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Eid Works to Build Muslim Trust

May 19, 2007

Author: Hector Gutierrez

Source: Rocky Mountain News

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_5545248,00.html

Colorado U.S. Attorney Troy Eid stood before about 70 Muslim men and women Friday night and spoke of his pride in being part Egyptian from his father's side.

Eid said he grew up facing prejudices because of his dark complexion and told the story of how angry he became when his...

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Open House at Mosque of Suspects Proves Tense

May 19, 2007

Author: Kareem Fahim

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/19/nyregion/19meeting.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

PALMYRA, N.J., May 18 — The man sat in the back row of the mosque, his arms folded, unsure whether his hard opinions would change.

“I’m concerned about the Muslims,” the man, Richard Smekal, 68, said just before an open house at the mosque, the Islamic Center of South...

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"Muslim History in U.S. Full of Surprises," a Commentary by Gregory Kane

May 19, 2007

Author: Gregory Kane

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.kane19may19001518,0,3712448.column

Where was one of the first mosques in the United States located?

You might think somewhere in Michigan, with its large Arab-American population. Or maybe cosmopolitan places like New York City or Chicago. You'd be wrong in all three cases. But in searching for the answer, you'd get...

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Islamic Community in Minnesota Faces Growing Pains

May 18, 2007

Author: FRED DE SAM LAZARO

Source: News Hour, PBS

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/social_issues/jan-june07/clash_05-18.html

Almost 50,000 of the growing immigrant population in Minneapolis and St. Paul are Somali Muslims, who have been arriving steadily since civil war wracked their home country in 1991. The NewsHour presents a report on the Muslim community's efforts at integration. FRED DE SAM LAZARO, NewsHour Correspondent:...

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Mosque Plan Forges Ahead

May 18, 2007

Author: Tony Burchyns

Source: Morgan Hill Times

http://morganhilltimes.com/news/contentview.asp?c=214626

Morgan Hill - Plans to build the region's first mosque on 15 acres in San Martin are weeks away from beginning their long march through the county planning process.

After handing in pre-application materials last summer to the Santa Clara County Department of Planning and Development, developers of the mosque - South Valley Islamic...

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Islamic Cultural Center Gets the Go-Ahead in Serra Mesa

May 18, 2007

Author: Chet Barfield

Source: The Union-Tribune

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20070518-9999-1m18afghan.html

SAN DIEGO – A local Afghan group won unanimous approval last night from a San Diego community advisory board to open an Islamic religious and cultural center in Serra Mesa.

More than 65 residents filled a library meeting room for the issue before the Serra Mesa Community Planning Group. Last June,...

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Senator Kerry Pushes for Religious Tolerance, Better Care of Environment

May 18, 2007

Author: John Smith

Source: Adventist News Network

http://news.adventist.org/data/2007/04/1179506794/index.html.en

On a night dedicated to recognizing and upholding religious freedom for all, key speaker and United States Senator John Kerry rallied behind a bill designed to protect the rights of people of faith, including Sabbath-keepers, in the workplace. Kerry spoke to a room of 200 guests at the fifth annual religious liberty dinner...

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3 Firms Pull Ads on KOA Program

May 17, 2007

Author: Will Shanley

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_5913310

At least three metro-area businesses have asked radio station KOA-850 AM to pull their advertisements from the "Gunny Bob" Newman show following remarks about Muslims made last week by the conservative talk-show host.

The companies, Excel Roofing, Ralph Schomp Automotive and Three Tomatoes Catering, asked that the ads run in different time slots on KOA after being petitioned...

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"Is Religious Freedom for Everyone?" a Commentary by Michael Novak

May 17, 2007

Author: Michael Novak

Source: Spero News

http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?id=9476

I want to talk a little bit about three different approaches to religious liberty: one in atheist countries such as France and two different approaches within the United States. Then I will conclude with a few words about Islam—a story not yet fully developed but of great importance to the rest of this century.

Atheists in Europe have their own...

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Sikh American Student in Alabama Allowed to Return to School with Both Turban and Hair Intact

"An Interfaith View: Flying While Muslim," a Commentary by Lawrence Swaim

May 11, 2007

Author: Lawrence Swaim

Source: Infocus News

http://www.infocusnews.net/content/view/14705/286/

When Omar Mohammedi filed a lawsuit in defense of six Imams who were unceremoniously kicked off a US Airways flight, he thought he was engaging in straightforward civil rights litigation. Then Kevin J. Hasson, President of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, offered free legal services to John Does cited in the lawsuit. In an open letter to Nihad Awad,...

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