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August 6, 2002
REGARDING Michael Smerconish's column on the required reading of the Quran by the University of North Carolina. If Mr. Smerconish did his research, he would know the holy Quran is the most-read book in the world. Without a shadow of a doubt, it is a revelation from Allah. This book has remained intact and untampered with for over 1,400 years and nobody has produced any evidence of contradiction or falsehood. So it's not too hard to see why universities and people of faith flock to its teachings.
NEWS
September 16, 2010
KABUL, Afghanistan - Police fired warning shots to disperse hundreds of stone-hurling Afghans yesterday to protest Quran burning in the U.S. At least 35 police officers and 10 protesters were reportedly wounded; two of them had gunshot wounds. Though a small American church in Florida backed off its threat to destroy the holy book to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, several copycat burnings were posted on the Internet. Up to 800 protesters gathered on the outskirts of the capital, Kabul, chanting "Death to America" and listening to fiery speeches.
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April 2, 2011 | By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghans angry over the burning of a Quran at a small Florida church stormed a U.N. compound in northern Afghanistan yesterday, killing seven foreigners, including four Nepalese guards. Afghan authorities, who theorized that insurgents melded into the mob, announced the arrest of more than 20 people, including a militant they suspect was the ringleader of the assault in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital of Balkh province. The suspect was an insurgent from Kapisa province, a hotbed of militancy about 250 miles southeast of the city, said Rawof Taj, deputy provincial police chief.
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September 3, 2012 | By Rebecca Santana, Associated Press
ISLAMABAD - A Muslim cleric is accused of stashing pages of a Quran in a Christian girl's bag to make it seem like she burned the Islamic holy book, a surprising twist in a case that caused an international outcry over the country's strict blasphemy laws. Pakistani police arrested Khalid Chishti late Saturday after a member of the cleric's mosque accused the imam of planting evidence as a way to push the Christians out of the neighborhood. Chishti denied the charges Sunday while being led to court in shackles, wearing a white blindfold.
NEWS
May 31, 2005
THE WORLD waits with bated breath to see if America, their new Evil Empire, has desecrated the Quran before pious terrorists at Guantanamo. Does the Geneva Convention require us to provide the Quran to prisoners, serve meals that strictly abide by Muslim tradition and render conditions better than those that the detainees would endure in their own countries? Since when did being a POW become a day at the beach? And why is this book considered more important than life itself? While terrorists were chopping off the heads of Jewish, Christian and even Muslim devotees in the name of Allah, the Islamic world just shrugged its shoulders.
NEWS
September 10, 2010 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Just hours before a Florida pastor agreed to cancel the planned burning of the Quran on Saturday, Gov. Rendell had said he was prepared to stand with members of Philadelphia's Arab American community to counter what he called the "despicable" action. Rendell said the pastor's plan to burn the holy book for Muslims flew in the face of a basic tenet of American democracy: the freedom to practice the religion of one's choice without being harassed or degraded. He said early Thursday that he would join members of the city's Arab American community on Saturday in front of Independence Hall to reaffirm that "this is a basic tenet" of what the founding fathers put in the Declaration of Independence.
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August 21, 2012 | By Rebecca Santana, Associated Press
ISLAMABAD - A Christian girl has been sent to a Pakistani prison after being accused by furious Muslim neighbors of burning pages of the Islamic holy book, the Quran, in violation of the country's strict blasphemy laws. A police official said Monday that there was little evidence pages of the book had been burned, and that the case would likely be dropped. But hundreds of angry neighbors gathered outside the girl's home last week demanding action in a case raising new concerns about religious extremism in this conservative Muslim country.
NEWS
July 18, 2016
As France recovers from its third demoralizing terrorist attack in 18 months - the massacre Thursday in which a man plowed a delivery truck through Bastille Day crowds in Nice, killing more than 80 - it's important to consider how our two nations differ. Most notable is France's continued isolation and marginalization of a sizable Muslim immigrant population, which makes it as easy for radical Islamists to recruit and indoctrinate disaffected Muslims face to face as it is on the Internet, which seems to be their primary tool to enlist lone-wolf jihadists in the United States.
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October 5, 2012 | By Maggie Michael, Associated Press
CAIRO - Egyptian authorities on Thursday released two Coptic Christian boys taken into juvenile detention for allegedly urinating on the Quran, but they will remain under investigation, a security official said. Even as news spread that the boys would be freed, their village remained tense. According to priest in the village, located in the province of Beni Suef south of Cairo, local leaders of Gamaa Islamiya - once a prominent militant group - took to mosques, rallying Muslims to rise up against the order to release the boys.
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April 2, 2011 | Associated Press
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A New Jersey car dealer who gave a free car to a Florida minister last year after he promised not to burn the Quran says he never thought would do it - with or without the offer of a new car. The Rev. Terry Jones claims to have burned the Muslim holy book last month at his church. Yesterday several people were killed at a U.N. compound in Afghanistan during a demonstration against Jones' reported act. In October, the controversial cleric came to New Jersey to collect a new Hyundai Accent from car dealer Brad Benson but immediately turned it over to a charity that helps battered women.
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July 18, 2016
As France recovers from its third demoralizing terrorist attack in 18 months - the massacre Thursday in which a man plowed a delivery truck through Bastille Day crowds in Nice, killing more than 80 - it's important to consider how our two nations differ. Most notable is France's continued isolation and marginalization of a sizable Muslim immigrant population, which makes it as easy for radical Islamists to recruit and indoctrinate disaffected Muslims face to face as it is on the Internet, which seems to be their primary tool to enlist lone-wolf jihadists in the United States.
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January 16, 2016
By George Parry At last week's press conference following the attempted murder of Officer Jesse Hartnett, Police Commissioner Richard Ross discussed the motive for the attack. Under police questioning, suspect Edward Archer is reported to have said, "I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic State and that's why I did what I did. " Ross further explained that Archer "believed that the police defend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran. " It was also disclosed that Archer, described by his imam as a devout Muslim, had traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and Egypt in 2012.
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December 10, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The terrorist attacks this fall that killed 43 people in Beirut, 130 in Paris, and 14 in San Bernardino were not the work of "Islamic extremists," a panel of speakers told an audience at Rutgers-Camden on Tuesday. "The term Islamic extremists is a contradiction in terms," said Imam Shaheed Muhammed of the United Muslim Masjid in Philadelphia. Most Muslims, he added, "are just as much in fear for our lives from ISIS" and other terrorists "as anyone else. " His views echoed those of the two other panelists, who spoke before a gathering of about 100 students in the student center.
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June 22, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
DURING the month of Ramadan, which began June 17 and ends July 17, the Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge becomes a whirlwind of activity, with worshippers coming and going at nearly all hours of the day. The mosque's musalla, or prayer room, is busy but quiet. At night, hundreds of worshippers pack the room shoulder-to-shoulder, led in prayer by a few young men who have memorized the entire 640-page Quran. It's a welcoming place, even to curious visitors. "We don't ask 'Who are you?
NEWS
September 26, 2014
IS PRESIDENT OBAMA an Islamophobe? Does he hate Muslims? Those pushing that lie to inflame Muslims are anti-West, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-democratic and anti-modernity jihadis. In this regard - and probably in this regard only - President Obama and Pamela Geller are on the same page. They are anti-radical Islam. Obama is careful with his words. Geller, co-founder of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, is not, often extending her disdain to all of Islam.
NEWS
June 9, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
Halal Hustler T-shirts and Muslim Princess tote bags were for sale, as were funnel cakes and fried chicken. At the Islamic Heritage Festival on Saturday at Penn's Landing, Muslim culture meshed with classic summer festival tradition. "Muslims are just as much a part of American life as other cultural traditions," said Abdul Rahim Muhammad, director of the Islamic Cultural Preservation and Information Council, which started the festival 21 years ago. Billed as the largest festival of its kind in the United States, the annual event celebrates "unity in diversity," Rahim Muhammad said, standing in front of a table displaying a propped-up Quran, the main religious text in Islam, and pamphlets titled "Understanding Shariah" and "What Does Islam Say About Terrorism?"
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April 16, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
Calls from some legislators to ban American Muslims from following Islamic law are born of a "bogeyman fear" that Muslims will try to impose their way of life on others of different faiths, an imam and author of books on Islam said Sunday at Congregation Beth El in Voorhees. "It's illogical. It's a fear tactic. It's stupid," Imam Sohaib Sultan told more than 100 people who attended "Islamic Sharia Law: Myths and Facts," an interfaith event hosted by Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of Southern New Jersey.
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October 5, 2012 | By Maggie Michael, Associated Press
CAIRO - Egyptian authorities on Thursday released two Coptic Christian boys taken into juvenile detention for allegedly urinating on the Quran, but they will remain under investigation, a security official said. Even as news spread that the boys would be freed, their village remained tense. According to priest in the village, located in the province of Beni Suef south of Cairo, local leaders of Gamaa Islamiya - once a prominent militant group - took to mosques, rallying Muslims to rise up against the order to release the boys.
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September 3, 2012 | By Rebecca Santana, Associated Press
ISLAMABAD - A Muslim cleric is accused of stashing pages of a Quran in a Christian girl's bag to make it seem like she burned the Islamic holy book, a surprising twist in a case that caused an international outcry over the country's strict blasphemy laws. Pakistani police arrested Khalid Chishti late Saturday after a member of the cleric's mosque accused the imam of planting evidence as a way to push the Christians out of the neighborhood. Chishti denied the charges Sunday while being led to court in shackles, wearing a white blindfold.
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August 28, 2012 | By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A series of miscommunications, poor guidance, and soldiers' decisions to take "the easy way instead of the right way" resulted in the burning of Qurans and other religious books at a U.S. base in Afghanistan early this year, according to the findings of a military investigation released Monday. The U.S. military said six Army soldiers escaped criminal charges but received administrative punishments for their involvement in the Quran burning, which roiled relations with Afghans.
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