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Ohio mosque vandalism prompts call for police protection

Ohio mosque vandalism prompts call for police protection The Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio (IFCO) and the Ohio Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) today called on law enforcement authorities in that state to step up protection of Muslim institutions and businesses following an attack by vandals on the Islamic Center of Columbus. The vandals caused severe damage overnight to all three floors of the center. Copies of the Quran, Islam’s revealed text,

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Muslim secret service agent removed from flight

Muslim secret service agent removed from flight The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, today demanded an apology from American Airlines for removing a Muslim Secret Service agent from a flight apparently based on religious and ethnic profiling. The agent (for security reasons, CAIR is not releasing his name) alleges that he was kicked off American Airlines Flight 363 from Baltimore to Dallas on December 25 because the captain had concerns

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CAIR: Foiled bombings incited by anti-Muslim “Smear Campaign”

CAIR: Foiled bombings incited by anti-Muslim “Smear Campaign” A prominent American Muslim group tonight blamed what it called the “ongoing anti-Islamic smear campaign” by right wing and pro-Israel extremists for creating an atmosphere of Islamophobia that may have incited the Jewish Defense League (JDL) to plot a terrorist bombing at a California mosque and other sites. (SEE: www.jdl.org) JDL chairman Irv Rubin and another member of that group were arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of

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Muslims ask Rabbi to clarify remarks about Quran

Muslims ask Rabbi to clarify remarks about Quran A prominent national Islamic advocacy group today called on Rabbi Marvin Hier to clarify his accusation that the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, holds “extremist” views. Hier, dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, made that claim during a discussion of the possibility of peaceful coexistence between Judaism, Christianity and Islam on CNN’s Larry King Weekend last Saturday. “Rabbi Hier’s inaccurate and offensive

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Freeze on group’s assets questioned by U.S. Muslims

Freeze on group’s assets questioned by U.S. Muslims National American Muslim organizations today asked President Bush to reconsider his decision to freeze the assets of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), one of the nation’s largest Muslim charities. The charity had been targeted by pro-Israel organizations and individuals for several years because of what they said was the group’s support for Palestinian militants. HLF officials have consistently denied those charges and no

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State department PR head meets with U.S. Muslims

State department PR head meets with U.S. Muslims The newly appointed head of the administration’s effort to present a positive image of America in the Islamic world met today with several representatives of the American Muslim community. Charlotte Beers, under secretary of state for public diplomacy, called for the meeting to open a dialogue with Muslims on issues related to how America is perceived in other countries, particularly those with Muslim majority populations. Muslim participants

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