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Opinion: "Cartoon Conflicts"

February 6, 2006

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/cartoonprotests/story/0,,1703496,00.html?gusrc=rss

On February 6, 2006 The Guardian ran an opinion piece by Tariq Ramadan, a prominent Swiss Muslim scholar, on the controversy surrounding cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Ramadan comments, "It is critical we find a way out of this infernal circle and demand from those stoking this fire that they stop their polemics at once and create a space for...

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Tarek Fatah Asks, "What Would Prophet Muhammad Have Done?"

February 4, 2006

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/main/archives/2006/02/what_would_prop.php#more

On February 4, 2006 Muslim Wake Up! ran an opinion piece by Tarek Fatah, host of a weekly TV show on CTS-TV, The Muslim Chronicle, and the communication director of the Muslim Canadian Congress. Fatah writes, "Keep to forgiveness (O Muhammad), and enjoin kindness, and turn away from the ignorant. - The Qur'an, Chapter 7, Verse 199. During his...

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At the National Prayer Breakfast, Increased Diversity and a Call for Faith-Based Responses to Poverty

February 2, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/184/story_18477_1.html

On February 2, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "President Bush and rock star Bono, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday (Feb. 2), preached messages promoting faith-based activism on behalf of the world's poor. Bono, a musician with the Irish band U2, has drawn attention in recent years to those afflicted by AIDS and poverty in...

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Opinion: "Shutting Out a Voice for Islam"

February 2, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2006/02/02/shutting_out_a_voice_for_islam/

On February 2, 2006 the The Boston Globe ran an opinion piece by Diana Eck, professor of comparative religion at Harvard University, president of the American Academy of Religion, and director of the Pluralism Project. "Why is the American Academy of Religion, with more than 10,000...

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SALDEF Meets with Attorney General to Discuss Sikh Concerns

February 2, 2006

Source: Sikh News Network

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/RecentNewsHTML/EE221168D3BD0B3F8725710900664187!OpenDocument

On February 2, 2006 the Sikh News Network reported, "On Monday the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), the nation’s oldest Sikh American civil rights advocacy organization, met with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to discuss a variety of issues relevant to the Sikh...

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Faith-Based Groups Respond to Immigration Crisis

February 2, 2006

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0202/p13s02-lihc.html?s=hns

On February 2, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "As the US Senate and state legislatures take up the hot political issue of immigration reform, religious voices are joining others in calling for a more comprehensive approach. While faith leaders support the need to enforce the law and protect national security, many say that a strict emphasis on enforcement...

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Amidst Protests and Free-Speech Concerns, Religious Hate Bill Modified

February 1, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4664398.stm

On February 1, 2006 BBC News reported, "The government has suffered two shock defeats over attempts to overturn Lords changes to the controversial Racial and Religious Hatred Bill. In a blow to Tony Blair's authority, MPs voted by 288 votes to 278 to back a key Lords amendment to the bill, which targets incitement to religious hatred. The prime minister voted in the first division but not in the second...

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Interfaith Group Writes “A Faithful State of Union Address”

January 31, 2006

Source: Faithful America

http://www.faithfulamerica.org/

On January 31, 2006 Faithful America issued a "Faithful State of the Union" address. "Much has been said of the wisdom that has guided this great nation across the centuries; the wisdom of its founders, its constitution, and, at a few pivotal times, its elected leaders. Yet thousands of years before there was a United States of America, the Hebrew Prophet Micah proclaimed in just a few words what would be a moral standard for...

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Changes Urged to Religious Hate Bill

January 30, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4660894.stm

On January 30, 2006 BBC News reported, "A coalition of politicians, writers and artists is trying to persuade ministers to accept changes made by peers to the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill. Demonstrators are expected outside Parliament when the bill returns to the Commons on Tuesday after being substantially amended in the Lords. Peers voted to restrict terms of the bill to threatening words or...

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Orlando Baha'i Conference Focuses on Service

January 30, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=425

On January 30, 2006 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "William Davis [delivered the keynote speech] at the annual Baha'i Conference on Social and Economic Development for the Americas held 15-18 December 2005. The address by Mr. Davis exemplified the theme for the conference, which this year was 'Make a Beginning: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Service'... 'Baha'is responded quickly and...

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ACLU Files Suit Against Patriot Act Clause on Behalf of Ramadan, Academic Organizations

January 26, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/26/national/26suit.html?_r=2

On January 26, 2006 The New York Times reported, "Citing the case of a prominent Muslim scholar barred from the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to strike down a clause of the USA Patriot Act that bars foreigners who endorse terrorism from entering this country. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan...

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Hawaiian Legislature United in Diverse Prayers

January 26, 2006

Source: Star Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2002/01/26/features/story1.html

On January 26, 2006 the Star Bulletin reported, "Members of the state house of representatives [in Hawaii] heard an opening-session speaker urge that they 'not be tempted by the lust for power or personal gain.' Leimomi Mookini Lum also called for their 'will to persevere against the onslaught of special-interest groups'... Those words didn't come in testimony from critics or lobbyists,...

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ACLU Speaks Out Against Retrying Al-Arian

January 25, 2006

Source: Oracle

http://www.usforacle.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2006/01/25/43d772a6e9aa5

On January 25, 2006 the Oracle reported, "Taking its first public stance on the terror-conspiracy trial of Sami Al-Arian, the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday urged the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida to dismiss the nine charges remaining against the former USF [University of Southern Florida] professor. In a...

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ALCU Sues Government to Allow Muslim Scholar to Enter U.S

January 25, 2006

Source: ABC News

Wire Service: AP

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1539722

On January 25, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "The ACLU sued the federal government Wednesday for blocking a Muslim scholar from entering the United States, arguing that the government should not use anti-terrorism laws as 'instruments of censorship.' The lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in U.S. District Court sought to open the way for...

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