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Looking At Islamic Center Debate, World Sees U.S.

August 25, 2010

Author: Thanassis Cambanis

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/26/world/26islamic.html?ref=religion_and_belief

For more than two decades, Abdelhamid Shaari has been lobbying a succession of governments in Milan for permission to build a mosque for his congregants — any mosque at all, in any location.

For now, he leads Friday Prayer in a stadium normally used for rock concerts. When sites...

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Triangle Muslims Devote Efforts to Disaster Relief

August 24, 2010

Author: Mark Hensch

Source: The News Observer

http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/08/24/644394/triangle-muslims-devote-efforts.html

For Pakistani Muslims in the Triangle, this year's observance of Ramadan is especially poignant, as they watch their homeland try to recover from massive floods that have killed 1,500 and left 6 million homeless.

During the monthlong Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink...

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Proposed Muslim Center Draws Opposing Protests

August 22, 2010

Author: Michael Grynbaum

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/23/nyregion/23protest.html?ref=religion_and_belief

Around noon on Sunday, Michael Rose, a medical student from Brooklyn, approached some of the hundreds of protesters who had gathered near ground zero to rally against a mosque and Islamic center planned for the neighborhood.

Mr. Rose, 27, carried a handwritten sign in favor of the...

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In Tenn., Mosque Location Isn't The Issue: Religion Is

August 19, 2010

Author: Blake Farmer

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129302961

Many of the opponents of a proposed Islamic center near the World Trade Center site have made the case that an Islamic center is fine — just not there. But in other parts of the country, people are saying, "Not here, either." A new Islamic center is going up near Nashville, Tenn., and as in New York, the proposal has fractured the...

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In This Town, Open Arms for a Mosque

August 18, 2010

Author: Peter Applebome

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/19/nyregion/19towns.html?_r=1&ref=religion_and_belief

In the boiling caldron of American outrage, here’s one to throw in the pot.

In this faded industrial town on the Erie Canal, the old United Methodist church downtown is being turned into a mosque, the old roof topped with minarets, the crescent moon and star of Islam on...

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Roadside Crosses for Fallen Utah Police Unconstitutional, Court Rules

August 18, 2010

Author: Warren Richey

Source: Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2010/0818/Roadside-crosses-for-fallen-Utah-police-unconstitutional-court-rules

A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that roadside crosses erected to memorialize fallen Utah Highway Patrol officers violate the First Amendment’s prohibition of government endorsement of religion.

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New Florence Mosque Draws Criticism

August 17, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WLWT

http://www.wlwt.com/r/24667769/detail.html

A new mosque that is set to be built in Florence is coming under fire.

Organizers said the mosque will be built on a 5.5 acre site on Cayton Road, near the Florence Mall.

City officials said someone is passing out fliers denouncing the mosque and calling on residents to get the city to stop the project

Couple's Religion, Vermont Land-Use Ruling At Odds

August 15, 2010

Author: Dave Gram

Source: The Connecticut Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Couple-s-religion-Vermont-land-use-ruling-at-odds-616611.php

To Richard and Joan Downing, the 24-foot-tall cross on a hilltop on their property is an expression of their faith. To a state commission that regulates land use, it is out of character with the natural beauty of the...

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Oklahoma Muslims Planning to Educate And Give Back to Others During Ramadan

August 14, 2010

Author: Carla Hinton

Source: The Oklahoman

http://newsok.com/muslims-planning-to-educate-and-give-back-to-others-during-ramadan/article/3485122

Muslims who gather today for prayer at an Oklahoma City mosque will bring food donations to be given to the needy in the community.

The food drive is part of a statewide initiative spearheaded by the Islamic Council of Oklahoma during Ramadan, the holy...

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