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Gubernatorial Candidate Dumps Anti-Islam Preacher

September 23, 2006

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/states/florida/counties/broward_county/15588239.htm

On September 23, 2006 The Miami Herald reported, "The Rev. O'Neal Dozier suffered another political slap Friday.

Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist told his staff to take the Pompano Beach minister off all his campaign committees. The move comes after the Rev. Dozier characterized Islam...

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Human Rights Activist Argues Against French Ban Before UN Committee

September 23, 2006

Source: Sikh Sangat

http://www.sikhsangat.org/publish/article_1378.shtml

On September 23, 2006 the Sikh Sangat reported, "The Pakistan Human rights activist Asma Jahangir who has taken up the ban on issue of Sikh turban in France with the United Nations has expressed shock over the French government's attitude towards religious symbols. She had in vain argued the case before a 45 member council of United Nations on Freedom of religion. The issue was taken up on Friday...

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Controversial Muslim Leader Receives Award, Despite Protests

September 22, 2006

Source: The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles

http://www.jewishjournal.com/home/preview.php?id=16513

On September 22, 2006 The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles reported, "At a meeting that featured catcalls, standing ovations and the ejection of a disruptive audience member, Los Angeles' County Human Relations Commission voted again Monday to give an award to Dr. Maher Hathout, a local Muslim leader whose harsh rhetoric on Israel generated accusations of...

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Public Libraries May Ban Religious Services in Meeting Spaces

September 21, 2006

Source: Metropolitan News-Enterprise

http://www.metnews.com/articles/2006/fait092106.htm

On September 21, 2006 Metropolitan News-Enterprise reported, "Public libraries which open their meeting rooms to private groups can prohibit use of the rooms for religious worship, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday. The court reversed U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White of the Northern District of California, who granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting...

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CAIR Launches Fundraising Campaign for Repairing Churches Damaged in Reaction to Pope's Comments

September 21, 2006

Source: Brandenton Herald

http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/15574754.htm

On September 21, 2006 the Brandenton Herald reported, "The Council on American-Islamic Relations presented a check for $5,000 this afternoon to the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg as seed money for a campaign to fund the repair of churches damaged by violence in reaction to Pope Benedict's comments. Organizers of the American-Muslim grassroots campaign hope to take the effort worldwide....

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Op/ed: "Now For the Real Debate" by Tariq Ramadan

September 21, 2006

Source: The Globe and Mail

http://kabobfest.blogspot.com/2006/09/weekend-reading-real-debate.html

On September 21, 2006 The Globe and Mail published a commentary by Tariq Ramadan, "A few sentences by the Pope were sufficient to touch off a firestorm. Throughout the Muslim world, religious leaders, politicians and intellectuals joined their voices to masses angered by a perceived 'insult' to their faith. Most did not read the speech; others reliedon a...

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Pompano Beach Ministers to Distribute Anti-Islam Comic Books

September 19, 2006

Source: Local 10

http://www.justnews.com/news/9883283/detail.html

On September 19, 2006 Local 10 reported, "A coalition of ministers led by the Rev. O'Neal Dozier plan to distribute comic strip booklets about the Islam religion, which they believe 'teaches evil and hatred,' in opposition to a zoning change that allows the Islamic Center of South Florida to begin construction on a new mosque in a predominantly black community. The city council voted 3-2 in June to...

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Educators Struggle to Uphold Dress Codes in Light of Religious Accommodations

September 19, 2006

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/fortbend/news/4191316.html

On September 19, 2006 the Houston Chronicle reported, "When Principal James May took over I.H. Kempner High School, a pecan-tree-lined campus named after the Imperial Sugar founder, the 35-year public school veteran found himself facing a new sort of quandary. Although the Sugar Land school has a dress code barring goatees and short skirts alike, a number of...

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Virginia Muslims Active in Fight Against Global Warming

September 18, 2006

Source: Augusta Free Press

http://www.augustafreepress.com/stories/storyReader$40562

On September 18, 2006 the Augusta Free Press reported, "'In the Koran, God said that He created nature in a balance or mizam, and that it is mankind's responsibility to maintain this fragile equilibrium,' says Richmond-based Islamic leader Dr. Imad Damaj. 'We cannot maintain it by blaming each other, but must do so by working together.'

Last week, the faith-based...

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Bill Held Up by Controversial Provision on Military Chaplains' Prayers

September 18, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/19/washington/19chaplains.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

On September 18, 2006 The New York Times reported, "A bill that sets the Pentagon’s spending levels is being held up by controversy over a provision that would allow military chaplains to offer sectarian prayers at nondenominational military events.

The provision, which is being pushed by Representative Duncan Hunter,...

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Who Defines a "Moderate Muslim"?

September 17, 2006

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/politics/cal/la-me-muslim17sep17,1,2367611.story

On September 17, 2006 the Los Angeles Times reported, "Who is a moderate Muslim?

Is it Maher Hathout, the Los Angeles Muslim leader who has promoted interfaith relations and women's equality but denounced Israel as a brutal apartheid regime?

Is it Tashbih Sayyed, a journalist based in Alta Loma, Calif., who...

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Opinion: "The Hizbullah Factor Poses Dilemma for American Muslim Charities"

September 15, 2006

Source: New America Media/Pakistan Link

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=f5e2553d18ad7755b0ac44cd4023dbae

On September 15, 2006 New America Media/Pakistan Link published a commentary by Abdus Sattar Ghazali, executive editor of the online magazine American Muslim Perspective: "Attracting charities to help rebuild Lebanon in the aftermath of Israeli rampage has once again highlighted the problem faced by...

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Five Years Later, Some Muslims Say Life Returning to Normal

September 14, 2006

Source: Lowell Sun

http://www.lowellsun.com/local/ci_4336929

On September 14, 2006 Lowell Sun reported, "In the days immediately following the Sept. 11 attacks, Jaafar Hammoumi says, many Americans questioned Muslim neighbors about their faith and sought answers about what could have led people to commit such horrible acts. 'They figured out, finally, that it has nothing to do with Islam. It's just there are bad people everywhere,' says Hammoumi, a 41-year-old Chelmsford...

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Archbishop of York Says Christians and Muslims are Allies Against Secularism

September 13, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/north_yorkshire/5343940.stm

On September 13, 2006 BBC News reported, "The Archbishop of York has said British Christians should see Muslims as allies in the struggle against secularism. In a speech at York Minster, Dr John Sentamu said British Muslims were not offended by Christianity and preferred it to a secular state... He also said Britain had been damaged by the downgrading of religion...

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