Libya Bans Religious Political Parties: News Roundup

In the news: Report shows anti-Muslim discrimination in Europe, Libya banned political parties based on religion, the annual Holocaust "Day of Remembrance" focuses on the declining number of survivors, and other stories 

Human rights group Amnesty International says Muslims who openly show their faith suffer widespread discrimination in Europe.
 
In a new report, the group urges Europe\\\'s governments to do more to challenge negative stereotypes and prejudices against Muslims.
 
In particular, it says Muslims face exclusion from jobs and education for wearing traditional forms of dress. It also criticises the bans on Muslim women\\\'s veils passed in some states. BBC
 
Polls show 27 percent of Democrats would not vote for a Mormon, versus 18 percent of Republicans. According to Gallup, while only 18 percent of Republicans said they would oppose a Mormon candidate, among Democrats the figure was 27 percent. Newsweek
 
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has ordered military schools to make sure they are not including anti-Islamic themes in training courses, the Defense Department said on Wednesday, after complaints surfaced about the curriculum in a course dealing with terrorism and radicalism.
 
The chairman, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, ordered the review after students questioned some of the teachings in a class called Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism, which was being taught to midlevel officers at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va.
 
General Dempsey’s order was first reported by Danger Room, the national security blog of Wired magazine. It quoted his deputy for training, Lt. Gen. George Flynn, as calling the course “inflammatory” for including the message that Islam was at war with the United States. NY Times
 
Libya, preparing for elections in June, has banned parties based on religion, tribe or ethnicity, the government said on Wednesday, and a new Islamist party viewed as a leading contender signaled it would challenge the decision.
 
National Transitional Council spokesman Mohammed al-Harizy said the council passed the law governing the formation of political parties on Tuesday evening. “Parties are not allowed to be based on religion or ethnicity or tribe,” he told Reuters.
 
He did not make clear how this would affect a political party formed in March by Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists. The new party was expected to make a strong showing in the election, the first since last year’s overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed popular uprising. Reuters
 
The annual Holocaust "Day of Remembrance" was recently observed in Poland and other nations as well, and it took on special meaning this year to historians who are trying urgently to collect the remaining testimonies of eyewitnesses as their numbers dwindle.
 
One survivor dies in Israel every hour, according to the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Survivors in Israel, a nonprofit group based in Tel Aviv that helps care for needy survivors. Today, there are 198,000 survivors in Israel; 88% are 75 or older.
 
Israel\\\'s Yad Vashem memorial contains the largest archive in the world of historic material related to the Holocaust — or Shoah, as it is known in Hebrew — and it has been intensifying its campaign to record the accounts of survivors. Teams of historians have been dispatched to interview elderly survivors in their homes and collect artifacts. Religion News Service