This week in the news: Is religion going extinct in some countries? Would you be okay with a mosque being built in your neighborhood? Does denial of time off to perform the hajj equal religious discrimination? And Senator Dick Durbin plans his own hearings on Muslims – on protecting their civil rights.
“The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday found that 69% of Americans would be "OK" with a mosque in their area while 28% would not.But there are big differences depending on where you live. Half of rural Southerners say they disapprove of a mosque in their neighborhood, while 42% say they would be "OK" with it.That rises to roughly three-quarters among those who live in cities and suburbs.” (CNN)
Middle school teacher Safoorah Khan had been teaching math in a Chicago suburb for nine months when she put in a request for three weeks off to perform the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
On the heels of Rep. Peter King’s hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims comes a new set of hearings, this time on defending Muslims-Americans’ civil rights.