Muslim PR

The Muslim organisation behind the “Jesus is a Prophet of Islam” billboards will begin screening a TV commercial espousing Islamic values during some top-rating programs.

For story: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=28743

Or: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/10831906/tv-campaign-to-explain-muslim-faith/

Or: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/muslim-organisation-mypeace-to-show-commercials-espousing-islamic-values-during-top-rating-tv-shows/story-e6freuy9-1226174951408

To view commercial: http://video.dailytelegraph.com.au/2158567028/First-primetime-TV-ad-for-Islam

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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Islam in Canada

The Barnabas Fund reports that a British-based group linked to Islamism has launched a campaign to establish a presence in Canada. For story: http://www.barnabasfund.org/Islamist-group-launch-campaign-in-Canada.html

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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UK Polygamy

Though illegal, a growing number of young British Muslims are taking second or third wives in an unexpected revival of polygamy, according to religious leaders. For more: http://muslimvillage.com/2011/09/28/polygamy-boom-amongst-british-muslims/

For related story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2041244/Polygamy-Investigation-Muslim-men-exploit-UK-benefits-system.html#ixzz1Z3UcjOWq

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POSTED 4 Oct 2011
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Twin Towers Mosque

An Islamic community centre that fuelled angry demonstrations because of its proximity to the site of the Sept 11, 2001, attacks has opened quietly in Lower Manhattan, drawing no protesters, reports Muslimvillage.com. For story: http://muslimvillage.com/2011/09/25/ground-zero-mosque-opens-with-no-controversy/

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POSTED 4 Oct 2011
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Indonesian Problems

In Bogor, Indonesia, the city mayor is refusing to allow a church to open, saying that churches should not be built on a street with an Islamic name. For story: http://www.barnabasfund.org/Church-cant-open-on-street-with-Islamic-name-Indonesian-mayor.html

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POSTED 11 Sep 2011
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Muslim Census

Muslim organisations are urging Muslims to declare that they are Muslim in the upcoming Australian census to be held Aug 9, 2011. Muslimvillage.com says in its article “It’s time for Australian Muslims to be counted”:

“It is therefore essential that as individuals, we take the first step and participate in the 2011 Census, ensuring our religious identity is captured, so that as a community our needs are also recognised, our concerns are addressed by the right people, and our voice is heard by the democratic representatives of our nation.” Muslim leaders believe that the 2006 census underestimates the real number of Muslims.

Meanwhile, adverts have been on display in national papers encouraging people of no religion to say so, rather than nominate the religion of their birth. While no organisation is named in the adverts, the Atheist Foundation of Australia is running a campaign as is the British Humanist Association in the UK. Funding from Govt into religious programs is determined by census details. The lower the number of Christians, the less money that will be available to religious programmes and organisations.

For atheist foundation of Australia anti-religion campaign: http://www.atheistfoundation.org.au/media-releases/mark-no-religion-campaign-begins-2011-census

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POSTED 15 Aug 2011
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Jesus Mosque

A mosque in Amman, Jordan has become the first in the Arab world to be named after Jesus, reports the Vatican Insider.

For more: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=27319

Or: http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/homepage/world-news/detail/articolo/giordania-moschea-jordan-mosque-jordania-mezquita-6029/

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POSTED 13 Aug 2011
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Halal Training

The Barnabas Fund report that “the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC), which is also the Australian halal authority and the country’s leading Muslim body, has called for the establishment of a halal training centre. It says that a new taxpayer-funded halal training centre – costing a “couple of million dollars” – would prepare refugees for jobs slaughtering animals in rural areas. If the proposal is accepted, the ongoing attempts by Muslim organisations to develop halal compliance in Australia would receive a major boost.”

Meanwhile the Dutch government has passed a bill banning the slaughter of livestock without stunning. For full story: http://www.barnabasfund.org/Campaign-updates/Export-crisis-prompts-calls-for-halal-training-centre-in-Australia.html

Or: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/ipad/train-more-halal-slaughterers-muslim-group/story-fn6bqphm-1226078220272

For Dutch ban: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/dutch-move-to-ban-slaughter-of-livestock-which-hasnt-been-stunned/story-e6frg6so-1226084017408

For more on halal food: http://christiangleanings.com/?s=halal

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POSTED 19 Jul 2011
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Muslim Advertising

Nathan Klein from the Daily Telegraph reports: “Television commercials aimed at improving the “concerning” way many Australians perceive Muslims will soon hit our screens.

They are the brainchild of mypeace.com.au – the same group of Muslims behind the “Jesus is a Prophet of Islam” billboards across the city.” For full story: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/devout-muslim-diaa-mohamed-sharing-the-real-truth-of-islam/story-e6freuzi-1226094926782

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POSTED 19 Jul 2011
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Ethiopia Sentences

The Barnabas Fund reports: “Ethiopian courts have sentenced 579 Muslims to jail terms of up to 18 years for their part in the widespread anti-Christian violence in which scores of churches and homes were burnt down, and thousands of Christians were displaced.” For story: http://www.barnabasfund.org/Muslims-jailed-for-attacks-on-Christians-in-Ethiopia.html

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POSTED 19 Jul 2011
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