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Update: Man Sentenced for Attempted Firebombing of El Paso Islamic Center

June 23, 2005

Source: El Paso Times

http://www.borderlandnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050623/NEWS/506230345/1001

On June 23, 2005 the El Paso Times reported, "A 58-year-old Lower Valley man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 14 years in prison in the attempted firebombing in September of the Islamic Center of El Paso, federal officials said. Antonio Flores was convicted of tossing a Molotov cocktail into the center's back yard where...

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Metro Atlanta's Masjid Abdullah a Place of Prayer for a Diverse and Growing Faithful

June 22, 2005

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/gwinnett/0605/22mosque.html

On June 22, 2005 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, "The popularity of the [Masjid Abdullah], which has undergone two expansions since it opened three years ago, speaks to the rapid growth of two groups in Gwinnett County: Muslims and Africans. Gwinnett is now home to at least seven mosques and Islamic centers, including three that have...

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Jordan's King Abdallah Wins Tolerance Award from Wiesenthal Centre

June 22, 2005

Source: Daily Times

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_22-6-2005_pg4_7

On June 22, 2005 Reuters reported, "Jordan’s King Abdullah II, following in the footsteps of his late father, was Tuesday handed the 2005 Tolerance Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a Jewish human rights group. Past recipients of the award include the late Pope John Paul II, the Dalai Lama and former...

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In Queens, the Islamic Thinkers Society Offers a Voice of Protest and Controversy

June 22, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/22/nyregion/22islamic.html?

On June 22, 2005 The New York Times reported, "The young Muslim men, with beards and bullhorns, work the streets of Jackson Heights on the weekends. They surface at parades and protests around the city, loudly declaring America the enemy and advocating for an Islamic state. Several weeks ago, they publicly tore up an American flag as payback for the reported desecration of the...

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Update: Protecting "People Not Faiths," Religious Hatred Bill Moves Forward

June 22, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/4114582.stm

On June 22, 2005 BBC News reported, "The government has survived a backbench revolt over its plans for a new law to ban the incitement to religious hatred. An amendment from a coalition of Tory and Lib Dem MPs to block the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill failed by 303 votes to 246, giving a majority of 57.

Critics, including comic actor Rowan Atkinson, say the measure will limit...

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Religious Hate Bill Faces Late Rebellion

June 21, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/homeaffairs/story/0,11026,1511254,00.html

On June 21, 2005 The Guardian reported, "The government faces a backbench rebellion tonight on one of its flagship manifesto pledges, when MPs vote on whether to create a new offence of 'inciting religious hatred.' Twenty-five Labour MPs rebelled when the measure was last put before parliament. Now, with Labour's majority reduced to 68 at the election, and...

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Muslims Killed in South as Violence Continues

June 21, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AFP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20050621/wl_asia_afp/thailandsouthunresttoll_050621045240

On June 21, 2005 Agence France-Presse reported, "Suspected separatists shot dead three Muslim men, including one found clutching a Koran, in the latest killings in violence-plagued southern Thailand, police said.

Five suspected militants stormed a house in Pattani province...

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Muslim-Hindu Wedding A Glimmer of Hope in Kashmir

June 21, 2005

Source: Outlook India

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=305744

On June 21, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "The lone pandit of Mattan town in Anantnag district of south Kashmir is a relieved man today, his daughter married off with a helping hand from Muslim neighbours. 'They not only decorated my house for the bridegroom's reception, but made each and every arrangement including "rangoli" (typical of...

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Update: French Imam, Tried in Absentia, Cleared of All Charges

June 21, 2005

Source: Las Vegas Sun

Wire Service: AP

http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/w-eur/2005/jun/21/062107668.html

On June 21, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A Muslim cleric who condoned wife-beating in a widely publicized interview that alarmed the government last year was cleared of criminal charges on Tuesday.

Abdelkader Bouziane, whose comments prompted the government to expel him to his native...

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Update: After Adelanto Arson, Teens Arrested for Shooting and Burning Mosque Ruins

June 20, 2005

Source: Daily Press Newspaper

http://www.vvdailypress.com/2005/111927395764334.html

On June 20, 2005 the Daily Press Newspaper reported, "Two Victorville teens were arrested Sunday afternoon on suspicion of shooting and burning what remained of a mosque that was burned earlier this month. Allan Pichel, 18, was booked into the Victor Valley jail on suspicion of arson and felony vandalism. The 16-year-old who was with Pichel was booked into the West Valley Juvenile...

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Opinion: Religious Hatred Bill Crosses Line, Too Careless in Curtailing Freedom of Expression

June 19, 2005

Source: The Observer

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,6903,1509735,00.html

On June 19, 2005 The Observer ran an opinion piece by Will Hutton on the reintroduced religious hatred bill. Hutton writes, "[T]he Racial and Religious Hatred Bill has been reintroduced, a seemingly more than justified response to [protect Muslims from abuse]...It all sounds extremely reasonable, but it isn't. It has crossed another line that is no less dangerous in...

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Update: In LA, a Muslim Town Hall Meeting Discusses Woman-Led Prayer

June 19, 2005

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/main/archives/2005/06/as_you_are_you.php

On June 19, 2005 Muslim Wake Up! reported, "Since the March 18th prayer led by Amina Wadud in New York and co-sponsored by muslimwakeup.com and the Muslim Women’s Freedom Tour, the Muslim community’s excitement, confusion, and even outrage led the Progressive Muslim Union of North America (PMU), which endorsed the prayer, to take two concrete actions...

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