Women

French Parliament Debates Islamic Veil Ban

July 6, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/10517707.stm

The French parliament is debating plans to ban the wearing of full Islamic veils in public.

The bill in front of the lower house would make it illegal to wear the niqab or burka anywhere in public.

It envisages fines of 150 euros (£119) for women who break the law and 30,000 euros and a year jail term for men who force their wives to wear the burka...

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D.C. Police Won't Intervene to Remove Women From Mosques

June 21, 2010

Author: Bill Myers

Source: Washington Examiner

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/D_C_-police-won_t-intervene-to-remove-women-from-mosques-96758814.html

The D.C. police department will no longer intervene in an ongoing protest by Islamic women over their place in area mosques, The Washington Examiner has learned.

A group of Muslim women has provoked confrontations in...

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Embracing the Love Of Amma, 'the Hugging Saint'

June 18, 2010

Author: Kurt Streeter

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/me-amma-20100618,0,6096819.story

Globalization is good and necessary, whispers the guru, her arms circling yet another stranger, her words translated into English by an attendee. "But at the same time, families are disintegrating, people are becoming isolated islands, there is no communication… there is no love."

So says Amma, the Indian-...

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Dispute Over Traffic Ticket, Veil Marks Extent Of Unease In France Over Muslims

June 14, 2010

Author: Edward Cody

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/13/AR2010061303280.html

It started as a traffic ticket, issued to a woman at the wheel whose vision police said was dangerously obstructed by a full-face Islamic veil.

Before long, the case expanded into allegations of polygamy and welfare fraud against her common-law husband, a French national of...

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Barcelona Will Ban Use Of Face-Covering Islamic Veil In City Buildings

June 14, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Star-Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.startribune.com/world/96290643.html

Barcelona is to become the first major Spanish city to bar the use of face-covering Islamic veils in municipal buildings.

City Mayor Jordi Hereu announced the measure Monday but insisted it was not specifically religious. He says it is aimed at all dress that impedes identification, and thus includes...

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Yemen's Elite Female Counter-Terrorism Force Takes On Al Qaeda

June 12, 2010

Author: Sarah A. Topol

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2010/0612/Yemen-s-elite-female-counter-terrorism-force-takes-on-Al-Qaeda

Kneeling on the ground, a row of women in black face masks squint their eyes, taking aim with their AK-47s before releasing rounds into stationary targets at a shooting range eight miles outside the capital,...

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Va. High Court Rules Against Anglican Breakaway Churches, but Dispute Isn't Over

June 11, 2010

Author: Michelle Boorstein

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/10/AR2010061002988.html

Virginia's Supreme Court struck a blow to Anglican conservatives Thursday, ruling against nine congregations who split from the Episcopal Church after a series of doctrinal disputes that culminated with the 2003 installation of an openly gay bishop.

At issue are...

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Anti-Islam Party's Success Worries Dutch Muslims

June 10, 2010

Author: Staff Writer/Lianne Turner

Source: CNN

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/06/10/anti-islam-partys-success-worries-dutch-muslims/

Opinion polls had predicted the anti-Muslim Party for Freedom would do well in Dutch elections this week - but not this well.

Led by the controversial politician Geert Wilders, the party nearly tripled its representation in parliament, from 9 seats to 24, according...

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Surge for Dutch Anti-Islam Freedom Party

June 10, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/10271153.stm

A Dutch anti-Islam party has more than doubled its seats in parliament in a national vote, though it is unclear if it will take part in a coalition.

Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders said he wanted to be part of government.

The election saw the centre-right Liberal Party (VVD) emerging as the largest party, one seat ahead of the centre-left Labour Party...

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First Woman to Lead Friday Prayers In UK

June 10, 2010

Author: Jerome Taylor

Source: The Independent

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/first-woman-to-lead-friday-prayers-in-uk-1996228.html

A Canadian author will become the first Muslim-born woman to lead a mixed-gender British congregation through Friday prayers tomorrow in a highly controversial move that will attempt to spark a debate about the role of female leadership within Islam.

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