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August 18, 2008

Muslim Marriage Contracts: Equality or PR Stunt?
Yet another attempt to make Sharia law more palatable to Britons.

by Mary Jackson

The quest for a reformed Islam is a triumph of hope over experience. The experience is fourteen hundred years of violent conquest, killing of unbelievers, subjugation of women, slavery, and stagnation. The hope? Right now it’s a British think tank called the Muslim Institute. From the Telegraph:

Muslim women are to be guaranteed equal rights in marriage under a new wedding contract negotiated by leading Islamic organizations and clerics in Britain.

Hailed as the biggest change in Sharia law in Britain for 100 years, a married Muslim couple will now have equal rights. A husband will have to waive his right to polygamy, allowed under Islamic law, in the new contract which has been described as “revolutionary.”
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Source: Frankfort Station (IL)

Ruff responds to AIA press conference

by Joe Hillenmeyer

August 17, 2008

Click here to view in full the e-mail sent by Paul Ruffhttp://www.mokenamessenger.com/SitePage-24708.112113_Paul_Ruff_Email.html

In an exclusive interview with Mokena Messenger and Frankfort Station staff, on Friday, Aug. 15, Frankfort Township Assessor Paul Ruff, along with deputy assessor Kevin Burns addressed accusations that Ruff forwarded an anti-Muslim e-mail to people in the Mokena and Frankfort areas.
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Family Security Matters
 
August 19, 2008

Textbook Lies about Islam

Gilbert T. Sewall

Islam is one of the most important issues of our time, but you wouldn't know it from reading a high school textbook. What students learn makes it almost impossible to understand Islam in history or the world today, much less what fuels Islam's challenge to peace and international security.
 
A review of leading textbooks used in New York City and nationwide reveals they deliberately misrepresent Islamic history, jihad, Islamic law (sharia), global terrorism, and more.
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Independent.co.UK

Johann Hari: We need to stop being such cowards about Islam
 
Thursday, 14 August 2008
 
This is a column condemning cowardice – including my own. It begins with the story of a novel you cannot read. The Jewel of Medina was written by a journalist called Sherry Jones. It recounts the life of Aisha, a girl who was married off at the age of six to a 50-year-old man called Mohamed ibn Abdallah. On her wedding day, Aisha was playing on a see-saw outside her home. Inside, she was being betrothed. The first she knew of it was when she was banned from playing out in the street with the other children. When she was nine, she was taken to live with her husband, now 53. He had sex with her. When she was 14, she was accused of adultery with a man closer to her own age. Not long after, Mohamed decreed that his wives must cover their faces and bodies, even though no other women in Arabia did.
 
You cannot read this story today – except in the Koran and the Hadith. The man Mohamed ibn Abdallah became known to Muslims as "the Prophet Mohamed", so our ability to explore this story is stunted. The Jewel of Medina was bought by Random House and primed to be a best-seller – before a University of Texas teacher saw proofs and declared it "a national security issue". Random House had visions of a re-run of the Rushdie or the Danish cartoons affairs. Sherry Jones's publisher has pulped the book. It's gone.
 
In Europe, we are finally abolishing the lingering blasphemy laws that hinder criticism of Christianity. But they are being succeeded by a new blasphemy law preventing criticism of Islam – enforced not by the state, but by jihadis. I seriously considered not writing this column, but the right to criticise religion is as precious – and hard-won – as the right to criticise government. We have to use it or lose it.
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