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The clear anti-Muslim bias behind anti-Shariah laws

anti-mosque-protestFaiza Patel and Amos Toh, Religion News Service

NEW YORK (RNS) Foreign law bans are back.

For the fourth year running, Florida is trying to outlaw the use of foreign and international law in state courts. Missouri has mounted another attempt to pass an anti-foreign law measure after last year's effort was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon. The bans also have crept farther north, making a debut in Vermont.

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Rep. Keith Ellison: Being a Muslim in Congress Has Gotten Better

ellisonEllison called Muslims in America the "scapegoat du jour."

By Nikki Schwab, US News

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., was the first Muslim elected to Congress and it's not always been an easy ride. Monday, on book tour duty for his new tome, "My Country 'Tis of Thee," he spoke at the Center for American Progress about being a member of a religion that's often treated as the "scapegoat du jour."

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Mosque open house seeks to open minds

Manteca-mosque-open-houseBy Jennie Rodriguez-Moore,

MANTECA - In an effort to promote harmony and thank the community for its support, mosque leaders opened the doors to the Islamic Center of Manteca for public visits Sunday more than a week after the building was vandalized with messages of hate.

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Greek Life, Islamic Style

Muslim-fratBy Kyle Spencer, New York Times

Shortly before sunup, a dozen or so students at the University of California, San Diego, stumbled dutifully out of bed. They ironed their collared shirts, knotted their ties and piled into their cars. Their destination was the Islamic Center of San Diego, where they were to be initiated into the country's first Muslim fraternity, Alpha Lambda Mu, named for three letters that start several chapters of the Quran: Alif Laam Meem.

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Muslims, Our Natural Allies

Amenakinby Robert P. George, First Things

I am a Catholic. My Church teaches me to esteem our Muslim friends and to work with them in the cause of promoting justice and moral values. I am happy to stand with them in defense of what is right and good. And so I stand with the young woman in the above video in defense of modesty, chastity, and piety, just as I stand with Muslims like my dear friends Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Dr. Suzy Ismail against the killing of unborn children and the evil of pornography, and with my equally dear friend Asma Uddin of the Becket Fund in defense of religious freedom.

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Converging Bigotry: Nativist Movement Begins to Focus on Muslim Immigration

KrikorianBy Aaron Patrick Flanagan, Imagine 2050

The present Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) debate, as political debates tend to do, has produced much ugliness from the organized nativist movement, both anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim alike. While both rail on separate-but-not-mutually-exclusive talking points, the anti-Muslim sphere has begun focusing more and more prevalently on the issue of immigration.

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