Muslim parent upset over school flyer promoting church’s Easter egg hunt

April 4, 2014

 

Some Muslim parents are concerned about public schools in Dearborn handing out flyers to all students advertising an Easter egg hunt, saying it violates the principle of church and state separation.

A flyer headlined “Eggstravaganza!” was given to students this week at three elementary schools in the Dearborn Public Schools district, which has a substantial number of Muslim students. The flyer described an April 12 event at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church in Dearborn featuring an egg hunt, relay race, and egg toss. It asked students to RSVP “to secure your free spot” and included images of eggs and a bunny.

“It really bothered my two kids,” said parent Majed Moughni, who is Muslim and has two children, ages 7 and 9, in Dearborn elementary schools. “My son was like, ‘Dad, I really don’t feel comfortable getting these flyers, telling me to go to church. I thought churches are not supposed to mix with schools.’ ”

Moughni said he’s concerned about “using school teachers paid by public funds … to pass out these flyers that are being distributed by a church. I think that’s a serious violation of separation of church and state.”

David Mustonen, spokesman for Dearborn Public Schools, did not respond Thursday to several requests by the Free Press for comment.

The pastor of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church defended the flyer, saying it was approved for distribution by Dearborn Public Schools and is not promoting a religious event.

“It’s designed to be an opportunity to invite the community to come for a day of activity,” said Pastor Neeta Nichols of Cherry Hill. “There is not a religious component to this event.”

And in recent years, other Muslim parents have complained about what they say are attempts to convert their children. The Conquerors, a Grandville-based group of Christian athletes who display feats of strength to spread the message of Jesus, have performed in Dearborn schools, drawing some concern. In 2009, there was controversy over an assistant wrestling coach who some parents said was trying to convert Muslim wrestlers, which the coach denied.

Moughni said he greatly respects Christianity, but believes that schools should not promote events related to religious holidays. He said he would oppose flyers that promoted events at mosques as well.

Detroit Free Press: http://www.freep.com/article/20140404/NEWS05/304040016/Muslim-parents-upset-over-flier-promoting-Easter-egg-hunt-at-church

Republican conference objects to anti-Islam label

March 29, 2014

 

There are lots of threats to America and ways to destroy the U.S., and it’s not just one particular kind of enemy who might do it, members of the Tennessee Republican Assembly were told Saturday.

They heard a session on economic warfare. They heard about electromagnetic pulse — damaging bursts of atmospheric energy triggered in space or by atomic bombs. They heard about Russia and China backing nuclear weapons in North Korea and Iran.

The point is, speakers said, there’s no single issue to worry about. And they objected to characterizations of the event as anti-Islam, despite top billing for authors who have written at length about Islam’s threat to America.

The Tennessee Republican Assembly’s annual conference came under scrutiny recently by area Muslims, who wanted the Tennessee Republican Party to disavow it after confusion over the two groups’ relationship.

Tennessee GOP deputy executive director Michael Sullivan said the groups are unaffiliated, so the party couldn’t comment on the assembly’s activities.

But the assembly calls itself “The Republican Wing of the Republican Party,” and the event stage in a packed ballroom at the Millennium Maxwell House was adorned with a banner inviting people to join the RINO Hunters Club. It stands for Republican In Name Only.

Michael Del Rosso, an event headliner who helped write “Shariah: The Threat to America,” took that stage to criticize the U.S. for failing to protect its energy and communications systems from electromagnetic pulse, and he discussed legislation aimed at doing that. His formal speech held few mentions of Islam, but he discussed the book and the topic at length afterward.

He’s not anti-Islam, he said, and in fact likes to barbecue lamb for his Muslim friends. He’s simply bringing to light documents proving that the nation’s Islamic centers are terrorist recruiting stations and that America is in danger of falling under Shariah.

Drost Kokoye, a board member with the American Muslim Advisory Council, said she was still comfortable characterizing the conference as anti-Islam since that topic was used to promote it — including in a picture on the event’s website.

“To say we’re not just against Muslims, we’re against everyone against America, it carries the connotation that all Muslims are against America,” she said. “That’s hyper-paranoia. Sadly, it works here.”

The Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2014/03/29/republican-conference-objects-anti-islam-label/7058227/

Anti-Islam Banner in front of Mosque

January 17, 2014

Anti-Islam banner infront of mosque

“The mosque brings nothing good… just rapists and terrorists” read a banner that appeared last night near the entrance of one of the mosques in Civitanova Marche. The banner expressed religious intolerance towards Islam. The message appeared overnight and was removed in the early morning. A member of the Facebook group Speaker’s Corner had posted the picture and many of the group’s members have expressed outrage, no one has claimed to have created the banner. This event harks back to an earlier event in 2009 when the Mosque of Virgilio Street was also vandalized.

 

Cronache macerata: http://www.cronachemaceratesi.it/2014/01/17/striscione-anti-islam-di-fronte-alla-moschea/421450/

“Mosques in Italy:” The Northern League and Muslims in confrontation

January 14, 2014

 

On Friday January 17th laws, rights and the overall distrust. The conference is titled “the Northern League and Young Muslims in confrontation” and will take place in Bologna. The Northern League will be represented by Umberto Bosco, board member of the Emilia party. Representing the Young Muslims will be Yassine Lafram, from Turin and of Moroccan origin.

Bosco promises that the event “will bring about a heated but civil debate between supposedly antipodal positions. The topic of the mosques is very controversial but little known, and the debate will not be a simple opportunity to reiterate the familiar opposition of the Northern League to their construction, but the opportunity to clarify and argue its position.”

 

Modena 2000: http://www.modena2000.it/2014/01/14/moschee-in-italia-lega-nord-e-musulmani-a-confronto-venerdi-a-bologna/

Savona: A Saturday Meeting between faiths

January 8, 2014

 

Young Christians, Muslims and other faiths led by a bishop will gather in the Savona cathedral in the name of interreligious coexistence. The event will be held next Saturday, January 11 at 3.30, in the Cathedral of Savona.

This is a now annual initiative and has led many of different faiths and in symbolic places such as Assisi and Bethlehem. The event is a significant moment of unity among Muslims, Catholics and members of other religions around the nativity crib and attended by the Bishop Vittorio Lupi.

The event will be attended by Zahoor Zargar, President of the Islamic communities in Liguria as well as the pastor of the Cathedral, Don Giovanni Margara.

 

L43 Local: http://www.ivg.it/2014/01/savona-sabato-cristiani-musulmani-insieme-incontro-duomo-il-vescovo/

Savona News: http://www.savonanews.it/339/?tx_ttnews%5Byear%5D=2014&tx_ttnews%5Bmonth%5D=01&tx_ttnews%5Bday%5D=08&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=615749&tx_ttnews%5Bcat%5D=640&cHash=d6aa08868bf89dd918b1960c9581e3cd

Moderate Islam Lands in Sicily

December 13, 2013

 

PALERMO – The Confederation of Italian Islam, a network of mosques founded two years ago by the Imam Wahid el Fihri, landed in Sicily today. An event is scheduled for Saturday, December 14 and will include a meeting with the Regional Federation of Sicily, who will join other regional leaders of the organization in the confederation. The confederation now represents more than 200 mosques throughout Italy.

El Fihri – “After founding the confederation in all regions of the north and center of Italy” explains Fihri “we now have members in the south of the country. After our visit to Campania, led by Abdullah Cozzolino over the weekend, we will start our event in Sicily.”

The Consulate of Morocco will also participate in the event, scheduled for the morning in Piazza Santa Chiara. The guest of the day will be the consulate of Morocco in Palermo, Sabri Ahmed, who will lead a welcome to his fellow citizens that are part of the Federation.

 

Corriere del Mezzogiorno: http://corrieredelmezzogiorno.corriere.it/palermo/notizie/cronaca/2013/13-dicembre-2013/islam-moderati-sbarca-sicilia-2223793158047.shtml

International Business Times: http://it.ibtimes.com/articles/60212/20131212/islam.htm

Prosecutors ask for 1 month’s arrest and 100-euro fine for Santanchè

November 18, 2013

 

Prosecutors asked that Daniela Santanchè who organized an unauthorized demonstration be jailed for a month and fined € 100. The anti-burka demonstration outside of Milan’s Muslim cultural center was conducted on September 20, 2009. The prosecutor also asked that a 2000-euro fine be instituted against an Egyptian, Ahmed El Badry, who allegedly punched Santanchè the then deputy of the political party Movement for Italy.

Daniela Santanchè is both defendant and the injured party, and by all accounts she was the “promoter” of that event and never sent a “formal communication” required by law. The event was held on the closing day of Ramadan and which was attended by protestors against the use of the Muslim burqa, which was defined in the courtroom as a “a portable prison.” Allegedly, Santanchè attempted to unveil some women angering Muslim men around her.

The representative of the prosecution, is asking for a month’s arrest and a fine of € 100. However, the judge specified the offense is a misdemeanor; he then pointed out that the then leader of the Movement for Italy deserves the granting of extenuating circumstances.

Contrastingly, the Egyptian who that day had allegedly hit Santanchè which took her to the hospital did not deserve extenuating circumstances stating that he did not have a reason to strike. Daniela Santanchè, in her testimony, repeated the version of the story she has always stated. She went during the prayer for the end of Ramadan, to see “in person” if Muslim women respected the “law of the Italian State,” which proscribes women from covering their faces.

 

Tiscali: http://notizie.tiscali.it/articoli/cronaca/13/11/18/chiesto_arresto_santanche.html

The First meeting of the Confederation of Young Islamic Italians

November 11, 2013

 

The first meeting of the Confederation of Young Islamic Italians (GCII) is planned for next Sunday, 17 November, in Rome. The event is promoted by the Lazio section of the newly formed Islamic education of youth. In a statement the president of the Italian Islamic Confederation, Wahid el Fihri, explained “We expect hundreds of young Muslims from different regions of Italy for the first national meeting which will be held at the auditorium of the Center Islamic cultural center of Italy, better known as the Great Mosque of Rome.“

“Our goal is to give our children one more tool to stay away from the sirens of extremism and give them the ability to fight for a moderate Islam, which is open to interreligious dialogue and respectful of the rules and culture of others. Above all, moderate Islam is able to integrate into Italian society in accordance with our traditions.” The event will include a recitation of the Quran, a parade of children dressed in traditional Moroccan and other Muslim countries clothing. After the presentation of the new Islamic youth group, there will be an open dialogue between parents and children regarding the problems of Muslim families living in Italy.

The Confederation, founded as a union of regional federations, was founded in March 2012 and brings together the 250 centers and places of worship scattered throughout the country, who have chosen to share common values​​, in line with the “Charter of Values, Citizenship and Immigration” promulgated by the Ministry of the Interior in 2007.

 

International Business Times: http://it.ibtimes.com/articles/58922/20131114/islam.htm

Muslims Come Together for the Festival of Sacrifice

October 14, 2013

Eid al-Adha, Eid al-Kabir, Kurban Bajram and dozens of other names depending on where you are in the world for this one occasion, called the Feast of Sacrifice, observed by all Muslims in the world. It celebrates the faith of the Prophet Abraham, which was so strong as to make him obey the order of Allah to sacrifice his son Ishmael.

Muslims will celebrate Festival for the end of Ramadan in Trieste tomorrow at 9 am. Civil and religious authorities will attend as well as anyone who wants to attend the event. “Following tradition” says the president of the Islamic Center of Via Pascoli, Saleh Igbaria “we will start with prayer, which will be followed by a sermon, given by the Imam Aziz El Barikhi. Then refreshments will be served and all are invited.” Because, in addition to being open to the community in Trieste, the party is a condition expressly laid down by the Qur’an, in which you use this time to strengthen family ties, friendships and make new ones. Traditionally, this event is celebrated by sacrificing an animal, like a sheep or a goat. This stems from a time when power was precarious and meat was a luxury, a condition that unfortunately is still true in many parts of the world, but certainly not in Italy. We have no need to celebrate in this way. We have no religious slaughter “And the president points out: ‘the halal meat, that is slaughtered according to Islamic ritual, is now easily available in supermarkets in Trieste. What’s more, according to the dictates of our religion, we can also eat meat slaughtered by all the so-called “people of the Book” which includes Christians and Jews.

 

Il Piccolo: http://ilpiccolo.gelocal.it/cronaca/2013/10/14/news/musulmani-riuniti-per-la-festa-del-sacrificio-1.7925920