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Lawsuit Claims Marriott Discriminated Against Muslim Women Seeking Employment

July 29, 2006

Source: The Courier-Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060729/NEWS01/607290394/1008

On July 29, 2006 The Courier-Journal reported, "Shortly after the Marriott Louisville Downtown opened to great fanfare last year, four women claimed they were denied jobs as housekeepers because each wore a hajib, a traditional Muslim hair covering.

A lawsuit filed this week accuses the hotel's owners of...

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Pending Anti-Pornography Legislation Test Muslims in Indonesia

July 29, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2006/07/30/anti_porno_fight_tests_muslim_tolerance_in_indonesia/

On July 29, 2006 Reuters reported, "A battle brewing over a draft anti-smut law has laid bare deep divisions within Indonesia and, say critics, threatens its traditionally tolerant approach to Islam. With parliament back...

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Sikh Play Protestor Loses Court Appeal

July 28, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/5223638.stm

On July 28, 2006 BBC News reported, "The use of anti-social behaviour laws to break up a protest by Sikhs against a controversial play worked well, the Court of Appeal has ruled. Pritpal Singh, of Coventry, brought a legal challenge after he was arrested for failing to leave a protest against Behzti at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. His lawyers said a 'lawful protest' should not be...

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Gulf Stream Council Launches Muslim Scout Troop

July 28, 2006

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-bc28troopjul28,0,7633613.story?coll=sfl-news-palmcomm

On July 28, 2006 South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported, "Hassene Chaabane has been a Boy Scout all his life, so he jumped at the recent opportunity to introduce scouting to a new group of youths. Chaabane, 31, who attends religious services at the Islamic Center of Boca Raton,...

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Interfaith Group Holds Anti-Death Penalty Vigil Before Execution

July 27, 2006

Source: WVLT-TV

http://www.volunteertv.com/Global/story.asp?S=5088082

WVLT-TV reported, "A group promoting alternatives to capital punishment in our state is holding a candlelight vigil Tuesday night in Knoxville. Members of the Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killings are demonstrating their opposition to Wednesday morning's execution. Volunteer TV's Gary Loe has more from the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church where folks are holding a prayer...

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New Baha'i Representative Begins at the United Nations

July 27, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/462

On July 27, 2006 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "Bringing wide-ranging experience in women's issues, civil society organization, and international development, Fulya Vekiloglu has joined the United Nations Office of the Baha'i International Community in New York as a representative to the United Nations. A native of Turkey, Ms. Vekiloglu arrived in New York in June 2006. She will work alongside Bani Dugal, who is...

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Hindu Temples Destroyed in Kashmir to be Reconstructed

July 25, 2006

Source: Hindu Press International/Rediff

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2006/7/27.shtml#2

On July 25, 2006 Rediff reported, "An amalgam of 16 Kashmiri Pandit Organizations have formed a trust for restoration and reconstruction of over 200 temples and shrines destroyed by Islamic militancy in the valley and demanded financial aid from the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir... He... urged Kashmiri Muslims, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to...

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Muslim Scouting Serves as a Cultural Bridge

July 25, 2006

Source: VOA News

http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-07-25-voa48.cfm

On July 25, 2006 VOA News reported, "The girls recite the Scout Oath: 'I will try to serve God and my country, to help people all the time, and to live by the Girl Scout law.' Every Friday evening, Amina, her friend Thuraya, and several other girls gather in this classroom at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society or ADAMS in Sterling, Virginia. They belong to a Brownie troop, a Girl Scout group for six...

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Muslim Council of Britain Embarks on Tour of U.K.

July 25, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/5212616.stm

On July 25, 2006 BBC News reported, "The Muslim Council of Britain is seeking to widen its appeal by embarking on a tour of the U.K. The MCB's recently-elected head, Muhammad Abdul Bari, said he was looking forward to meeting a 'diverse range' of Muslims. The MCB is the largest Muslim body in the UK, but has faced criticism that it does not represent all the community. Over the last 18 months two major...

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Muslim Inmate Ordered to Handle Pork May Sue Prison Staff

July 25, 2006

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/politics/15119889.htm

On July 25, 2006 The Associated Press reported, "Prison staff who punished a Muslim inmate for refusing to handle pork do not have immunity from his religious-freedom suit, a federal appeals court ruled.

Henry Williams sued on First Amendment grounds, saying he lost his cook's job and was restricted to his cell for 30 days after refusing to...

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Flap Over Cross at Vietnam Memorial in San Diego on its Way to High Court

July 25, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

Wire Service: AP

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/07/25/flap_over_a_san_diego_cross_wends_its_way_to_high_court/

On July 25, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Ronald Reagan had just left office, the Christian Coalition was new, 'values' had yet to become a buzzword of American politics, and six of the current U.S. Supreme Court justices...

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Congresswoman to Honor Muslim Free Clinic in Los Angeles for Ten Years of Service

July 25, 2006

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=385

On July 25, 2006 Muslim Public Affairs Council reported, "On Wednesday, July 26, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) will recognize the historic contribution of a Muslim-run community health clinic in Los Angeles on the floor of the House of Representatives. UMMA Community Clinic will be saluted for its exceptional, decade-long contribution to the health of South Los Angeles residents, Yasser Aman, UMMA's...

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Sikh Honored as an Outstanding Asian American Businessman

July 24, 2006

Source: Sikh Sangat

http://www.sikhsangat.org/publish/article_1200.shtml

On July 24, 2006 the Sikh Sangat reported, "The Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) recently honored Navneet Singh Narula, a Senior Management Consultant with Accenture LLP, as the 'Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business.' The Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business is the nation's most prestigious Asian American Business award program that highlights the contributions and...

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Muslim Women's Group Characterized by Youthful Energy, Leadership

July 24, 2006

Source: The Missourian

http://columbiamissourian.com/news/story.php?ID=20747

On July 24, 2006 The Missourian reported, "Despite the heat of the summer day, Fatouma Ibrahima poured herself a cup of steaming coffee before sitting down to take notes at a lecture at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri on Saturday. She’d already had a busy weekend with work and school. 'I haven’t slept in 48 hours, but I need this,' she said of the lecture — not the coffee...

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Church-State Lines Not Always Drawn in Faith Based Initiatives, Review Finds

July 24, 2006

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/196/story_19627_1.html

On July 24, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "An examination of the White House's faith-based initiative has found that some organizations are not separating religious activities from federally funded services. At the request of two members of Congress, the U.S. General Accountability Office spent more than a year conducting a review of federal and state agencies related to the...

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