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This is What the NYPD’s Failed Muslim Surveillance Program Actually Looked Like
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On Tuesday, the NYPD announced it would dismantle its Demographics Unit, the controversial squad of plainclothes officers tasked with monitoring and gathering intelligence in New York’s Muslim neighborhoods.

Latent and manifest Islamophobia: An inception of ideas
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Has the Islamophobia industry used fear to lull our intellect to sleep and implant racist ideas about Muslims?

Christopher Nolan’s 2010 movie “Inception” engaged the world of dreams and the complexity around the sources and materials that produce feelings and experiences in the mind.

Q&A with Islamic studies scholar John L. Esposito
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Q: What made you interested in Islamic-Christian relations?

A: Obviously, I have a strong Christian background. I realized that if we are going to talk about a Judeo-Christian tradition, then we should be talking about a Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition — that there is a connection.

Islamophobic Florida Republican Would Legalize Textbook Censorship
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by Dean Obeidallah

A state senator who says Muslims threaten America and gays deserve to die of AIDS wants to give more control to local school boards after a hate group asked students to tear out one book’s chapter on Islam.

NYPD stops Muslim surveillance program
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The NYPD has disbanded a special unit that was at the center of the controversy surrounding surveillance of the Muslim community and has reassigned its officers, a police spokesman said Tuesday.

‘Google Doodle’ marks 888th birthday of Muslim philosopher Averroes
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Google is getting philosophical with its latest ‘Doodle’, which today marks the 888th birthday of the Muslim thinker Averroes. The search giant regularly transforms its logo to celebrate famous people, historical events or notable dates, and on Monday chose a tribute to the philosopher Averroes, who was also known as Ibn Rushd.

Visiting professor discusses history of Islamic law in 15th century al-Andalus
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Jocelyn Hendrickson, a history, classics and religious studies professor at the University of Alberta, said the history of the Spanish conquest of al-Andalus in the 15th century includes issues that are still very relevant to Muslims today.

KKK: We Aren’t Hatefilled Terrorists, We Are Peaceful Christians
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Just last month the KKK (which has seen an increase in membership) was dropping off leaflets in Virginia on peoples lawns, claiming they aren’t hate-filled terrorists but peaceful Christians.

U.S. right wing extremists more deadly than jihadists
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On Sunday, a man shot and killed a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and then drove to a nearby Jewish retirement community where he shot and killed a third person. Police arrested a suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross, who shouted “Heil Hitler” after he was taken into custody.

Neighbors To Fight Mosque Expansion Again
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By Ashley Knight

The Islamic center on East Drive in Mobile is tattered and torn. Its president, Shafik Hammami has requested redevelopment, but was turned down last year by city council. And they aren’t the only ones with objections.

Islamic centre under second ‘hate’ attack
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(SBS.com)

Operators of Australia’s biggest Islamic centre have appealed for better police protection, after an attack that has caused extensive damage.

Oral Traditions in Islam and Judaism
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by JustStoppingBy

One of the sources of Islamophobia and Judeophobia is the selective quoting of religious passages that, either taken out of their literal context or without the context of how they have been interpreted, suggest that the adherents of Islam and Judaism repeat and harbor seemingly harsh views.

NASA’s Tahani Amer: Amazing Muslim American Woman
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(NASA)

I have always strived to live by three simple principles: Please God and you will please all. Education is the key to opportunity. Serve others with compassion and kindness.

When Neo-Cons And Liberals Unite: The Case of Anti-Muslim Crusader Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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By Garibaldi

For far too long Liberal and Neo-Con supporters of Ayaan Hirsi Ali have either ignored, evaded, denied or flat out refused to acknowledge the existence of her hateful beliefs and agenda.

Shia’ Cleric in Unprecedented Symbolic Gesture to Bahai’s: Calls For Co-existence And An End to Persecution
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In a symbolic and unprecedented move, Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani, announced today that he has gifted to the Baha’is of the world an illuminated work of calligraphy of a paragraph from the writings of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith.

CoE report confirms concerns about Islamophobia in Denmark
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(Today’s Zaman)

The report, published March 24, is based on the examinations of Nils Muiznieks, commissioner for human rights of the CoE, during his visit to Denmark in November of last year.

No One Helped A Muslim Teen When A Man Spat On Her, Called Her A Terrorist: Reports
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A man on board a New York City bus allegedly spat on a 15-year-old Muslim girl on Tuesday, pushed her, and called her a “terrorist.” DNAinfo reports police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Canada: Man Charged with Racial Assault on Muslim Teenage girl
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What’s up with these violent old White males attacking Muslim female teenagers? Is this part of an effort to liberate them? A Hamilton man is charged with assault after he allegedly yelled racial slurs at a teenage Muslim girl and chased her out of her apartment building.

Police calls on Sri Lanka’s violent BBS but action unlikely
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(W3lanka)

Sri Lanka police has summoned the general secretary of the Buddhist extremist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero to appear in Slave Island police on April 12th to question him on the incident that took place at Hotel Nippon.

Bagram detainee haunted by ‘mental torture’
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(Dawn)

Accused with a friend of transporting bombs in 2005, he has maintained his innocence —and an official record shows his captors suspected the same.