Thursday, November 15, 2018   

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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.




Shot Fired During Morning Prayer Service at South Suburban Mosque
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The Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) is calling for an FBI hate crime investigation after the single shot was discharged through the dome of mosque around 6:05 a.m. Tuesday, according to a release on the website.




ABC cancels controversial pilot Alice of Arabia following backlash
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by Rebecca Nicholson, theguardian.com, Monday 24 March 2014 10.33 EDT

Script, about an American girl kidnapped by her Saudi Arabian family, had been condemned by Council on American-Islamic Relations




New London School Calendar to Recognize Muslim Holidays
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An advocacy group is welcoming New London’s recognition of Muslim school holidays in its calendar for the next school year. The calendar lists certain Muslim and Jewish holidays as days when observing students can be excused for absences. It also asks teachers not to schedule tests on those dates.




Muslim groups say ERAU guest spews hatred
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By Annie Martin, The Daytona Beach

DAYTONA BEACH — A professor known for his controversial views about Islam and terrorism will field questions at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this week.




Anti-Defamation League exploits fear of Muslims to undermine anti-gay bill
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by Alex Kane, Mondoweiss

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) can’t quit pushing anti-Muslim bigotry. The latest instance emerged in a peculiar fashion: in opposition to an anti-gay bill in Arizona pushed by religious conservatives.




A Jewish Voice For Philadelphia’s Muslims
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Four months after Jacob Bender, a Jewish filmmaker from Manhattan, was appointed to a symbolically landmark position with an American Muslim organization, he says he is serving as an example of interfaith tolerance.




Manteca Mosque Vandalized with Graffiti, Raw Bacon
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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is asking the FBI to investigate a recent vandalism at a Manteca mosque as a hate crime.




Greenwald: Groups who question his ties to CAIR are helping government erode freedom
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Glenn Greenwald, the civil rights attorney and journalist who helped reveal evidence that the U.S. was spying on its citizens and allies, said it’s crucial to safeguard the civil liberties of American Muslims to ensure the rights of all Americans.




Islamic group sues Des Plaines for rejecting planned mosque
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The lawsuit filed Monday against Des Plaines and five of its aldermen is the latest to take on a “knee-jerk reaction to something Islamic or Muslim,” said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Chicago.