Muslims reject move to stop new mosques

Muslim intellectuals have rejected a government plan to halt the construction of new mosques in Italy, arguing that it is a shortage of mosques – not the fact that there are too many – that has made it more difficult to monitor radical Islam. The anti-immigrant Northern League has renewed its calls to stop the building of additional mosques in the country. The calls follow the arrest of two suspected of plotting terrorist attacks in Milan. “It is far more important to regulate the various ‘cultural centers’ where Muslims in Italy have to gather for prayers because there are no more suitable venues,” said Gianpiero Vincenzo, the president of the Association of Muslim Intellectuals in Italy.

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Muslim summit in Rome looks at ways to fight radicalism

Members of Italy’s Muslim community met on Friday to find new ways to combat extremism. The meeting, held in Rome’s main mosque, was the first of its kind to be organized by the Association of Muslim Intellectuals. “We placed attention on the need to implement strategies to prevent Islamic radicalism and foster initiatives that aim to create a more accurate image of Islam,” said in a statement by the group. The group also asserted that it would support an initiative by Pope Benedict XVI who intends to read from parts of Genesis in a televised speech to be given in October. The president of the organization, Ahmad Gianpiero Vincenzo said that the group is “happy to participate in a moment of great religious and civil significance.

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Muslim summit in Rome looks at ways to fight radicalism

Members of Italy’s Muslim community met on Friday to find new ways to combat extremism. The meeting, held in Rome’s main mosque, was the first of its kind to be organized by the Association of Muslim Intellectuals. “We placed attention on the need to implement strategies to prevent Islamic radicalism and foster initiatives that aim to create a more accurate image of Islam,” said in a statement by the group. The group also asserted that it would support an initiative by Pope Benedict XVI who intends to read from parts of Genesis in a televised speech to be given in October. The president of the organization, Ahmad Gianpiero Vincenzo said that the group is happy to participate in a moment of great religious and civil significance.