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Jan 13, 2015 Charlie Hebdo explains its next cover: Muhammad with 'I am Charlie' sign

QUOTE: The cover of Charlie Hebdo’s next issue, due out Wednesday, will have a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad crying and holding an “I am Charlie” sign....The three Islamist gunmen — brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, who attacked Charlie Hebdo, and Amedy Coulibaly, who is believed to have killed the policewoman Thursday and the four hostages at the kosher grocery — were killed in nearly simultaneous police raids Friday.

Los Angeles Times
Feb 28, 2012 Judge’s dismissal of atheist's harassment claim against Muslim makes waves

QUOTE: A blog post by the group American Atheists disagrees. "That a Muslim immigrant can assault a United States citizen,” it says, “in defense of his religious beliefs and walk away a free man, while the victim is chastised and insulted... is a horrible abrogation."

CNN (Cable News Network)
Feb 23, 2012 White House, State Department condemn Iran on pastor's execution orders

QUOTE: Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian Christian charged with leaving Islam, has received a local trial courts final verdict, according to sources close to his legal team, and may now be executed for leaving Islam....Citing the Iranian constitution, the [US Congressional] resolution "condemns the Government of Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of religious minorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran and its continued violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights."

CNN (Cable News Network)
Feb 12, 2012 Malaysia deports Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari

QUOTE: Malaysian authorities have deported a Saudi journalist accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a tweet. Police confirmed to the BBC that Hamza Kashgari was sent back to Saudi Arabia on Sunday despite protests from human rights groups.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Apr 04, 2011 Religion Does Its Worst

QUOTE: As for the killing itself — whether by infiltrated Taliban insurgents or not — it was a heinous crime against innocent people and should be denounced throughout the Islamic world, in mosques and beyond... Already, Muslims are victims in 14 percent of religious discrimination cases when they make up 1 percent of the population.

New York Times
Dec 12, 2010 Facebook Wrestles With Free Speech and Civility

QUOTE: Facebook took down a page used by WikiLeaks supporters to organize hacking attack...But it did not remove WikiLeaks’s own Facebook pages...illustrates the complexities that the company grapples with, on issues as diverse as that controversy, verbal bullying among teenagers, gay-baiting and religious intolerance.

New York Times
Oct 27, 2009 Extremism Spreads Across Indonesian Penal Code

QUOTE: Most of Indonesia still lives up to its reputation for a moderate, easygoing brand of Islam... But how Aceh [an Indonesian province] went from basic Islamic law to endorsing stoning in a few short years shows how a small, radical minority has successfully pushed its agenda, locally and nationally...

New York Times
Jan 21, 2009 Trials for Parents Who Chose Faith Over Medicine

QUOTE: after Kara’s death last March, the Marathon County state attorney, Jill Falstad, brought charges of reckless endangerment against her parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann. Despite the Neumanns’ claim that the charges violated their constitutional right to religious freedom, Judge Vincent Howard of Marathon County Circuit Court ordered Ms. Neumann to stand trial...

New York Times
Oct 21, 2008 Court Spares Afghan Journalist’s Life

QUOTE: An appeals court sentenced a young Afghan journalist to 20 years in prison for blasphemy on Tuesday, overturning a death sentence ordered by a provincial court but raising further concerns of judicial propriety in the case.

New York Times
Aug 30, 2008 In Israel, A Clash Over Who Is a Jew: Ultra-Orthodox Contest Conversions

QUOTE: On one side are ultra-Orthodox leaders who are using their long-standing dominance of Israel's rabbinical court system -- which has authority over marriages, divorces and conversions -- to tighten restrictions governing who can become Jewish...Those on the other side are much more concerned with demographics...

Washington Post
Jul 28, 2008 Internal Justice Dept. Report Cites Illegal Hiring Practices

QUOTE: An extensive report by the department's Office of the Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility concluded yesterday that Goodling and others had broken civil service laws, run afoul of department policy and engaged in "misconduct," a finding that could expose them to further scrutiny and sanctions. The report depicted Goodling as a central figure in politicizing employment decisions at Justice during the Bush administration.

Washington Post
Jul 08, 2008 Saudi king set to lead rare interfaith talks in Spain: The three-day conference of religious leaders will start July 16 in Madrid.

QUOTE: Not only is Saudi Arabia the birthplace of Islam, but it also is the wellspring of an austere, exclusivist version of Sunni Islam. Sometimes called Wahhabism, it bans the open practice of other faiths in the kingdom and tends to reject inter-religious dialogue with non-Muslim "infidels." Ever since the kingdom experienced its own terrorist attacks in 2003-04, however, Abdullah and other officials have been stressing a more moderate, tolerant expression of their faith, sometimes over opposition from hard-liners in the religious establishment.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 15, 2008 Summer Camps Revive India's Ancient Sanskrit: Effort Is Part of Bitter Debate Over the Role of Hindu Language in a Diverse Society

QUOTE: Their endeavors are viewed with suspicion by many scholars here as part of an increasingly acrimonious debate over the role of Sanskrit in schools and society. The scholars warn against exploiting Indians' reverence for Sanskrit to promote the supremacy of Hindu thought in a country that, while predominantly Hindu, is also home to a large Muslim population and other religious minorities.

Washington Post
Jan 10, 2008 Critics of Saudi Academy Say Textbooks Promote Intolerance

QUOTE: Some textbooks used by an Islamic school in Fairfax County contain language intolerant of Jews and other groups as well as passages that could be construed as advocating violence, according to two reviews of the materials.

Washington Post
Nov 26, 2007 Law protects church shock tactics, experts say

QUOTE: The jury said the church violated the family's right to privacy, and Snyder hoped the verdict would curtail the church's screeds. Constitutional law experts say the verdict probably violated the church's First Amendment right of free speech and possibly their right to freely exercise their religion.

Nov 20, 2007 Saudi: Why we punished rape victim

QUOTE: Under law in Saudi Arabia, women are subject to numerous restrictions, including a strict dress code, a prohibition against driving and a requirement that they get a man's permission to travel or have surgery. Women are also not allowed to testify in court unless it is about a private matter that was not observed by a man, and they are not allowed to vote.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 11, 2007 Jordan, Fearing Islamists, Tightens Grip on Elections

QUOTE: As a result, the government has dropped plans to change its byzantine electoral law, prohibited some critics from seeking office and threatened to bar independent observers from the polls. And, with less than two weeks before the Nov. 20 vote, opposition candidates are accusing the government of rampant voter fraud.

New York Times
Nov 02, 2007 A Modern Marketplace for Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox

QUOTE: five ultra-Orthodox Jews assaulted a woman and an Israeli soldier on a bus bound for Beit Shemesh. The men demanded that the woman sit in the back of the bus; when she refused and asked the soldier to sit next to her, they beat them both. When the police came, dozens of ultra-Orthodox men attacked them while the assailants escaped.

New York Times
Sep 18, 2007 Plan for Sea Canal Puts Hindu Belief In Sharp Relief: Some Indians See Controversial Route As Threat to Divinely Created Shoals

QUOTE: Opposition to huge industrial projects is common in India, but the controversy over Adam's Bridge, or Ram Sethu, marks one of the first times religion has become an obstacle to major development. Thousands of Hindu protesters have rallied in the streets..."

Washington Post
May 10, 2007 Christians and atheists start a calmer dialogue: Atheist militancy followed Christian vehemence; now some on both sides see the need for cooler rhetoric.

QUOTE: Amid the rising heat of this latest culture clash, though, a few people on both sides are finding calmer ways to engage, seeking to build bridges and even learn from one another. Some Christians, concerned that millions of Americans never cross the threshold of a church, want to understand why, as well as learn what it is in evangelistic efforts that turns people off. Some atheists, worried that polls show they are the least accepted social group in the country, want to break down stereotypes and change people's attitudes.

Christian Science Monitor
May 09, 2007 On Turkish streets, local battles over Islam's role: Amid the deep political crisis over the country's presidency, secularists bemoan an incremental Islamization of everyday life on the local level.

QUOTE: Founded on secular ideals by Kemal Ataturk after World War I, the majority-Muslim republic is embroiled in a deep political crisis pitting the AKP-led government against secularists, who fear the liberal Islamic party is gaining too much power.

Christian Science Monitor
Oct 19, 2006 Muslim scholars write the pope - and everyone else

QUOTE: Thirty-eight Muslim scholars from 20 countries sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI urging mutual tolerance and respect over the weekend, and 500 prominent Muslims signed a religious ruling rejecting violence against civilians on Tuesday. Neither got much publicity. But when Al Qaeda's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, issues his latest bloodcurdling threat it dominates the airwaves.

Christian Science Monitor
Oct 08, 2006 Sectarian Havoc Freezes the Lives of Young Iraqis

QUOTE: Three and a half years after the American invasion, the relentless violence that has disfigured much of Iraqi society is hitting young Iraqis in new ways.

New York Times
Jul 16, 2006 A Medical Crisis of Conscience: Faith Drives Some To Refuse Patients Medication or Care

QUOTE: Around the United States, health workers and patients are...sparking...bitter debate over religious freedom vs. patients' rights..."What constitutes an ethical right of conscience in medicine, and what are the limits?"

Washington Post
Jun 18, 2006 Gender-Based Violence Galvanized Warlords' Foes: Somali Women Gave Crucial Support for Islamic Militias

QUOTE: An epidemic of sexual violence during 15 years of lawlessness in Somalia was among the factors that strengthened opposition to this city's notorious warlords...

Washington Post
May 19, 2006 5 Professors Quit Religious School: Some Complain of Academic Constraints at Loudoun Institution

QUOTE: Nearly a third of the faculty members at Patrick Henry College in Loudoun County are leaving the school because of what they described as limitations on their academic freedom

Washington Post
Apr 22, 2006 Afghans' Uneasy Peace With Democracy: In Discord Over Convert's Trial, Muslims Say They Identify With Islamic Law First

QUOTE: Ask most Afghans about the potential conflicts between Islam and democracy, such as those exposed by the Rahman case, and they vigorously deny the questions' premise. Many point out that Afghanistan now has a freely elected president and parliament, an independent judiciary and press, and a new constitution that says no laws shall contradict the principles of Islam.

Washington Post
Feb 02, 2006 Offending Cartoons Reprinted: European Dailies Defend Right to Publish Prophet Caricatures

QUOTE: Newspapers across Europe reprinted cartoons Wednesday ridiculing the prophet Muhammad, saying they wanted to support the right of Danish and Norwegian papers to publish the caricatures, which have ignited fury among Muslims throughout the world.

Washington Post
Aug 01, 2005 The State of the Church-State Debate: Has Noah Feldman come up with a feasible compromise?

QUOTE: ...Americans are so deeply divided over religion's proper place in the public square that a radically new proposal is needed to bridge the gap... His solution is to accord evangelicals the right to have their symbols displayed in public while giving their opponents the right to deny governmental funding to religious organizations.

Sep 28, 2003 Road Leads to Alaska-Size Standoff: It's Hillbilly Heaven vs. Park Service

QUOTE: The National Park Service has shut down the bulldozed road to his property, dispatched armed rangers to assess park damage and is pursuing criminal and civil cases....has made the Pilgrims actors in a national dispute over private access to federal land.

Washington Post
May 15, 2003 Pakistanis abroad trick daughters into marriage

QUOTE: According to human rights activists, 250 girls like Aziz - daughters of British citizens from Pakistan - were forced into marriages with relatives in 2002 alone.

Christian Science Monitor
Feb 07, 2003 Textbooks said to 'hide' problems with Islam

QUOTE: "When any dark side [of Islam] surfaces, textbooks run and hide,"

Washington Times
Feb 03, 2003 Professor's Snub of Creationists Prompts U.S. Inquiry

QUOTE: ...posted a demand on his Web site that students wanting a letter of recommendation for postgraduate studies "truthfully and forthrightly affirm a scientific answer" to the question of how the human species originated.

New York Times
Nov 08, 2002 Uniting and dividing at the same time

QUOTE: ...there are things besides proselytizing that can lead us astray when confronting the issue of how to deal with religion in the workplace.

Oct 24, 2002 A Monumental Issue Puts Two Icons on Trial: 10 Commandments Display at Issue

QUOTE: U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson, who said he would rule by Nov. 18 on whether the monument could remain in the Alabama court building, framed the case in the biggest and boldest terms today, telling attorneys, "The issue here is: Can the state acknowledge God?"

Washington Post
Aug 17, 2002 New Child Welfare Head in Florida Is Drawing Fire

QUOTE: Gov. Jeb Bush's appointee to head Florida's troubled child welfare agency is not even on the job yet and already the appointee...has come under fire.

New York Times
Aug 04, 2002 Bush's Shame

QUOTE: ...when a kangaroo court in Egypt, apparently acting on orders from President Hosni Mubarak, sentenced an ill, 63-year-old Saad Eddin Ibrahim to seven years at "hard labor" for promoting democracy...the Bush-Cheney team sat on its hands.

New York Times
Mar 08, 2002 Slaughter in the Name of God

QUOTE: ...India undergoes its worst bout of Hindu-Muslim bloodletting in more than a decade...Police chiefs have been excusing their men's unwillingness to defend the citizens...

Washington Post
Jan 28, 2002 Religious Radicals Facing Backlash in Pakistan: Families Bitter Over Fate of Recruits to Taliban {Cause;} Young Men Were 'Betrayed By the Mullahs'

QUOTE: Their anger reflects a widespread disillusionment with religious leaders who rallied Pakistanis to the side of the Taliban, and a souring of the Islamic militancy that had produced volunteers for the cause and threatened to undermine the Pakistani government's support for the United States.

Washington Post
Jan 06, 2002 Someone Tell the Kids

QUOTE: To counter [bin Laden's] authentic message of hate, you need an authentic messenger of progress, tolerance and modernism. But there are very few such messages or messengers in the Arab-Muslim world today.

New York Times
Nov 05, 2001 How Afghanistan Went Unlisted As Terrorist Sponsor

QUOTE: But since 1996, when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the nation harboring Osama bin Laden has never made the department's list of terrorist-sponsoring countries.

Washington Post
Nov 04, 2001 The Uncomfortable Question of Anti-Semitism

QUOTE: in recent weeks I have been reminded, in ways too plentiful to ignore, about the role Jews play in the fantasy life of the world. Jews were not the cause of World War II, but they were at the metaphysical center of that conflict nonetheless, since the Holocaust was part of Hitler's agenda and a key motivation of his campaign. Jews are not the cause of World War III, if that's what we are facing, but they have been placed at the center of it in mysterious and disturbing ways.

New York Times
Nov 02, 2001 Massachusetts Clears Five Witches in Salem Trials

QUOTE: More than three centuries after they were accused, tried and hanged as unrepentant witches on Gallows Hill in Salem, Mass., five women have been officially exonerated by the state.

New York Times
Oct 31, 2001 Muslims Call for Fighting Cease-fire

QUOTE: Indeed, some detect a double standard in asking the alliance to hold back. "Traditionally, there have been wars that have been fought by Arab nations during Ramadan"...

New York Times
Oct 30, 2001 Drilling for Tolerance

QUOTE: ...the 10th-grade textbook for one of the five required religion classes taught in all Saudi public schools states: "It is compulsory for the Muslims to be loyal to each other and to consider the infidels their enemy."

New York Times
Oct 29, 2001 Gunmen Kill 16 Christians in Church in Pakistan

QUOTE: opened fire across the jute mats where the worshipers stood...[it is believed] the killers were acting to avenge the American bombing of Afghanistan.

New York Times
Oct 21, 2001 Either You Are a Believer or An Infidel

QUOTE: Skube argues that the West cannot ignore the Islamic world's fundamental intolerance of freedom of religious thought by non-Muslims; it is the basis for the militant fanaticism and and authoritarianism that underlie much of the current conflict.

Washington Post
Oct 21, 2001 The High, Hidden Cost of Saudi Arabian Oil

QUOTE: Because its interests were so densely intertwined with Saudi Arabia, the United States turned a blind eye to its ally's unsavory foreign liaisons and brewing domestic trouble.

New York Times
Oct 14, 2001 The Despair Beneath the Arab World's Growing Rage

QUOTE: Both groups of rulers [Egypt and Saudi Arabia] are entrenched elites dealing with increasing social frustration — rooted in stagnant economies and a paucity of jobs — and the difficulty of managing generational change at the top.

New York Times
Oct 07, 2001 Extremism's Theological Roots

QUOTE: what degree does any religion bear responsibility for those who speak in its name?

New York Times

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