Calls for Interfaith Dialogue: News Roundup

When Islam is in the headlines, unfortunately it often involves discrimination, bullying or just general Islamophobia. But last week gave us some promising steps in the right direction with an interfaith convention in Geneva, Obama’s visit to Indonesia and rulings in Oklahoma and Georgia. 

Read on for last week’s news roundup.
 
Interfaith convention
 
 
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Obama in Indonesia
President Obama visited Indonesia and renewed his call for improved relations between Muslims and the west, emphasizing the need to focus on “expanded cooperation across a broad range of areas, from science to education” (New York Times).
 
Sharia law in Oklahoma
A federal judge temporarily barred the Oklahoma Election Board from certifying a voter-approved amendment that would prohibit state courts from considering Sharia law when making decisions. Muneer Awad, the Executive Director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed the suit saying the amendment was unconstitutional and publicly condemned Islam as a “threat to Oklahoma.” The judge will review the case again after both parties have time to file briefs (NewsOK).
 
Cemetery for a Georgia mosque
A City Council in Lilburn, Georgia voted to amend its zoning laws so a local mosque could build a cemetery. 70 people filled City Hall for the vote, many of them to oppose the change. This ruling came a year after the mosque’s congregation applied for rezoning to build the cemetery and was denied, and then filled a religious discrimination suit (AJC).

And a few more stories from around the web: