Islam

Vatican Considers Establishing a "Trialogue" to Include Muslims

January 27, 2006

Source: Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/3617171.html

On January 27, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "The Vatican is exploring whether to expand its Catholic-Jewish dialogue to include Muslims, although talks are at a very initial stage, a Vatican official said Friday. Monsignor Michael Fitzgerald, who heads the Vatican's office for interreligious dialogue, made the comments after...

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Interfaith Rally Condemns Hate Crime Against North Austin Mosque

January 27, 2006

Source: kvue.com

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/stories/012706kvueinterfaithrally-cb.441f183e.html

On January 27, 2006 kvue.com reported, "In a show of solidarity, members of various religious groups gathered at an Islamic center in Northwest Austin Thursday night to condemn the actions of those who vandalized the property last weekend. Many who saw the defacement say it was a hate crime. The rally was organized by Austin-area inter-...

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ACLU Files Suit Against Patriot Act Clause on Behalf of Ramadan, Academic Organizations

January 26, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/26/national/26suit.html?_r=2

On January 26, 2006 The New York Times reported, "Citing the case of a prominent Muslim scholar barred from the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to strike down a clause of the USA Patriot Act that bars foreigners who endorse terrorism from entering this country. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan...

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CAIR Demands Apology from LA Radio Host Who Made Fun of Hajj Stampede

January 26, 2006

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/breaking_news/13720885.htm

On January 26, 2006 The Mercury News reported, "A Muslim civil liberties group demanded an apology Thursday from the host of a Los Angeles-area radio show for making fun of a stampede that killed hundreds of Muslims during an annual pilgrimage. The Council on American-Islamic Relations asked for an apology from KFI-AM 640 host Bill Handel, who...

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First Muslim Woman Graduates from Prince William Police Academy

January 26, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/25/AR2006012500055.html

On January 26, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "The latest graduates of the Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy are its most diverse. Almost half speak a second language. One can build a computer from scratch. Another can organize a museum exhibition. One is a former all-conference basketball player. Another is...

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Hawaiian Legislature United in Diverse Prayers

January 26, 2006

Source: Star Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2002/01/26/features/story1.html

On January 26, 2006 the Star Bulletin reported, "Members of the state house of representatives [in Hawaii] heard an opening-session speaker urge that they 'not be tempted by the lust for power or personal gain.' Leimomi Mookini Lum also called for their 'will to persevere against the onslaught of special-interest groups'... Those words didn't come in testimony from critics or lobbyists,...

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Guest Professor from Malaysia Teaches About Islam, Media at Ithaca College

January 26, 2006

Source: The Ithacan

http://www.ithaca.edu/ithacan/articles/0601/26/news/7guest_pro.htm

On January 26, 2006 The Ithacan reported, "Ithaca College is one of 33 colleges and universities in the country to host a specialist this semester through a government program intended to promote understanding of the Muslim world. Mohammed Zin Nordin, an associate professor and dean of the School of Communication at the University Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia,...

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A Hindu and Muslim Reflect on Living in a Majority Christian Country

January 25, 2006

Source: FortWayne.com/Knight Ridder Newspapers

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/living/13707143.htm

On January 25, 2006 Knight Ridder Newspapers ran a feature article on non-Christians living in a predominantly Christian country. A Hindu (Arvind Khetia) and a Muslim (Rushdy El-Ghussein) both express their opinions. "Arvind Khetia, engineer and a Hindu [states,] 'People from all over the world come to America for freedom and opportunity... The...

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After Overcoming Many Obstacles, Howard County Mosque Soon to Open

January 25, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/25/AR2006012501029.html

On January 25, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "After nearly a decade of zoning battles, massive fundraising efforts and fervent prayers, the multimillion-dollar mosque for Howard County's burgeoning Muslim community is nearing completion. The 24,000-square-foot building sits on nearly seven wooded acres on Route 108 in...

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Muslim American Society Leader Speaks at World Economic Forum

January 25, 2006

Source: U.S. Newswire

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=59785

On January 25, 2006 a U.S. Newswire press release reported, "Muslim American Society (MAS) Freedom Foundation Executive Director Mahdi Bray arrived Jan. 24 in Davos, Switzerland, as an invited speaker to the World Economic Forum. The Forum, which hosts world leaders, academicians, activists and economists, focuses on measures to redress balance in the global economy. MAS Freedom will join...

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ALCU Sues Government to Allow Muslim Scholar to Enter U.S

January 25, 2006

Source: ABC News

Wire Service: AP

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1539722

On January 25, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "The ACLU sued the federal government Wednesday for blocking a Muslim scholar from entering the United States, arguing that the government should not use anti-terrorism laws as 'instruments of censorship.' The lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in U.S. District Court sought to open the way for...

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ACLU Speaks Out Against Retrying Al-Arian

January 25, 2006

Source: Oracle

http://www.usforacle.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2006/01/25/43d772a6e9aa5

On January 25, 2006 the Oracle reported, "Taking its first public stance on the terror-conspiracy trial of Sami Al-Arian, the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday urged the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida to dismiss the nine charges remaining against the former USF [University of Southern Florida] professor. In a...

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Authorities Crackdown on Serving Pork Soup to Homeless Population on Religious Grounds

January 25, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4644766.stm

On January 25, 2006 BBC News reported, "Charity groups with far-right links serving pork soup to homeless people face a crackdown by French officials. Protesters have accused the groups of deliberate discrimination against Jews and Muslims, who do not eat the meat.

Strasbourg officials have banned the hand-outs and police in Paris have closed soup kitchens in an effort to avert racial...

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British Muslim Leader Will Not Face Charges for Anti-Gay Comments

January 24, 2006

Source: Gay.com

http://uk.gay.com/headlines/9516

On January 24, 2006 Gay.com reported, "The leader of the Muslim Council of Britain will not face any charges over comments he made that accused gay people of spreading disease and civil partnerships as 'harmful'... He added that his beliefs were reflected by other religious leaders... The Metropolitan Police launched an inquiry after members of the public complained about the comments. They said the comments were offensive and homophobic....

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Influential Muslim Cleric Mourned in London

January 24, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4643942.stm

On January 24, 2006 BBC News reported, "Prince Charles and Tony Blair are among leading figures to have paid tribute to one of the UK's most influential Muslim clerics, Zaki Badawi, who has died. He was principal of the Muslim College in Britain and called for Muslims to engage fully with life in the country. Mr Blair described him as 'a wonderful mix of spirituality and practicality', while the prince said his death was...

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