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The hardline Buddhists targeting Sri Lanka’s Muslims
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After a series of attacks on mosques, wild rumours about animal slaughter and an attempt to outlaw the halal system of classification, the BBC’s Charles Haviland investigates how Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority is being targeted by hardline Buddhists.

Police Blotter Bob and the Banning of Irshad Manji’s “Allah, Liberty & Love” in Malaysia
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Firstly, I want to point out that I do not support the Malaysian government’s decision to ban the Malay translation of Irshad Manji’s latest book, considering I believe in near-absolute freedom of speech.

Pastor Says Yoga Is ‘Demonic’; Warns Christians To Reject It
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This story reminds us here at “What If” of the Malaysian Fatwa against yoga and the Islamophobes who rallied against it.

Will Spencer and his cronies repeat the same thing in a Christian context?

Muslim Center Builder Hopes to Use Islamic Loan Plan
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The developer of the planned Muslim community center and mosque near ground zero hopes to finance the bulk of the $140 million project using instruments developed to allow many Muslim investors to comply with religious prohibitions on interest.

Ministry prepared to send lecturers to allay Islamophobia in US
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“Otherwise, Islamphobia will create problems, especially for companies owned or products produced by Muslims which may be feared or turned away by the West,” he told reporters after attending an Aidilfitri open house in Kampung Lebak Seberang, here, Sunday.

Najib offers to help Obama beat Islamophobia in US
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Although the Asean-US meeting touched mainly on trade security and regional matters Najib took the opportunity to draw Obama’s attention to the issue of Islamophobia a phenomenon which has been on the increase in the US lately.

Behind the Mosque in an Islamic Center, an Imam and a Developer
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When asked why they resist moving the center to defuse critics who call its location near ground zero insensitive, for example, Mr. Abdul Rauf said that a move would anger Muslims overseas and endanger American troops.