September 30, 2013
World Bulletin – Yasin I. Eken
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom forms the first part of the Constitution of Canada which states, “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law.” Section 2 (b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom states that everyone has the fundamental freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression.

Quebec’s Provincial Government proposed legislation earlier this week regarding a ban on overt religious symbols in public buildings has attracted a lot of attention. The Provincial Government, PQ (Parti Québécois), is a minority government and will be seeking opposition support; however, the party was only able to receive a negative response from opposition parties and the locals in Québec where several tens of thousands of people have marched on the streets of Montreal in opposition to the proposed ‘Charter of Québec Values.’ The reasoning on behalf of Parti Québécois is that minorities are undermining the secular nature of the province.

French Canadian Roman Catholics were given the right to practice their way by their British conquerors and was reconfirmed in the Québec act in 1774 where religious freedom was later included in the Canadian Bill of Right. What strikes me as odd is that the French Roman Catholics were allowed rights of worship and this is how they repay the favour, by proposing a legislation banning all overt religious symbols including the turban, hijab, kippah and crucifix.

However, the proposed ‘Charter of Quebec Values’ is much similar to the ban made on the face veil, enforced in France as of 11 April 2011. This being said, we can see a clear intent being made against Muslim women. NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair stated that the proposed legislation targets Muslim women in specific. “I don’t want to see scapegoating, particularly of Muslim women. That seems to be one of the particular targets here,” Mulcair said.

Islamophobia in Europe has been a very widespread topic within recent years and now with recent events in Canada’s Québec province, it only makes one wonder as to whether or not this may be a new era of Islamophobia in Canada.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=119394


By Bill Brownstein, The Gazette September 25, 2013
MONTREAL — Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah are two New York City-based comics. They are very funny. They are also Muslims. They fear that fellow Americans, particularly in the boonies, are getting the wrong impression of Muslims based on the actions of a few and the rhetoric of non-Muslim pontificators.

Rhetoric like this: “There is a virus more toxic than swine flu (sweeping the land) … They are trying to force Shariah law on the country … Every single, solitary butterball turkey that has been sold in the U.S. for Thanksgiving has been sacrificed to Allah — (because it’s) halal … Why don’t they go back to the countries they came from.”

So Farsad and Obeidallah decided to take affirmative action. They organized a tour with a band of standups and hit, not safe cities like New York, L.A. and Chicago, but the American heartland — where natives rarely come into contact with Muslims. The comics not only performed for free, but they set up Ask the Muslim and Hug a Muslim booths as well as offering a Bowl with a Muslim service.

The idea was to demystify their religion and to combat Islamphobia, as well to lay a few laughs on the folks. They appear to have succeeded, too.

Farsad and Obeidallah captured their odyssey on film and emerged with the revealing and whimsical docucomedy The Muslims Are Coming! (which has been released theatrically in the U.S. and which is now available for download on iTunes in this country).

Farsad and Obeidallah, as well as the other touring comics, look like, dress like and sound like any other urban American. But just so those living in the deep Southern regions they visited didn’t get misled, they travelled in vehicles with The Muslims Are Coming signs affixed to them, not to mention setting up their Muslim booths.

In concerts, Farsad sought to disarm audiences with her genial, self-deprecating banter: “The advantage of being a Muslim is that I can fly around on a magic carpet, granting wishes.”

Obeidallah, whose mother is Italian, confessed: “I was white before 9/11. Now I’m an Arab.” On the plus side, though, he does get this sort of reaction from some Americans: “I really like hummus, too.”

On the other hand, Omar Elba, one of the touring comics, has faced a different reality. His family moved to the U.S. on Sept. 8, 2001. “It was fine here on Sept. 9,” he recalled. “Pretty good on the 10th … and that’s about it.”

On that note, the directing duo of Farsad and Obeidallah conducted an unofficial survey among some Americans and asked them to name the country’s most hated groups. The Muslims led the way, followed by Jews, blacks, vegans, gays, aliens and, yes, boy bands. And as the acerbic Lewis Black points out, tongue in cheek, in an interview: gay Muslims would probably top the list.

Also weighing in with commentary in the film are Jon Stewart, his Daily Show crony Aasif Mandvi, Colin Quinn, David Cross, CNN’s Ali Velshi, Soledad O’Brien and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. The consensus seems to be that many Americans are under the illusion that Muslims are humour-challenged.

Farsad did her best to dispel that theory in one concert: “I believe in a two-genital solution for peace in the Middle East.” She then revealed that she has a Jewish boyfriend.

Farsad also offered a comparison between modern-day Iran and the U.S. of the early last century: “With Prohibition, Iran is now just like the roarin’ … 1320s.”

Preacher Moss, another of the touring comics, felt compassion for white folk. “Muslims have a month for themselves with Ramadan. Blacks have Black History Month. But there is no Caucasian Awareness Month. No Whitey Week. No Cracker Day.”

Obeidallah even worried that the day might come when the forces of political correctness might associate “Muslim with the N-word and start calling us Pork-Free Americans instead.”

Obeidallah came away from the tour rather heartened by the reaction of rural Americans. “The funny thing is that we had our own preconceptions about the South,” he said in a phone interview. “People had lots of questions, but they were overwhelmingly open-minded. And we went to the most teeny rural areas we could find, like gun shows in the backwoods of Georgia — where there were no brown people.”

The gang also made a pit-stop in Mormon country, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where their Hug a Muslim initiative was particularly well received. “The Mormons really felt a connection with the Muslims,” Obeidallah says. “They’re demonized a lot. We were there when Romney was running for the presidency, and there were Christians saying that Mormons were not real Christians.”

But Obeidallah also notes that the comics faced some tough probing during the tour. Such as: why don’t moderate Muslims speak up more against the actions of radical Muslims?

“Aasif (Mandvi) says why do I have to denounce people with whom I have no connection whatsoever. Then we have an imam who says he denounces terrorism everywhere he can, but the message is just not getting through.”

Obeidallah has a theory that some Americans tend to be situational racists. “People appear to pay no attention to four Arabs talking to each other in Arabic at a deli. But when they hear four Arabs talking to each other in Arabic while boarding an airplane … ” he said. “But it’s the same thing with black people in certain situations. The situation changes all the time. White people may even turn to black people to protect them from the Arabs on the airplane.”

The release of the film on iTunes unfortunately comes at the same time Islamic terrorists went on a killing spree of civilians in Kenya. “The Muslim community often seems to get tarnished with the horrific actions of people they have no control over or connection with,” said Obeidallah, who also writes for CNN and The Daily Beast.

“I can’t do anything other than denounce those horrific actions. But people have to realize that the motivation of those groups is not about Islam — it’s all about power. It is not written in the Koran that it’s OK to kill people in a shopping mall. There is no connection to the faith.”

The Muslims Are Coming is available for download on iTunes.

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http://www.montrealgazette.com/entertainment/Bill+Brownstein+These+Muslims+their+faith+comedy/8957151/story.html


by freemalaysiatoday.com
Source: freemalaysiatoday.com August 12, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR: The National Council for Islamic Affairs’ Fatwa Committee (Edicts) has declared a fatwa (edict) on ‘shisha’ or waterpipe smoking. It is now ‘haram’ (forbidden) for Muslims to smoke shisha. Committee chairman Prof Emeritus Dr Abdul Shukor Husin said Muslims were also prohibited from providing shisha-smoking services or any activity associated with shisha.

“After listening to the experts from the Health Ministry and scrutinizing medical and scientific evidence from the country and abroad on the ill-effects of shisha, the committee decided to prohibit shisha (for Muslims),” he said in a statement.

Abdul Shukor explained that shisha would have a huge detrimental effect in terms of the health of the individual, national economic growth and shaping of the future generations.

The committee found that all scientific findings by way of comprehensive studies in the country and internationally proved that shisha had a most detrimental effect and its widespread use, particularly among youths and women, was most worrying.

“Shisha is clearly harmful to health; it is a wasteful activity that is categorized as a bad or despicable thing that all Muslims should avoid,” said Abdul Shukor.

On another matter, he said the committee also expressed disappointment over the actions of certain people who raised issues on purpose to incite Muslims and, in doing so, undermined the multi-racial harmony in the country.

“It felt that the these irresponsible people seemed to have planned to hurl these insults and more so during the Ramadan month which is holy for Muslims,” he said.

No more tolerance

Abdul Shukor said their actions had exceeded the limits of patience of the Muslims.

“We do not want to see any more of these insults and uncivilized behaviour, by way of words or actions, brushed aside without stern action and maximum penalty in accordance with the law,” he said.

Abdul Shukor said stern action must be taken immediately by the authorities to stop people from continuing to insult Islam and to serve as a lesson for all.

He said it had become a sort of a game for certain quarters to incite Muslims and then apologise, and added that this should not be allowed to happen.

Abdul Shukor said the committee urged Muslims to be united in facing the malice of these irresponsible people for the sake of defending the sanctity of Islam and the dignity of Muslims in the country.

http://muslimvillage.com/2013/08/12/41949/muslim-forbidden-from-smoking-shisha-2/


By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | September 23, 2013
A French woman sent her son, 3, to school with a T-shirt which said: “Jihad, Born September 11, I am a bomb”.
Bouchra Bagour and her brother Zeyad were found guilty of ignoring a criminal act on Friday. The T-shirt was a supposed recall of the 9/11 attack on New York in 2001. The attack killed about 3,000 people. Zeyad was responsible for buying the T-shirt.

The young boy, Jihad, went to nursery school in September 2012 wearing that T-shirt. The act prompted legal action from a local official as the act was responsible for upsetting the school staff. Ms Bagour was fined $2,700 (2,000 euro) along with a suspended jail sentence for one year, whereas the sentence was double for Mr Zeyad.

The incident is remarkable for establishing France’s stance against Islamic terrorism. An earlier survey finds that 74 per cent French people do not believe that Islam is compatible with the social structure of France, according to reports of The Inquisitr.

There has been a steady rise in the number of anti-Muslim insults and attacks in France, reports Reuters. The country has seen a part of media and politicians who present Islam as a problematic aspect in the French society. French groups that are fighting for Muslim rights in the country feel the same.

It has been reported that there is a rise in hostility when there is some news related to Islam. Last year, an Islamist was responsible for murdering 7 people, while a politician who blamed Muslim children for stealing snacks of other children in the class, according to Committee against Islamophobia in France.

In August, a couple of skinheads allegedly attacked and assaulted a Muslim teenager in Trappes because she was wearing a veil. Later, the girl attempted to commit suicide by jumping from the fourth floor of her apartment. She was attacked with a sharp object that ripped her off the veil. The skinheads hit her and shouted anti-Islamic insults before running away in a car.

Some time back, Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader, compared Muslims devotees praying on the streets with the Nazis who occupied France during the war.

All these incidents show a growing anti-Islamic attitude among the French. Even though the government has not been lenient to illegal acts, the anti-Islamic propensity in the country may be perturbing for the secular image of the French society.

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/508022/20130923/islam-muslim-hijab-veil-attack-assault-france.htm


By -Raya Shokatfard
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
There are two groups of people who may be considering Islam, but have some major hesitations!The first group may be the younger Muslim population belonging to Muslim families, and the other, may be one who is considering Islam for the first time.

The youth who are raised in the West, according to their understandable logic, are concerned that Islam and secular life just do not mix, and most of their friends are secular.

One side invites to piety, avoidance of the prohibited and more restriction and the other side leaves the door wide open to indulge in all that the heart desires. Who would want to give up the later for the former?

Challenges Facing Muslim Youth
– Why Should I Give Up Fun?

– Western Muslims Beyond Integration

– John Esposito… On Muslims & West

– Say it Out Loud: I’m Proud to Be a Muslim

– Muslim Youth on the Least Trodden Path

It is true that once there is closeness between friends, it would take a very powerful element to break this bond. Also, when Islam has not penetrated the heart, there is no motivation to give up what one likes for something that is not even on the priority list.

It is quite easy for someone who is outside of this entanglement to make a judgment against the one who is unwilling to give up fun and friends for something that they do not have a strong conviction about.

Let us be honest and try to put ourselves in their place. How would you feel about losing friends whom you value for something less valuable and tangible according to your own judgment?

Coming from this level of understanding, then one can address the issue more objectively.

Addressing Parents

What does it mean when one says: “you can’t have the cake and eat it too?”

It usually means that you cannot have the cake sitting in front of you untouched, so you can enjoy looking at the whole cake and at the same time eat it too!

We want all the comfort of the West and at the same time, we would like to see pious kids to practice Islam.

This is the case with the parents who raise their kids in the West. Some have migrated and some have come to Islam in the West and started raising their family there.

For most part the reason for living in the West for many parents is the greater opportunity in all aspects of life including education, jobs, comfort and security. Yet, the price paid for all this is much greater than the gain.

We want all the comfort of the West and at the same time, we would like to see pious kids to practice Islam, do not date, dance, listen to music and attend the mosque regularly! This may be a great example of having the cake and eating it too. We want two opposites at the same time. Is there a solution?

Kids’ Thoughts

As for the kids, let us now address them directly.

If you were raised in a Muslim home, most likely your conscious or even subconscious is aware of any wrong doing that you are committing that goes against your religion.

You can come up with any reason, excuse or lay blame to justify your position of carelessness about the religion, but for most part, something inside you is telling that your lifestyle is really displeasing God. The conscious mind keeps putting it under the mat and the subconscious mind keeps nagging at you. Depending on which side wins, the person falls into that mindset.

Causes

It is natural for the mind to make a logical conclusion that losing friends whom they like, or at least the types of mentality, could be traumatic. Changing the lifestyle to accommodate Islamic values might be more traumatic even though the nagging of the subconscious mind is still there. So, there is an active attempt to bury the nagging and feel fully justified to continue living the lifestyle one likes – a secular life with beloved friends!

We understand where you come from, and some of us may have been where you are now! So, what is the cause of some people making the shift from secularism to a more religious life?

You must take responsibility that you are the first cause of their diversion.

Many testimonies indicate that the shift occurred many times with maturation and once the person realized the shallowness of secular life as well as the mindset of those who follow it. Unless this realization is set in place, there is no motivation to make the change.

Advice to Parents

One may ask: “how can we motivate out kids to make the shift?”

Well, you are in a very frustrating and difficult task. The first thing you can do is to ask yourself, was the benefits of living in the West worth losing your kids from Islam to secularism?

You must take responsibility that you are the first cause of their diversion. So, please do not take it too hard on them, but take an objective look at your own actions and decisions as a parent or parents.

Yet, it is not all hopeless for such parents. The advice to them is to maintain a good relationship with the kids, be open to hear, even what you don’t like to hear, be friends to them, rather than scolding and most of all, try to be a good example for them.

Also, the power of parents supplicating God for their kids’ guidance cannot be overstated. Parents do all that they can, and at the end put their trust in God to guide their kids. If there is a possibility to relocate to a Muslim country, it may solve some of the problem, but you may face stern resistance from more grown kids.

It might be helpful to invite Muslim families with kids of similar ages and find activities that your kids like. Let the kids get to know other Muslim kids in a fun environment rather than at a mosque to start with. Take fun trips with them and get involved with them, but not more than they would like.

To be continued…

http://onislam.net/english/reading-islam/living-islam/islam-day-to-day/society/464502-does-practicing-islam-mean-losing-friends-part-1.html


(AFP) – September 21, 2013
GENEVA — Christian leaders from Syria and beyond are planning a summit involving Muslim representatives in a drive to use faith to spur peace efforts, the World Council of Churches said Thursday. “We plan to have parallel consultations when the Geneva II meeting happens, so we can mobilise both Church leaders and other religious leaders for a commitment to a peace process in Syria,” WCC head Olav Fyske Tveit told reporters.

Asked whether he aimed to get Muslim clerics from inside Syria on board, he replied: “We’ll see what’s possible. But of course we’ll invite them, and other major Muslim partners, who come from the opposition of course, but also from neighbouring countries.”

The so-called Geneva II negotiations are meant to be based on talks in the Swiss city in June 2012, where world powers called for a Syrian transition government.

But the warring sides failed to agree on whether President Bashar al-Assad could play a role, and amid spiralling fighting the plan stalled.

In a renewed effort to hold Geneva II, UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on September 28.

Moves for a parallel faith summit followed talks among Church leaders, including from Syria, at a closed-door WCC meeting Wednesday attended by Brahimi.

Christians and Muslims have lived peacefully together in Syria for centuries, but fears are mounting for Christians as ultra-Islamists gain clout among the rebels fighting Assad.

The Christian community generally has been well-treated in the four decades since the Assad family — of the Alawite minority, a branch of Shia Islam — came to power.

That has fuelled claims by some Assad opponents that Christians support him as a group, making them targets, while he paints himself as a shield against militant Islam.

Syria’s conflict erupted after a crackdown on anti-regime protests in March 2011.

It morphed into a sectarian war — Sunni Muslims dominate the rebel camp — which has claimed over 100,000 lives, driven two million refugees from the country, and displaced millions more within Syria.

“All communities in Syria have a certain fear, not only the Christians, a fear for the future,” said Michel Nseir, head of the WCC’s Middle East programme. “Christians, as everybody else, are victims of this war.”

The WCC groups 345 denominations — except Roman Catholics — with a global congregation of 560 million.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 – It’s All Smoke and Whiskey by Conor Higgins
WASHINGTON, September 19, 2013 — The United States of America is now actively engaged in supporting the Syrian Opposition forces in their effort to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. After waiving a federal statute making the “material support” of terrorist

organizations legal, President Obama has somewhat muddied the waters of American foreign policy, considering that some of the Opposition fighters the US now supports are designated by the U.S. as terrorist groups.

The current American defense doctrine identifies militant radical Muslim groups as one of the greatest threats to US interests at home and abroad.

According to the National Security Strategy released by the White House, “The United States is waging a global campaign against al-Qa’ida and its terrorist affiliates. To disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qa’ida and its affiliates, we are pursuing a strategy that protects our homeland, secures the world’s most dangerous weapons and material, denies al-Qa’ida safe haven, and builds positive partnerships with Muslim communities around the world.”

Now the United States is now in direct contradiction of our own National Security Strategy. In supplying Al-Qaeda linked groups with weapons, the Obama Administration has shown the country and the World that the United States is unable to act decisively. Furthermore, it shows that the United States is unable to recognize that radical Islam is the largest threat to American interest since Communism.

Thus far, our policy has been to ignore the events in Africa because there really is no policy in place to deal with such situations to begin with. The US arms al-Qaeda in one area of the World and fights them in other areas of the World. Despite the fact that al-Qaeda is particularly called out in the most recent publication of the National Security Strategy as being the organization most dangerous to American interests, the Obama Administration has failed to adequately realize that it is not just al-Qaeda, but all radical Muslim groups which pose a threat to the United States.

While the Obama Administration has seen fit to arm our enemies, radical Islamic groups have been quietly building support and strength in North and Western Africa. Much like the Communist expansion in Southeast Asia and South America during the 20th Century, the expansion efforts of radical Muslim groups target weak governments in an attempt to replace or overthrow the existing leadership with their own ideology. They do this by targeting vulnerable leaders, governments at war abroad, or governments in a state of civil war. Africa is home to over a dozen ongoing conflicts, as well as countless natural resources managed by corrupt officials.

During the Cold War, the United States practiced the strategy of Containment, which was a concerted effort to stop the spread of Communism by means of financial and military assistance, and in some cases direct military intervention. Southeast Asia in particular was a favored target of the Communist because of the general disconnect of the governments towards the people, the squalid conditions of much of the population, as well as a population of restless military age men ready to fight. These aspects were exploited by the Soviet Union and China who funneled money into revolutionary groups who sought to replace existing governments with Communist or Socialist regimes. Much like the Communist Domino Effect in Southeast Asia, North and West Africa are also in danger of falling victim to revolutionary groups funded by outside sources.

While Russia and China were responsible for spreading Communism through Asia and Europe in the 20th Century, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are among those responsible for funding and propelling the spread of radical Islam in the 21st Century. And just like Russia and China, direct war in response of such support would lead to global disaster. And as such, the United States cannot counter the result of such support at the source, but must do so, as it did with Communism, where the results of that support emerges.

The United States made a mistake in its handling of the Arab Spring. Under President George W. Bush, the dictators in the Middle East and North Africa, though tyrants, still managed to keep the radical Muslim groups in check. The United States was able to counter groups such as al-Qaeda and al-Shaabab where they sprung up, or where they were attempting to infiltrate the governments of weaker nations such as Afghanistan through their support of the Taliban.

However with the Arab Spring the United States went from holding dictators in check to supporting destabilization and the rise of radical Islamic regimes in Egypt and Libya, which led to a series of civil wars and revolutions further undermining the ability of these nations to govern themselves. Under President Obama and his National Security Strategy, the US has allowed the Middle East and North Africa to become increasingly unstable, a haven for radical Islamic groups.

What can we do? Well, for one we have to realize that the groups operating in North and West Africa, called the Maghreb, are threats to the interests of the United States. By arming al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebel groups the US has made it clear that it does not have a workable foreign policy, so we need to adopt one. We need to recognize that, like Communism in Southeast Asia before it, Africa has become the Dominos and radical Islam has become the Effect. And just like Communism in Southeast Asia, radical Islam in Africa must be recognized as a threat to US international interests and directly addressed through diplomatic and military action. These actions include propping up weak regimes, expanding the training of host nation security forces, as well as expanding the capabilities of our military to assist at risk nations in military operations with minimal manpower but maximum effectiveness.

As a model, the United States should look to the Vietnam Mission under JFK. Through the implementation of small scale, local efforts to assist the South Vietnamese government and people, and the deployment of no more than 20,000 advisers and special operators, the US was able to make leaps and bounds in opposing Communist forces in their respective areas. This model could be repeated with success, if applied to Africa and radical Islam.

The United States must counter the spread of radical Islam on the Maghreb with the same tenacity and strength that it met the threat of Communism during the Cold War. That means that the US must recognize that this is a credible threat. Arming radical Muslim organizations in Syria not only sends the wrong message but is counterproductive to American interests. The United States cannot arbitrarily bomb every nation that supports radical Islam; however they can make the act of supporting such groups enormously expensive and ultimately futile.

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September 19, 2013
OnIslam & Newspapers
CAIRO – A new online study on attitudes towards immigrants has found that Norwegians are more skeptical to Muslim women donning hijab, considering the Muslim veil as a symbol of “foreignness”. “The Hijab seems to have been an important symbol of ‘foreignness’,” Zan Strabac, an associate professor at Sør-Trøndelag University College, told Klassekampen, The Foreigner reported on Thursday, September 19.

“It would be interesting to know exactly what negative connotations the Hijab awakens in the majority population,” he added.

No Hijab for Norway Police

Norway Police Hijab Ban Illegal: Court

Hijab: What’s It All About?

Performing an experimental study researching Norwegians’ attitudes to immigrants, participants in the online survey were shown different images of the same woman, both with and without the Hijab.

Those taking part were shown images of the same women with and without the Hijab.

The images were labeled stating the subject was a “Christian” or a “Muslim” without the Hijab, and a “Muslim” with a hijab.

The subject was a Portuguese research colleague who could have seemed to be of Middle-Eastern origin.

According to Strabac, who was one of several collaborated in the study, the results suggested that it is not the woman’s religion that causes skepticism amongst Norwegians but the hijab itself.

Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.

Hijab has been in the eye of storm since France banned the headscarf in public places in 2004.

Since then, several European countries have followed suit.

Hijab came to headline in January 2013 after the Norwegian government rejected a proposal to allow female police officers to wear hijab (Muslim headscarf) while on duty.

Wear Hijab

In spite of the study’s results, a Norwegian professor of social work urged Muslim women to keep their hijabs on.

“The cost of wearing the Hijab is quite high,” Marco Valenta, a professor at Trondheim’s University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Social Work and Health Science, said.

“But attitudes towards Muslim women were not more negative than attitudes toward other women with immigrant backgrounds when they did not wear it.”

The poll’s results are “just something we observe objectively,” he added.

“The scores are not as bad as expected for Muslims who do have Muslim symbols on their personage,” Klassekampen reported Valenta as saying.

“There is a social distance regarding both Christians and Muslims, there is always an immigrant effect, but we did not find this was larger when it came to Muslims.”

Norwegian Muslims are estimated at 150,000 out of the country’s 4.5 million population, mostly of Pakistan, Somali, Iraqi and Moroccan backgrounds.

There are nearly 90 Muslim organizations and Islamic centers across the northern European country.

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/europe/464538-norwegians-skeptical-to-muslims-hijab.html


September 19, 2013
Caroline May, Political Reporter
WASHINGTON — The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) denounced a number of popular media organizations and Americans as “Islamophobic” in a report released Thursday. The Muslim advocacy group calls out such entities as Fox News, The Rush Limbaugh Show, the Washington Times, National Review, The Mark Levin Show, and The Savage Nation as part of the “outer core” of the so-called “Islamophobic Network.”

According to the report, the 32 “outer core” groups are comprised of “[g]roups or individuals whose primary purpose does not appear to include promoting prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims but whose work regularly demonstrates or supports Islamophobic themes.”
The outer core is not quite as explicitly Islamophobic as the “inner core,” the group alleges, tagging 37 groups “whose primary purpose is to promote prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims and whose work regularly demonstrates Islamophobic themes.”

Included in their list of “inner” groups are the David Horowitz Freedom Center, the Middle East Media Research Institute and the American Islamic Forum for Democracy.

The report traces the money to and from “Islamphobic” groups and people, looks at the level of Islamophobia in America, “anti-Islam” legislation, and discrimination.

CAIR — an un-indicted co-conspirator in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation trial — also calls out Foster Friess for his support of CAIR-proclaimed Islamophobes including presidential candidate Rick Santorum. The group includes former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, New York Republican Rep. Peter King, Former Florida Republican Rep. Allen West, and the president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy Zuhdi Jasser on their so called “Worst List Inductees”

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie, Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, and the Democratic members of the House Homeland Security Committee, on the other hand, are named on CAIR’s “Best List Inductees.”
CAIR held a news conference on the report –“Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States 2011-2012” — Thursday morning.

While The Daily Caller was absent from CAIR’s list of Islamophobic news outlets, CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper prevented TheDC from attending the press conference Thursday — showing TheDC to the door — for being a “hate” group and not “legitimate.”

“You’re credentialed with a hate site,” Hooper said, when TheDC showed Hooper media credentials.

When TheDC pointed out that The Daily Caller is not listed in CAIR’s Islamophobe report, Hooper replied, “you’re not in our news conference either.”

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KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Several Islamic groups on Friday demanded the recall of the Vatican’s first envoy to Malaysia, describing him as an “enemy of the state” after he supported the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims.

Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Vatican’s mission in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Muslim-majority Malaysia, after prayers on Friday, urging the government to expel Archbishop Joseph Marino.

Marino, who arrived in Kuala Lumpur less than six months ago, recently elicited a rebuke from the government after he waded into a religious row over the right to translate “God” to “Allah” in Malay-language Bibles and other literature.

He had described arguments supporting the move put forward by the Catholic Church in an ongoing court battle with the government over the issue, as “logical and acceptable”.

He was on Tuesday summoned to the foreign ministry over his remarks, and has since apologised.

It was not enough for some Muslim organisations in the country, however.

“Joseph Marino is an enemy of the state. His actions have strained race relations in the country,” said Ibrahim Ali, president of right-wing group Perkasa.

Ibrahim has previously drawn controversy by calling for the burning of the Bible.

“Marino must leave Malaysia,” said Hasan Ali, the head of Islamic group JATI, who urged the government to close the mission and not to accept any envoy from the Vatican.

The government has argued that the word “Allah” should only be used by Muslims, as it fears using the word in Malay-language Bibles is an attempt to confuse and proselytise.

On Thursday, a Malaysian couple known for publishing a sexually explicit blog were charged with sedition and denied bail after they caused outrage with a prank Ramadan greeting on Facebook that showed them eating pork — which is forbidden in Islam.

Malaysia has more than 2.5 million Christians in a population of 28 million, of which about 60 percent are Muslim.

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