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Groundbreaking ceremony for Temecula mosque
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The protests, marathon public hearings and years of meeting in homes and business parks were just memories Friday afternoon. That’s when members of the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the upcoming start of construction on its long-in-the-works mosque project.




After a Struggle, Mosque Opens in Tennessee
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(NewYorkTimes)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The worshipers bowed low, their heads touching the freshly laid carpet, as the new mosque filled with echoes of exultation.




Attorneys ask judge to throw out legal challenge to Murfreesboro Islamic Center
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The final legal hurdle over construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro may be over. County attorneys asked a judge to throw out the final legal challenge on Wednesday. Opponents have argued the county failed to give sufficient public notice before approving the project.




Asra Nomani: Government Should Tell Muslims How to Worship
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Freedom of worship is one of our most invaluable rights. It means that I have the complete freedom and the human right to worship God the way I see fit or to not worship, provided that I uphold the standards of civil law.




Combating Religious Intolerance When Freedom of Speech Enables Hate Speech
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Religious pluralism, versus the defamation of religion and freedom of speech have become an increasing source of conflict in international politics and interreligious relations. Preachers of hate and activists in America, Europe, and many Muslim countries are engaged in a culture war.




Pamela Geller and Co. Waging a War Against Common Sense
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As ridiculous as Pam’s event sounds I for one wouldn’t mind seeing Pam Geller and her friends make a fool of themselves, so was her rally really cancelled? Pamela Geller and her cronies are raging a personal war, and once again her line of target is the silent evil enemy: common sense.




Should Canada ban Islamic face veils?
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France’s ban on Islamic face veils came into force today, and already, at least two veiled women have reportedly been detained for protesting the new law. The ban, which carries a fine of 150 euros ($207), has reignited the debate over where to draw the line between protecting a nation’s values and ensuring individuals’ freedom of expression.




GOP Presidential Candidate “Resents” Muslim-Americans
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The role of Muslims in American society is for them to be allowed to practice their religion freely, which is part of our First Amendment. The role of Muslims in America is not to convert the rest of us to the Muslim religion.




Soldiers Forced to See Chaplain After Failing Army’s Spiritual Fitness Test
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Upon flunking the “Spiritual Fitness” section of the GAT, and receiving the above message telling them that “Change is possible” and that “you will improve here if you make this area a priority,” the spiritually deficient soldiers are directed to training modules to correct this problem with their “fitness.”




Never-ending cartoon chaos
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At a meal of halal pasta at a Johannesburg restaurant in 2004 , I found myself defending my one-time work colleague, Graeme Joffe, at a table of young Muslim men, after a joke he had made on a local radio station.”Even if he thinks he’s funny, this was insulting to us, and the brothers are right to launch a complaint,” said one.