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New Sports Uniforms Level The Playing Field For Muslim Girls

Girls in stylish athletic wear walk the runway as the sounds of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry blare from speakers. The crowd claps and cheers as the young models strike poses with basketballs, lacrosse sticks and boxing gloves. Finally, the big reveal: the Lady Warriors community traveling basketball team takes the stage in their cardinal red uniforms.

07/01/2015

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2 Minnesota Women Invited To White House Ramadan Dinner

Two women from the Twin Cities area are among guests that were invited to dine with President Barack Obama at an annual White House dinner held in honor of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan. Obama welcomed guests to the White House on Monday for a traditional iftar dinner, which follows daily fasting from dawn to sunset.

06/23/2015

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New Coon Rapids Mosque Is The First Of Its Kind In Minnesota

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community now has its first mosque in Minnesota. Community members gathered to inaugurate the Mosque Saturday in Coon Rapids.

05/23/2015

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Obama Aims To Show Islam, Western Communities Can Coexist

In the fight against violent extremism, President Barack Obama has argued the U.S. has one thing going for it that Europe doesn’t: a long tradition of warmly embracing its immigrants, including Muslims.

02/19/2015

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Islamic Center Wins Fight To Locate In St. Anthony

After a two-year battle, there is a breakthrough in the fight to build a mosque and Islamic center in a St. Anthony Village office building. In 2012 the city council rejected the plan because it didn’t fit with the area’s mixed-use zoning issues designation.

12/16/2014

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County GOP Official Resigns After Muslim Remarks

The Republican party county chair who came under fire for comments about Muslims on his Facebook page has resigned. 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. Those comments were condemned by Muslim community leaders and GOP party Chairman Keith Downey.

11/28/2014

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U.S. Extremism Fight Could Take Cue From Minnesota

When young men from Minneapolis began traveling to Somalia seven years ago to join a terror group in the midst of a civil war, investigators trying to stop the recruiting went straight to the city’s large Somali community to build trust and gain understanding.

09/16/2014

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Local Muslim Leader Offers Insight Into Reality Of Religious Extremists

Imam Hassan Mohamud oversees 11 mosques in the Twin Cities, and resides at the Islamic Dawah Center in St Paul. He says when he talks about ISIS and the recruiting of young Minnesota men to fight, he wants to talk about fairness.

09/15/2014

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Wis. Senator: Beheading Video Calls For Intervention

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson says the Islamic State extremists reported to have beheaded a second American journalist are evil barbarians who must be defeated. The Islamic State group released a video Tuesday that appears to show the beheading of Steven Sotloff.

09/02/2014

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What Makes Westerners Join The Fight In Syria?

Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American killed in Syria while fighting alongside the Islamic State, was part of a growing number of foreign fighters recruited to fight alongside terror groups.

08/27/2014

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Feds Sue St. Anthony Over Rejection Of Islamic Center

The federal government announced its plans to sue the city of St. Anthony for rejecting a proposed Islamic center a couple of years ago. U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger formally announced the civil rights lawsuit at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

08/27/2014

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Reality Check: Why TV Stations Are Running Grisly Political Ads

Many of you let us know you didn’t like the political ads you saw from an obscure Democratic Congressional candidate named Gary Boisclair.

08/08/2012

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MN Muslims Protest Senate Bill, Claim Discrimination

The Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, along with interfaith leaders, are standing together against a Senate bill they say discriminates against them.

03/05/2012

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Rep. Ellison: Burning Korans Not Against Islamic Law

The only Muslim member of Congress is offering a unique perspective on an issue that’s led to deadly protests in Afghanistan.

02/28/2012

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Bachmann Exaggerates Directive In Her Criticism

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says the Obama administration is striking all references to Islam from Justice Department training manuals, an exaggeration of a directive from federal officials to evaluate procedures for religious and cultural sensitivity.

10/28/2011

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Local Muslims Work To Shed Image From 9-11 Attackers

We’re getting ready to mark 10 years since the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and America.

09/07/2011

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Man Accused Of Killing Stepdaughter To Get Mental Review

A Minnesota man who police say killed his 20-year-old stepdaughter in Michigan because she left home and wasn’t following Islam will get a mental evaluation.

05/13/2011

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Minn. Man Accused Of Killing Stepdaughter In Mich.

Authorities say a Minnesota man killed his 20-year-old stepdaughter in Michigan because she left home and wasn’t following Islam.

05/03/2011

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DeBlog: Sound Off On U.S. Attitudes Towards Islam

I knew last night’s Good Question would generate some reaction, as we looked at whether American attitudes towards Muslims were fair.

03/11/2011

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Good Question: Are Americans Unfairly Anti-Muslim?

When Rep. Peter King of New York called a hearing called “Radicalization in the American Muslim Community,” it brought into focus the dramatic and polarized emotions many Americans have towards Muslims.

03/10/2011

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Local Muslims Respond To Congressional Hearings

Emotions were high during Congressional hearings on terrorism. Members from several Muslim and Somali American groups gathered to watch the hearings.

03/10/2011

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Minn. Muslims, Somalis Watch Terrorism Hearing

A congressional panel investigating homegrown terrorism in America displayed sharp divisions Thursday over how to frame the discussion, reflecting a country still struggling with how best to combat terrorism nearly a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks.

03/10/2011

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Testimony Doesn’t Match Furor Over Terror Hearing

The Republican congressman who has organized controversial hearings into radical Islam called Muslims “part of the mosaic” of America Wednesday and said they shouldn’t feel threatened or intimidated by his inquiry.

03/09/2011

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White House Promotes Muslim Help Against Terrorism

The White House is pushing a message of religious tolerance ahead of this week’s congressional hearing on Islamic radicalism, which has sparked protests on grounds it unfairly singles out Muslims.

03/07/2011

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U of Minn. Conference Explores Islam And Culture

A University of Minnesota conference on Islam will take a fresh look at the humanities and sciences in Islamic civilization and explore the connections between the Islamic and western worlds.

02/25/2011

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