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Friday May 3, 2013 Religion News Briefs:
The late Sun Myung Moon, a fantasist who claimed to be the Messiah, once said that after he died, “I will continue to lead the church from the spirit world.” If that’s so, why is the cult going through a power struggle?
Muslim cleric Yousuf Badri is belligerent and rude during a television interview, but the female hosts puts him in his place.
And we go back to the Seventies, with the Source Family.
Saturday January 28, 2012 Islam • Netherlands • RNB's Religion News Blog:
People wearing burqas, balaclavas or all-in-one motorbike helmets in public in the Netherlands will soon face fines. On Friday, government ministers voted to outlaw all clothing which covers the face.
“People must be able to look each other in the face and be recognisable to one another. The wearing of face-covering clothing does not fit in with the Netherlands’ open society, in which participation in social traffic is actually crucial,” the cabinet said Friday.
Tuesday August 23, 2011 Islam • Kenya:
Muslim leaders in Kenya say they will continue to oppose a decision by Roman Catholic bishops, announced on 19 August, that students in Catholic schools may not wear the hijab
, or head covering, worn by many devout Muslim girls and women.
The bishops cited long-existing church tradition, discipline and philosophies when announcing the rule.
Monday April 11, 2011 France • Islam • RNB's Religion News Blog:
A law banning the wearing of garments that cover the face in public has today come into force in France — the first European country to impose such a ban. Penalties for forcing a person to wear a burqa are part of the law.
The ban is seen as primarily affecting Muslim women who wear the niqab or burqa.
Monday October 4, 2010 Islam:
Hundreds of girls are bring forced by British schools to wear the Islamic veil
in a move which has been heavily criticised by mainstream Muslims.
Islamic schools have introduced uniform policies which force girls to wear the burka or a full headscarf and veil known as the niqab.
Moderate followers of Islam said yesterday that enforcement of the veil was a “dangerous precedent” and that children attending such schools were being “brainwashed
Tuesday September 28, 2010 Islam • Religion in the Workplace • RNB's Religion News Blog:
woman who said Disneyland
wouldn’t let her wear a religious headscarf
on her job as a vacation planner or ticket seller – the second such complaint in recent weeks – has reached an agreement
with the Southern California theme park and is now wearing a Disney-provided blue scarf and beret-style hat to work.
The park worked with Abdallah to design a covering to match her costume
and meet her religious needs, Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said. She’s been wearing a blue scarf topped with a beret since early this month.
“Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has a long history of accommodating a variety of religious requests
from cast members of all faiths — with more than 200 accommodations made over the last three years and this instance was no different,” Brown said
in a statement.
However, the woman in question is not Imane Boudlal
, the hostess at Storyteller’s Cafe in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, who was part of a media dust-up last month after she refused management’s offer to either remove her hijab or take a job working out of public view.
Wednesday September 15, 2010 France • Islam:
The French parliament passed a law Tuesday prohibiting wearing a full-face veil
in public, meaning a ban will come into force early next year if it is not overturned by senior judges.
The Senate passed the bill by 246 votes to one. The bill already cleared the lower house in July, and will now be reviewed by the Constitutional Council, which has a month to confirm its legality.
Saturday July 17, 2010 Islam:
A British lawmaker is refusing to meet female Muslim constituents who wear face-covering veils and has proposed a law banning the practice altogether, he said on Saturday.
The MP, Philip Hollobone, says “God gave us faces to be expressive. It is not just the words we utter but whether we are smiling, sad, angry or frustrated. You don’t get any of that if your face is covered.”
Friday July 9, 2010 Islam:
On July 13, members of the lower house of the French parliament are expected to vote on a bill that would make it illegal
women to wear full veils
— those that cover all of the face except the eyes — in public places.
Majorities in Germany (71%), Britain (62%) and Spain (59%) would also support a similar ban in their own countries. In contrast, most Americans would oppose such a measure; 65% say they would disapprove of a ban on Muslim women wearing full veils in public places compared with 28% who say they would approve.
Monday June 21, 2010 Human Rights Violations • Islam • RNB's Religion News Blog:
Iran's hard-line Muslim clerics are determined
to reverse the trend of what they regard as "badly veiled women
" -- those who wear looser, less strict head scarves
and tight overcoats. These Muslim extremists
believe they are holding up "the law of God, which is above human rights."
Wednesday May 19, 2010 Islam:
The French government decided Wednesday to impose a $185 fine on women who wear a full-face Islamic veil in public, pushing ahead with a controversial ban despite signs of tension between France’s Muslims and the Christian-tradition majority.
President Nicolas Sarkozy said his government was forwarding the legislation to parliament because it had a “moral responsibility” to uphold traditional European values in the face of an increasingly visible Muslim population, estimated at more than 5 million, the largest in Western Europe.
Wednesday May 12, 2010 Islam:
The French parliament unanimously approved a resolution that would declare the full facial veil known as a burqa
as an affront to French values, paving the way for a full-fledged ban on the garment worn by a small minority of French Muslim women.
If the bill becomes law, France would be the second country in Europe after Belgium to prohibit the wearing of the full veil in public.
Wednesday May 5, 2010 Islam:
Italian police fined a woman $665 for wearing an Islamic face veil
, the first punishment of its kind in Italy but the latest in a wave of sanctions against the niqab in Europe.
Representatives of the Islamic community in Italy warned that the issue was a delicate one, but agreed that police in Novara were simply following the rules and said the issue was not a religious one.
Monday April 26, 2010 Islam • Polygamy:
A Muslim butcher who could be stripped of his French passport over allegations of polygamy
hit back on Monday, insisting that he had not broken the law.
Lies Hebbadj, an Algerian-born 35-year-old, has been at the centre of a political storm since last week when his wife complained that she had been fined for driving while wearing her “niqab” full-face veil
Saturday April 24, 2010 Islam:
The case of a French Muslim woman fined for driving while wearing a full-face veil — a garment the government wants to ban in public — raised a furore Friday over human rights and led a minister to challenge her husband’s status in France.
The Nantes incident took on another political dimension when France’s interior minister, Brice Hortefeux, wrote to ask his colleague Eric Besson in immigration to look into the woman’s husband, who he alleged may belong to a radical group and may be a polygamist with four wives and 12 children.
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