OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A gift intended to promote diversity in Oklahoma is generating controversy instead.
Oklahoma State Rep. Rex Duncan: Saying No to Islamists–That’s Hot
Several state lawmakers are returning copies of the Quran to a state panel on diversity after one lawmaker claimed the Muslim holy book condones the killing of innocent people.
In a letter to colleagues, state Representative Rex Duncan says “most Oklahomans do not endorse the idea of killing innocent women and children in the name of ideology.” At least 17 other legislators have notified the Governor’s Ethnic American Advisory Council that they too will return the gift.
BINGO! They Get It.
Rome, 25 Oct. (AKI) – A mosque in a small town outside Milan has been the target of a violent attack – the eighth on mosques in the region of Lombardy surrounding the city.
Italian media reports said the Alif Baa Islamic Centre, in the northern Italian city of Abbiategrasso, 20 kilometres west of Milan, was subjected to fresh violence on Wednesday.
Another mosque in the nearby city of Segrate was attacked on 5 August and the car of the Imam, Hamid Zariate, was destroyed.
The Islamic community of Abbiategrasso is considered to be one of the most integrated in northern Italy. It is also the hometown of the Italian missionary, Giancarlo Bossi, kidnapped by Philippino rebels in the south of the country in June and released after a month of captivity.
“There is a need for dialogue among religions,” said Bossi.
“Whoever committed this act is a fanatic who does not respect a sacred place.”
* Good Luck with that, Minister! Why don’t you check up on what Muhammedans believe? Something like this: “War is deceit.” “Allah has sanctioned the dissolution of your vows.” And: “If I take an oath and later find something else better than that, then I do what is better and expiate my oath.'”
* People who believe that will gladly sign any piece of paper, as long as they can carry on with their evil ways and spread Islam.
Rome, 24 Oct. (AKI) â€“ Italy’s interior minister Giuliano Amato will visit Rome’s mosque on Friday to present to Muslims a ‘Charter of Values for Citizenship and Integration’.
“It is the first public presentation of this important document,” the director of Italy’s Islamic Cultural Centre, Abdullah Redouane, said in a statement.
“Developed in consultation with various religious and civil society representatives, it establishes the principles for the harmonious integration in Italian society of non-Catholic communities.”
Amato, Redouane, and the Rome mosque’s imam Alaa Din al-Goobashi will be among those attending Friday’s presentation of the charter.
The document, which has symbolic rather than legal value, is aimed at immigrants belonging to Muslim and other faiths. The government plans to distribute it in immigrants’ centres, schools, and places of worship in Italy.
Italian authorities are also considering making the charter available in Italian embassies and consulates abroad, as well as in Italian offices that issue immigrants with permits of stay, residency and visas.
The charter was prepared by an interior ministry committee of experts following consultations with members of the Muslim, Protestant, Romanian and Russian Orthodox communities in Italy, the ItalianBishops Conference (CEI), immigrant groups and charities that assist immigrants.
The idea of a charter outlining common values to be subscribed by Muslims was first launched by Amato in August 2006.
It came after Italy’s largest Muslim group, the Union of Islamic Communities in Italy (UCOII) published an advertisement in several newspapers likening Israel’s actions in the July War against Lebanon and in the Palestinian territories to Nazi atrocities during World War II.
At the suggestion of Muslim groups, the charter’s scope was subsequently broadened to include other immigrant communities in Italy.