Interesting and informative news article:
Chinese Muslims Ordered Released From GuantanamoRead More: Chinese Muslims Ordered Released From Guantanamo
By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 8, 2008; A01
A federal judge yesterday ordered a small band of Chinese Muslims being held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison released into the United States by Friday, rejecting the Bush administration's contention that it could detain them indefinitely without cause.
It was the first time a U.S. judge has ordered the release of a Guantanamo Bay detainee, and the first time a foreign national held at the facility in Cuba has been ordered transferred to the United States.
U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina issued his ruling in dramatic fashion from the bench in a packed courtroom, saying he was ordering the release of 17 Uighurs because the government provided no proof that they were enemy combatants or security risks. Under the order, the men will live with Uighur families in the Washington area until a more permanent situation can be found.
This excerpt is from Chris Rodda's Diary at the Daily KOS:
Muslim Children Gassed at Dayton Mosque After "Obsession" DVD Hits Ohio by Chris Rodda
Sun Sep 28, 2008 at 08:50:29 PM PDT
(From the diaries -- kos)
On Friday, September 26, the end of a week in which thousands of copies of Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West -- the fear-mongering, anti-Muslim documentary being distributed by the millions in swing states via DVDs inserted in major newspapers and through the U.S. mail -- were distributed by mail in Ohio, a "chemical irritant" was sprayed through a window of the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton, where 300 people were gathered for a Ramadan prayer service. The room that the chemical was sprayed into was the room where babies and children were being kept while their mothers were engaged in prayers. This, apparently, is what the scare tactic political campaigning of John McCain's supporters has led to -- Americans perpetrating a terrorist attack against innocent children on American soil.
All are invited to our community Iftar at Masjid al-Nur, Olympia Assalamualaikum brothers and Sisters in Islam, FREE Dinner and Ramadan Fast-breaking, with peace circles, prayers, meditation, reflection etc. We, the Islamic Center of Olympia will be putting together a big fundraising Iftar, Thursday September 11. Come one, come all, come hungry for a very delicious special ethnic food. It is well known in the Puget Sound area... ((smile!)) If you stay to hear Sheikh Joban's inspiring speech... alhamdulillah! May Allah reward you. If you decide to come just for Iftar... alhamdulillah, May Allah reward us for feeding those who fast. In any case, all are welcome... see you then Insha Allah Agenda Iftar (breaking fast) 7:31 Maghrib prayers Dinner Imam Joban: words of wisdom Venue:
Islamic Center of Olympia,
Masjid Al-Nur 4324 20th Ln NE
Olympia, WA 98516
Tel: (360) 491-5760
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I came across this news article in my scan of the news this morning. In it we find that if you insult Islam in the wrong place you will find yourself in court fighting for your life.
The effect this had on me was to appreciate our nation and culture for allowing all points of view, and the freedom to
express these views, with out fear.
Afghan journalist sentenced to death
"KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan journalist sentenced to death for distributing an article that allegedly violated Islam is actually being punished for reporting by his brother about abuses by northern warlords, a media group said Wednesday."