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St. Louis Muslims Raise More Than $60,000 to Repair Jewish Cemetery Damaged by Vandals

St. Louis Muslims Raise More Than $60,000 to Repair Jewish Cemetery Damaged by Vandals | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

 I thought we should all be reminded of what some of our "evil" Muslim neighbors are doing. How dare they try to help restore cemeteries that goonish white Christian Americans have vandalized? Sure the vandals are small in number, but let's not lose sight of who they are. 

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Every now and again people in the US take action agains the evil around them. Such times make me happier and prouder to be an American. In this case, I celebrate the decency of the Muslim community of St. Louis and hope this story will give pause to those who are so quick to think that Islam is inherently anti-American values. 
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How a Gaza Christian became a blind Muslim's eyes

How a Gaza Christian became a blind Muslim's eyes | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The longstanding friendship between a blind Muslim man and a Christian demonstrates how Gaza residents feel that everyone is in the same boat regardless of their religion.
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If there is a loving god who created this world. we can find him here, in this story of simple friendship. Christian and Muslim, two men of decency and faith. 
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When Donald Trump's words scared this Muslim girl, these Army vets responded perfectly.

When Donald Trump's words scared this Muslim girl, these Army vets responded perfectly. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
#IWillProtectYou is spreading, and veterans are responding with heartwarming messages of support.
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I thought I'd share this heartwarming story with a question: Would you too stand against  a political leader, an administration, even a law that would single out a group—today Muslim but any group—for harassment, deportation, incarceration, or the disenfranchisement? Can we all believe in #IWillProtectYou>

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The World' s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society - Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

The World' s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society - Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new survey report looks at attitudes among Muslims in 39 countries on a wide range of topics, from science to sharia, polygamy to popular culture.
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The bottom line is can Muslims accept the goals of countries like the U.S., which believe in religious freedom, in their dealings with our nation and its citizens and especially if they wish to live here (and in those other countries)? This is in large part the same issue that tore Europe apart during the Reformation.

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A Muslim family got a hateful letter, and over 100 people answered it with kindness.

A Muslim family got a hateful letter, and over 100 people answered it with kindness. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
This immigrant family learned there are 100 allies for every Islamophobe.
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As long as those of us who care for our neighbors outnumber those who are hate-filled over 100 to 1, we are in good shape. Congratulations to the good people of Iowa City. 
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US stops British Muslim family from boarding flight to visit Disneyland

US stops British Muslim family from boarding flight to visit Disneyland | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
David Cameron to examine case of family of 11 had been granted authorisation to fly online in advance amid heightened terror concerns
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Now there's suspicious behavior: getting the proper visas, planning a visit to Disneyland, and bringing your kids. Quick, we need to build a wall. Protect the world and keep the paranoia in America.

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The Islam reformers vs. the Muslim zealots

The Islam reformers vs. the Muslim zealots | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The West would be foolish to refuse to pick a side in the Muslim Reformation.
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This article is one that all who wish to talk about the Middle East, Islam in the modern world, or American foreign policy should read as one of the starting points for intelligent discussion. 

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Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, May 6, 2015 1:23 PM

     It's hard not to agree with what's being said of politicians.  They are so afraid of being labeled an Islamaphobe they are willing to say "Islam is a peaceful religion."  I believe this to be true to a degree.  The element you need to consider are people.  People are either violent or peaceful.  Islamic fringe groups often espouse the rhetoric and stretch the meanings to fit the jihad they are waging.  Most Muslims want to lead a peaceful and quiet life.  They also strive for some modernity.  There will never be another "golden age" in the Muslim world.  The US has woven such an intricate relationship with the east.  I understand not wanting to offend.  But if you are calling the group a radical fringe (insert name here) Islamic group, call a spade a spade.  Because these radical fringe groups are espousing rhetoric from the Islamic law and Qu'ran.