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California Governor to sign Halaal Food Bill

California Governor to sign Halaal Food Bill California’s Governor Gray Davis will today sign the Halal Food Bill (AB1828) into law at a Los Angeles Islamic center. The bill makes it a misdemeanor to, with the intent to defraud, sell or expose for sale, “meat, meat products, or any food product that is falsely represented as being halal, or as having been prepared according to Islamic religious requirements.” (Halal food is that which satisfies Islamic

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Ill. Sheriff’s deputy denied right to Islamic Scarf

Ill. Sheriff’s deputy denied right to Islamic Scarf A national Islamic advocacy group is calling on Illinois’ Cook County Sheriff’s Department to allow a Muslim deputy to wear a religiously-mandated headscarf. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says sheriff’s department officials have repeatedly denied the deputy’s requests for religious accommodation, claiming it violates uniform guidelines. SEE: “DEPUTY SEEKS TO WEAR SCARF” The woman, a Cook County Deputy Sheriff since 1993, converted to Islam in

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Pro-Israel lobby buys Alabama house seat say Muslims

Pro-Israel lobby buys Alabama house seat say Muslims A prominent national Islamic advocacy group is calling Rep. Earl Hilliard’s (D-AL) loss Tuesday in a runoff primary in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District a “defeat for democracy,” an insult to African-Americans and a victory for pro-Israel extremists. (In the heavily Democratic district, the winner of the primary will almost certainly be elected to the House.) Hilliard’s opponent, Artur Davis, had been heavily backed by out-of-state supporters of

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Bush’s speech “fell short” say Muslims

Bush’s speech “fell short” say Muslims A prominent national Islamic advocacy group today said President Bush’s speech outlining his vision for peace in the Middle East put too much emphasis on Palestinian concessions and too little pressure on Israel to act in accordance with international law. In a statement reacting to the president’s speech, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Executive Director Nihad Awad said: “There were a number of positive aspects to President Bush’s proposals

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U.S. Muslims barred from Israel hold News Conference

U.S. Muslims barred from Israel hold News Conference On Monday, June 17, the group American Muslims for Jerusalem (AMJ) will hold a news conference outside Union Station in Washington, D.C., with some of the 20 American Muslims barred from Israel on Sunday. The Muslim “Peace Through Understanding” delegation, organized by AMJ, went to the Middle East on a fact-finding tour to meet with Israeli and Palestinian peace activists. Delegation members were held under guard for

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President Bush asked to repudiate anti-Muslim remarks

President Bush asked to repudiate anti-Muslim remarks A national Islamic advocacy group today called on President Bush, other elected officials and leaders of national Christian and Jewish organizations to help defend America’s image and interests in the Muslim world by repudiating “hate-filled” Islamophobic remarks made at the annual gathering of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in St. Louis, Mo. (SEE: http://www.sbcannualmeeting.org/sbc02/) The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) made that request after the Rev. Jerry Vines,

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