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Threats, intimidation part of investigation of arson at Murfreesboro Islamic Center site
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‘Not welcome’ – sign at Murfreesboro Islamic Center site defaced in January this yearThreats and intimidation are part of a widening investigation into the vandalism at the site of the planned new Islamic Center in Murfreesboro.




Vigil in support of Murfreesboro Islamic Center meets opposition
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Muslim Mark West believes in freedom of religion. That belief brought West out Monday night to a candle light vigil in support of local Muslims in front of the Rutherford County Courthouse.It also inspired the lifelong Baptist to make a donation to the building fund for a new mosque near Murfreesboro.




Arson at Murfreesboro Islamic Center site
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Carmie Ayash, spokeswoman for the ICM, told The DNJ Islamic Center officials were contacted by the sheriff’s department around 1:30 a.m. Saturday in reference to the damaged equipment. It appeared gasoline had been poured on several pieces of equipment at the site and one was lit afire.




Tad Stahnke: A Time for Tolerance: Pushing Back on Hate-filled Rhetoric Around the “Ground Zero Mosque”
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I have spent my career fighting for religious freedom and combating discrimination at home and abroad, first at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and now at Human Rights First.




Cabbie-Stabber had “anti-Muslim” Diary
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Michael Enright, the raging drunk who nearly killed a Muslim cab-driver in Manhattan this week, is being held without bail following his arraignment on hate crime charges. Enright, a film student, is finishing a documentary about Marines serving in Afghanistan, where he was embedded earlier this year for 35 days.




New York: Mayor Bloomberg welcomes Ahmed Sharif to City Hall
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Yesterday at City Hall, Mayor Bloomberg met with Ahmed Sharif, the cab driver who was stabbed by a drunken passenger because of his religion. Despite the harrowing experience, and the lingering trauma from the attack, Sharif affirmed his love for NYC: “I feel like I belong here.




Muslim cab driver stabbed in New York
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As the cab neared east 41st Street, about a block away from Enright’s destination at 42nd Street and Third Avenue, he barked, “This is the checkpoint motherf—er. I have to f— you up this time,” police said. That’s when Enright allegedly pulled out a silver-colored folding knife and slashed Ahmed in the throat, arm and face through the taxicab partition.




Four police officers charged with assault on Babar Ahmad
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The officers, all members of the Metropolitan Police’s territorial support group, will be charged with causing actual bodily harm. The Crown Prosecution Service said Pcs Nigel Cowley, John Donohue, Roderick James-Bowen and Mark Jones will appear before magistrates on September 22.