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Local Interfaith Leaders Denounce ISIS As 'Non-Islam'With Friday's indiscriminate and heartless violence so very raw, Minnesota's faith leaders are speaking with a simple clarity. Religious leaders are quick to point out that the violence that the terror group ISIS engages in has no foundation in the Islamic faith.
Minn. Muslim Group Calls Paris Attacks 'Unacceptable & Inexcusable'A Minnesota civil rights and advocacy group for Muslims has denounced the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement Saturday condemning the attacks that killed at least 127 people in Paris.
Township Accused Of Discrimination For Rejecting Islamic CemeteryAn Islamic civil rights group wants a federal investigation into a Dakota County township board's rejection of a proposed cemetery for Muslims last year
Controversial Columbia Heights Board Member Decides To ResignA Columbia Heights School Board Member accused of posting anti-Muslim comments on social media has decided to resign, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN).
Somali Community Program Key Tool In Fight Against ISISThere is no denying there is a terror recruitment problem in Minnesota. A problem made evident by the guilty plea of a teenager on Wednesday.
Activists Want More Transparency In Counterterrorism EffortsMuslim groups and civil rights activists across the nation on Thursday called for greater transparency in a program by President Barack Obama's administration that's aimed at countering homegrown terrorism.
Activists Want More Transparency In Counterterrorism EffortsMuslim groups and civil rights activists across the nation are calling for greater transparency in an Obama administration program aimed at countering homegrown terrorism.
Some Muslim Groups Concerned About Terror Prevention ProgramAbout 40 mosques and Muslim organizations in Minnesota are raising concerns about a federal program designed to fight terror recruiting.
Al-Shabaab Getting Publicity It Wanted, Somali Leaders SayLocal Somali leaders are worried about reaction to al-Shabaab’s recent video, calling for attacks on western malls such as Mall of America.
County GOP Official Calls Muslims 'Parasites' On FacebookThe chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota is condemning comments about Muslims a county GOP chair made on his Facebook page. Big Stone County GOP Chair Jack Whitley called Muslims "parasites" and wrote "FRAG 'EM!" when they travel to Mecca, slang for a fragmentation hand grenade.
Group Asks FBI To Investigate Anti-Islam Vandalism In St. PaulThe FBI is being asked to investigate a possible hate crime in St. Paul. Neighbors found someone had painted an anti-Islam message on a driveway in the West Seventh neighborhood.
Religious Head Coverings Allowed For Henn. Co. Jail InmatesInmates at the Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis will now be allowed to wear religious head coverings while incarcerated. The announcement about the policy – the first of its kind in Minnesota – was made Thursday by Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. "I am extremely proud of our current efforts to recognize the religious rights and beliefs of all inmates," Stanek said. "The addition of this policy enhances our efforts to be more culturally aware."
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