Friday, October 31, 2014

Sweden recognizes state of Palestine, Israel slams Stockholm move

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Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said Sweden made the move because Palestine had fulfilled the international law criteria required for such recognition.

The government of Sweden on Thursday officially recognized Palestine as a
state, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said.
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By Al Arabia | October 30, 2014

Israel recalled its ambassador to the Swedish capital of Stockholm for “consultations” on Thursday, after the European country officially recognized the state of Palestine, the Israeli foreign ministry spokesman said.

“This indeed reflects our irritation and annoyance at this unhelpful decision which does not contribute to a return to [peace] negotiations,” Emmanuel Nachshon told AFP.

Sweden in the first Western European country to officially recognized the state of Palestine, reflecting growing international exasperation over the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

USA: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Fort Worth Women’s Auxiliary hosted Women’s Expo

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The expo featured two keynote speakers, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Dr. Jamie Walker Erwin, an obstetrician and gynecologist who gave a presentation on preventative health care for women of all ages.

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By Deborah Fleck | October 30, 2014

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Fort Worth Women’s Auxiliary recently hosted a “Women’s Health and Wellness Interfaith Expo” at Tarrant County College South campus in Fort Worth. The Expo drew a diverse group of women form different religions, cultures, creeds and races. It was a representation of the community’s mission, which is unity in diversity.

The expo featured two keynote speakers, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Dr. Jamie Walker Erwin, an obstetrician and gynecologist who gave a presentation on preventative health care for women of all ages.

USA: Glen Ellyn Imam visits DuPage County, offers cooperation in community services

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Imam Shamshad offered his services for the betterment of education in the community in his capacity as a leader of the the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. 

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By Samrah Ahmad | October 30, 2014

Imam Shamshad A. Nasir of Baitul Jamay Mosque in Glen Ellyn met with Sheryl Markay, Deputy Chief of Staff DuPage County and Chad Shaffer, Policy and Program Administrator, DuPage County Board on Thursday, October 16th 2014 in Wheaton.

Imam Nasir introduced himself and the Ahmadiyya Muslim community which he belongs to.

Imam told the officials about the efforts which Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is making to establish peace in the world and how the leader of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has addressed in the European Parliament and Capital Hill and in has sent letters to various government leaders in good faith.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In Indonesia, hope for minister's religious freedom legislation

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The “political situation often prevents policies taken by the national government from being implemented by the local governments.”

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By Katharina R. Lestari |  October 30, 2014

Pledge to address church closures, attacks on minority mosques seen as positive

Members of several religious minority groups in Indonesia say they are cautiously optimistic about plans to draft a new bill to protect persecuted minorities in the predominantly Muslim country.

Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin told local media this week that his ministry plans to draft new legislation aimed at protecting religious freedom in a country where rights groups say there has been an alarming surge in intolerance in recent years.

“This is a new breakthrough for the current government,” Ahmad Hidayat, secretary general of the Indonesian Ahlulbait, an umbrella group for Shia followers, told ucanews.com Thursday.

USA: Satanic coloring book submitted to Orange schools for approval

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"To be sure, if our materials are consistent with their standards, they can’t simply deny our literature because of its religious viewpoint." [Satanic Temple spokesman]

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By Lauren Roth | Ocober 30, 2014

Satanic Temple submits coloring book, fact sheets for Orange school distribution

The Satanic Temple has submitted a Satanic coloring book and two fact sheets to Orange schools, requesting permission to give them out to students in January.

The coloring book (see the coloring book here) features cartoon children performing Satanic rituals and drawing pentragrams in school, along with a word search for words like "acceptance" and "friends" and a maze to reach the Necronmicon, a fabled occult spellbook. The children in the book wear Satanic symbols on their shirts and spread anti-bullying and religious tolerance messages. A coloring page features a girl reading in a study filled with Satanic art, books and symbols. A connect-the-dots sheet creates a pentagram.

District counsel Woody Rodriguez said legal staff would review the materials, as it did for a previous atheist group that distributed some materials to Orange students. There is no set timeline for a decision.

Glasgow: Youth Muslim organisation to take to city streets this weekend to raise funds for Poppy Appeal

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More than 200 volunteers from AMYA raised funds at Wembley in October and Glasgow organisers said they are keen to do their part.

File photo: UK's Ahmadiyya Muslim youths collect for Poppy Appeal
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By Tristan Stewart-Robertson | October 30, 2014

GLASWEGIAN members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) will be collecting for the Poppy Appeal at city locations on Sunday.

Young Muslim Glaswegians are teaming up with the Royal British Legion and Poppy Scotland this weekend to raise money for the fifth year for the armed forces, veterans and their families.

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) will be in St Enoch Square and outside Morrisons in Partick on Sunday collecting for the Poppy Appeal as part of a UK-wide campaign.

More than 200 volunteers from AMYA raised funds at Wembley in October and Glasgow organisers said they are keen to do their part.

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