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Freedom vs. Fear: Restricting Religious Liberty Isn't The Answer To Terrorism

Last week, a community meeting was held in Spotsylvania County, Va., to discuss plans by a group of Muslims who want to relocate and expand an Islamic center where they have been worshipping for 15 years.

What should have been a routine matter of zoning turned ugly when two men in the audience began hurling insults.

A Long Con: Extremist Encourages Police To Profile Muslims

A self-proclaimed “former terrorist” with strong ties to the Religious Right recently provided a training session to Ocean County, N. J., police academy. According to the Asbury Park Press, Palestinian-American Walid Shoebat openly encouraged his audience to single out Muslims for special scrutiny. He also told aspiring officers to beware of Muslims taking martial arts classes as this was evidence they were preparing for jihad.

Carson Says Muslims Are Not Fit To Be President Of United States

Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who is currently seeking the Republican nomination for president, apparently believes Americans should not elect a Muslim to the presidency because, he says, Islam is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution.

“I do not believe Sharia is consistent with the Constitution of this country,” Carson said, in an interview with The Hill in September. “Muslims feel that their religion is very much a part of your public life and what you do as a public official, and that’s inconsistent with our principles and our Constitution.”

Making 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue An Islam-Free Zone: Ben Carson Says No Muslim Should Be President

Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who is currently seeking the Republican nomination for president, apparently believes Americans should not elect a Muslim to the presidency because, he says, Islam is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution.

“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” Carson said during a “Meet the Press” interview on Sunday. “I absolutely would not agree with that.”

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Muslim In Headscarf Case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 1 that a Muslim woman who was denied a job at retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wears a headscarf has the right to sue the company.

The high court reinstated a lawsuit claiming that Abercrombie violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it declined to hire Samantha Elauf, a practicing Muslim who wears a headscarf for religious reasons. The company’s decision was based on its “look policy,” which prohibits employees from wearing hats and other head coverings.

Americans United Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Ruling In Headscarf Discrimination Case

The High Court Correctly Ruled In Favor Of Job Applicant Who Was Denied Employment Based On Her Religious Practice, Church-State Watchdog Says

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the freedom of religion by allowing a lawsuit challenging retailer Abercrombie & Fitch’s company policy that banned religious headgear for employees, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

Muslim Leader’s Prayer Invitation Sparks Fuss In North Dakota

A Muslim cleric scheduled to deliver a prayer before the North Dakota House of Representatives had his invitation rescinded after some lawmakers expressed objections to a non-Christian giving a prayer on Ash Wednesday.

The invocation was to be given Feb. 18 by Dr. Nadim Koleilat, a urology transplant surgeon and president of the Bismarck Muslim Community Center. He was allowed to address the North Dakota Senate that day instead.

The Grand Forks Herald reported that Koleilat’s message to the Senate was broadly non-sectarian and did not employ terms specific to Islam.

Texas Rep. Asks Muslims To Take Loyalty Oath

American Muslims visiting the office of Texas state Rep. Mol­ly White (R-Belton) were asked to confirm their loyalty to the United States by staffers, according to The Texas Tribune.

White, who was not present in her office for Texas Muslim Capitol Day, an annual citizen lobbying event, left an Israeli flag on her desk along with instructions for Muslim visitors to publicly renounce terrorism and announce their respect for American law.

House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) condemned White’s actions in a statement.

Ga. Town Council Reverses Stand On Zoning Exemption For Muslims

Facing a lawsuit, a Georgia city council reversed its vote rejecting a zoning variance for an Islamic prayer center.

The Kennesaw City Council originally voted 4-1 last month to deny the Suffa Dawat congregation a permit for a storefront worship space. Council members cited concerns about traffic, but congregants argued that the space would have simply acted as a temporary home during the construction of a permanent mosque.

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