Anti-mosque protesters to harrass Muslim worshippers with dogs

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Tuesday denounced a planned anti-mosque protest by California Tea Party supporters who are being told to bring dogs to harass Muslim worshippers during Friday congregational prayer, or the jum ‘ah.

CAIR’s office in Greater Los Angeles called on local officials and interfaith leaders to demonstrate support for the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley, the target of the July 30 protest by the Southwest Riverside County (SWRC) Tea Party group. The protest is in opposition to a proposal for a new mosque in the area.

An e-mail declaring the anti-mosque protest sent to area newspapers by “a leader of a conservative coalition that has been active with Republican and Tea Party functions” stated: “An Islamic Mosque is planned to be built in Temecula. Islam is not a religion. It is a worldwide political movement meant on domination of the world. And it is meant to subjugate all people under Islamic law… Islam treats women as second class people and they also hate dogs. Women are forbidden to sing and dogs are killed. We will not be submissive to Shariah Law. Tennessee was able to stop the mosque, so bring your Bibles, flags, signs, dogs and singing voice on Friday.”

“Californians of all faiths should repudiate those who would target a house of worship using tactics specifically designed to cause offense,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush.

“National and state Tea Party leaders should explain why their campaign has apparently deviated from its agenda on fiscal responsibility and limited government to the promotion of Islamophobia.” (Source)

France bans the niqab

Due to the French law, Amnesty International has condemned an overwhelming vote by the lower house of the French parliament to ban the wearing of full-face veils in public.

Three hundred and thirty six parliamentarians voted for the measure on Tuesday, with only one opposing it.

“A complete ban on the covering of the face would violate the rights to freedom of expression and religion of those women who wear the burqa or the niqab as an expression of their identity or beliefs,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s expert on discrimination in Europe.

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Four missionaries arrested at Dearborn festival

Four Christian missionaries trying to convert Muslims were arrested and jailed Friday for disorderly conduct at the Arab festival in Dearborn, police said.

“We did make four arrests for disorderly conduct,” Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad said Saturday. “They did cause a stir.”

The four, who were said to be at the Dearborn Arab International Festival with a Christian group called Acts 17 Apologetics, were later released on bail.

Haddad said that he’s not taking sides in any dispute, but added that police have to keep the peace at a festival that draws 300,000 over three days.

“Everyone’s space should be respected,” Haddad said. “It’s Father’s Day weekend. … People are here to have a good time, and it’s our job to ensure security.”

The Free Press reported last year on the growing number of evangelical Christians targeting Dearborn to convert Muslims. (Source)