246.stm

On February 11, 2006 BBC News reported, "The chairman of Iran's Jewish Council has strongly criticised the country's hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for saying the Holocaust was a myth. In a letter to the president, Haroun Yashayaei said the leader's remarks had shocked the international community and caused fear in Iran's Jewish community. Mr Yashayaei described the Holocaust as one of the most...

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Detroit-Area Interfaith Leader to Retire

February 11, 2006

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060211/NEWS05/602110354

On February 11, 2006 the Detroit Free Press reported, "The Rev. Richard Singleton, one of metro Detroit's best-known builders of bridges between different faiths, said farewell to 200 Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders who gathered for an interfaith day of study at Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Township on Friday. Singleton, head of the...

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