muslims en Agema says he's staying <p>GRANDVILLE, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan member of the Republican National Committee says he's made mistakes but he's not quitting the party post.<br /><br />Dave Agema issued a statement Friday, hours after chairmen of the Michigan and national Republican Party urged him to step down.<br /><br />Last March, Agema posted an article on Facebook with an unsubstantiated claim that gays account for half the murders in large cities. He also came under fire from the Council on American-Islamic Relations for a Facebook posting this month questioning Muslims' commitment to charity.<br /> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:45:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16173 at Agema says he's staying 3 things that have Republicans calling for Dave Agema's resignation <p>Dave Agema served from 2006 to 2012 as a state representative in the Michigan Legislature. He hit his term limit and moved on to other things in 2012.</p><p>Now he represents Michigan as a member of the Republican National Committee. M<span style="line-height: 1.5;">any Republicans wish he weren't.</span></p><p><a href="">Some are naming names</a> and calling for his ouster. Others aren’t calling him out by name but are “asking for more civility,” as&nbsp;MPRN’s Rick Pluta reported:</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:01:31 +0000 Mark Brush 16120 at 3 things that have Republicans calling for Dave Agema's resignation Heat on Michigan GOP committeeman for gay, Muslim comments <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - As the Republican National Committee prepares for meetings in Washington this week, Gov. Rick Snyder and other party leaders in Michigan are criticizing repeated anti-gay and anti-Muslim remarks by Committeeman Dave Agema.<br /><br />The 64-year-old ex-state representative from western Michigan represents the state on the Republican party's national board.<br /><br />Snyder made a semi-veiled reference to Agema in Thursday's State of the State speech, calling for civil discourse in the public arena.<br /> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 03:13:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16088 at Heat on Michigan GOP committeeman for gay, Muslim comments Ramadan starts today for Muslims in North America <p>I was traveling in Indonesia when I first experienced Ramadan. I was wondering why so many people at the McDonald's in Surabaya were sitting at the table, wrappers open, waiting to eat their Big Macs.</p><p>It was the holy month of Ramadan, and they were waiting until just after sunset - for the iftar - the meal that breaks the day-long fast.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:00:17 +0000 Mark Brush 13451 at Ramadan starts today for Muslims in North America Garages should not be used as living spaces, according to Dearborn city officials <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should homeowners be allowed to do pretty much whatever they want with their garages, as long as it doesn't bother neighbors?</span></p><p>That's the essence of a growing debate in Dearborn, where a desire by some residents, largely Arab-Americans, to use their garages as living space is being met with resistance at City Hall and the prospect of tighter garage ordinances.</p><p>Jeff Karoub is with the Associated Press, covering issues pertinent to the Arab-Muslim community, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 21:46:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 13440 at Garages should not be used as living spaces, according to Dearborn city officials Judge refuses to dismiss Muslim harassment case <p>DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit judge says a lawsuit can go forward against federal authorities accused of violating the rights of Muslims at U.S.-Canada border crossings.</p><p>Federal Judge Avern Cohn says he's not ruling yet on the merits of the case. But he denied a request by the government to dismiss it <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_341058120" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">Tuesday</span></span>.</p><p>Some Detroit-area Muslims sued last year, saying they've been held at gunpoint, handcuffed and repeatedly questioned about their religion when returning to the U.S. from Canada. Some have given up on crossing the border.</p><p>Cohn says the government might come up with valid reasons for pulling Muslims aside for additional questions at the border. But he says that's not the key issue at this stage of the litigation. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:51:15 +0000 The Associated Press 13014 at Judge refuses to dismiss Muslim harassment case Site of Arab International Festival moving after controversy <p>The site of the annual Arab International Festival in Dearborn is moving and admission could be charged.</p><p>Niraj Warikoo reports for the <a href="">Detroit Free Press</a> that tensions in recent years involving Christian missionaries has led to the change of venue.</p><blockquote><p>Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly said Friday that the city plans to shift the festival — the biggest annual outdoor gathering of Arab Americans in the U.S. — from Warren Avenue to Ford Woods Park, near the corner of Ford and Greenfield roads. One of the reasons for the move is liability concerns; the city has been hit with lawsuits from some Christian missionaries alleging their free speech rights were curtailed at the festival.</p></blockquote><p>The 18-year-old festival is held each June by the American Arab Chamber of Commerce.</p><p>Last year, some Christian missionaries from California picketed at the festival with anti-Islam signs. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:39:36 +0000 Mark Brush 12316 at Site of Arab International Festival moving after controversy Muslims in Detroit will "Rally Against Hate" this afternoon <div class="content-wrap" style="float: none;"><div class="gel-content"><div class="gel-pane gpagediv"><p>One of the largest mosques in the United States plans a rally at 3 p.m. this afternoon against hateful speech and violent acts.</p><p>The "Rally Against Hate" is in response to the violence in the Middle East stemming from the low-budget, privately made anti-Islam video, Innocence of Muslims, the film mocks the prophet Muhammad. The AP reports the video "resulted in at least 30 deaths in seven countries, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya."</p><p>The <a href="">Islamic Center of America</a> is inviting people of all faiths. Organizers say they hope to call attention to those who provoke violence in their speech.</p><p>More from <a href="">WDIV</a>:</p><blockquote><p><span id="">"The level of freedom to express one's views in any country is judged by how all expression is protected, including abhorrent speech that is considered hateful. However, those who produce and promote expression that is hateful and which has no redeeming value, other than to promote division and encourage bigotry, should be put on notice that good people of faith will not stand idly by and allow hate to triumph over truth, love and respect," organizers said.</span> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:18:49 +0000 Mark Brush 9186 at Muslims in Detroit will "Rally Against Hate" this afternoon PHOTOS: Muslims in metro Detroit hold vigil in response to attacks in Libya <p>Metro Detroit Muslims held a vigil last night in downtown Royal Oak, in memory of those killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya Tuesday.</p><p>U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, along with four Americans and many civilians were killed in Benghazi.</p><p>Zanah Ghalawanji is a Syrian American.</p><p>"The Muslim community absolutely does not support anything that occurred in Libya. Violence is against our religion. Our religion is all about peace," said Ghalawanji.</p><p>Candles burned as Ghalawanji gave words of condolence to the Stevens family.</p><p>"We are deeply thankful for the courage and selfless dedication that so many of the U.S. diplomatic corps have shown in Libya, Syria and throughout the region during this turbulent period," said Ghalawanji.</p><p>The violence was sparked by a video that makes fun of Islam, and the Muslim prophet Mohammed.</p><p>David Sawulski didn't participate in the vigil. But he had a front-row sit at a nearby cafe.</p><p>"I think it is great. They're supporting the American ambassador and the U.S. by standing here and giving support for some body who has killed who was assisting those people. The ambassador was obviously loved by the Libya people," he said.</p><p>The controversial video has sparked violence in several countries. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:29:41 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 9089 at PHOTOS: Muslims in metro Detroit hold vigil in response to attacks in Libya Healthcare providers can better meet the needs of American Muslim patients <p>A <a href="">new study</a> sheds some light on how health care providers can better meet the cultural needs of American Muslim patients.<br /><br />Michigan is home to one of the largest Muslim communities in the U.S.&nbsp; Some Muslim patients report that they experience discrimination in health care settings.<br /><br />Researchers from the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan interviewed groups of Muslim men and women from different backgrounds attending mosques in Metro Detroit. &nbsp;<br /> Thu, 31 May 2012 12:47:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7687 at Healthcare providers can better meet the needs of American Muslim patients Lawsuit alleges "invasive religious questioning" of Muslims at border <p>A Muslim civil rights group says federal agents are wrongly detaining and questioning Muslim-Americans coming into the U-S.</p><p>The Michigan Council on American-Islamic Relations lays out those accusations in a federal lawsuit filed this week.</p><p>They&rsquo;re suing on behalf of four Muslim U-S citizens. All say they were subject to &ldquo;invasive religious questioning&rdquo; when they tried to re-enter the country from Canada.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 19:49:35 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7039 at Rights group: Suit over Muslim treatment at U.S.-Canada border <p>DETROIT (AP) - A Muslim rights advocacy group says it&#39;s filing suit against the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for what it says is the mistreatment of Muslims at the U.S.-Canada border.</p><p>The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced plans for the lawsuit Thursday, saying it will release details at a news conference Friday in Detroit.</p><p>The council says the suit is based on &quot;the repeated detention and questioning of Muslims&quot; on religious matters at and near the border.</p><p>In a statement, the group says the suit is by four U.S. citizens who say that Customs and FBI agents &quot;detained and handcuffed them without evidence of wrongdoing and questioned them about their<br />religious beliefs and worship habits.&quot;</p><p>The Associated Press has asked the U.S. Justice Department for comment. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 19:53:36 +0000 The Associated Press 7027 at Rights group: Suit over Muslim treatment at U.S.-Canada border TLC cancels 'All-American Muslim' after one season <p>The groundbreaking reality show &quot;<a href="">All-American Muslim</a>&quot; has been canceled.</p><p>The show, which followed five Muslims families in Dearborn, will not be picked up for a second season, a TLC executive confirmed.</p><p>&quot;I&rsquo;m certainly sad to hear the show wasn&rsquo;t being renewed,&quot; says Suehalia Amen, <a href="">one of the women featured</a> on the reality show.</p><p>She says &quot;All-American Muslim&quot; sought to humanize Muslims in a way mainstream media hadn&rsquo;t done before&hellip;and it made viewers look at Muslims and Arab-Americans in a new light:</p><p>&quot;It&rsquo;s been an eye-opening experience,&quot; explains Amen. &quot;To have people tell you &#39;I hated Muslims, and after your show I&rsquo;m able to understand your community and have a new-found respect.&#39;&quot;</p><p>The show&rsquo;s creator, Mike Mosallam, agrees. He says the show&#39;s ratings dropped throughout the season, but he says that doesn&rsquo;t mean the show didn&rsquo;t succeed on a cultural level in terms of &quot;what it taught people and what it dispelled in terms of people&rsquo;s perceptions. I mean those are things that no ratings will ever be able to show.&quot; Thu, 08 Mar 2012 20:44:50 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6559 at TLC cancels 'All-American Muslim' after one season Group reports uptick in anti-Muslim discrimination complaints <p>One national civil rights group <a href="">says it&rsquo;s seen an uptick in discrimination complaints from Muslims</a>&mdash;especially in the past month.</p><p>The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee says it&rsquo;s received triple the number of complaints this December, compared with the same month last year.</p> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 23:53:58 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5550 at Group reports uptick in anti-Muslim discrimination complaints The fracas over Lowe's and TLC's "All-American Muslim," Conyers steps in <p>Michigan Representative John Conyers (D-Dearborn) says Lowe&#39;s Companies, Inc. should &quot;unequivocally apologize&quot; after the company pulled its ads from the reality show &quot;All-American Muslim.&quot; Lowe&#39;s pulled the ads after it received pressure from the Florida Family Association.</p><p>TLC&#39;s reality show examines life as a Muslim American.</p><p>It follows the life of five Muslim-American families in Dearborn and &quot;the misconceptions and conflicts these families face outside and within their own community.&quot; The show&#39;s <a href="">website </a>depicts the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.</p><p>In a letter trying to get companies to pull their ads for the show, the Florida Family Association said the show is propaganda and is &quot;<a href="">attempting to manipulate Americans into ignoring the threat of jihad</a>.&quot; Tue, 13 Dec 2011 16:27:38 +0000 Mark Brush 5366 at The fracas over Lowe's and TLC's "All-American Muslim," Conyers steps in Controversial Pastor Terry Jones wins appeal <p>A Judge has reversed a Dearborn jury&rsquo;s ruling that found a Christian pastor intended to breach the peace at a demonstration he planned outside the country&rsquo;s biggest mosque.<br /><br /> Terry Jones is the controversial Florida Pastor who once burned the Quran, and believes Muslim Sharia law is a major threat to the U.S.</p><p>He wanted to protest outside Dearborn&rsquo;s Islamic Center of America in April, but never got the chance. He was hauled to court, found guilty of intent to breach the peace, and ordered to stay away from the Islamic Center of America for three years.<br /><br /> Jones appealed his prosecution, saying it violated his right to free speech. A Wayne county Circuit Court Judge ruled it actually did not. But he still reversed the jury&rsquo;s decision on a due process technicality.<br /><br /> Jones said he plans to return to the mosque to protest &ldquo;jihad and sharia.&rdquo;<br /><br /> &ldquo;That was why we chose that particular location,&quot; Jones told reporters after the ruling. &quot;That particular location had a definite purpose. Because we were targeting [those] two aspects of radical Islam.&rdquo;<br /><br /> The Judge also overturned a three-year injunction keeping Jones away from the mosque.<br /><br /> Wayne County Prosecutors say they&rsquo;ll appeal to the Michigan Court of Appeals. Fri, 11 Nov 2011 02:30:13 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4944 at Controversial Pastor Terry Jones wins appeal New reality series to focus on Muslims in Dearborn <p>A <a href="">new reality show</a> will focus on five <a href="">Muslim</a> families in Dearborn.</p><p>Filming is already underway for the new reality show &ldquo;All-American Muslims.&rdquo; The show will debut in November on <a href="">TLC</a>, the channel behind other reality shows like &quot;Sister Wives&quot; and &quot;Kate Plus 8.&quot;</p> Sun, 24 Jul 2011 20:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3437 at New reality series to focus on Muslims in Dearborn Pastor asks for jury trial to allow anti-Islam rally <p>A Wayne County judge is impaneling a six-person jury to hear the county&#39;s case against a controversial Florida pastor.</p><p>Terry Jones wants to conduct an anti-Islamic rally Friday&nbsp; in front of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn. County officials want to stop him.</p><p>The county is asking a judge to place restrictions on Jones, including having him&nbsp; pay for police protection&nbsp; for his rally, and to move the rally to a different part of Dearborn.</p> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 20:55:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 2177 at Pastor asks for jury trial to allow anti-Islam rally Muslim group claims border harassment <p>An <a href="">Islamic advocacy group </a>says border agents are harassing and violating the civil rights of scores of American Muslims re-entering the country from Canada.</p><p>Abdulrahman Cherri is a student at the University of Michigan. His fiancé lives in Canada, and he says when he returns to the U.S. from visiting her, his car has been taken apart, and he&rsquo;s been subjected to invasive full-body searches. He says he&rsquo;s also been questioned about his religion, even after telling border agents that he&rsquo;s too busy with school to worship.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;But he insisted on me telling him where I attend, where I pray. I told him I go a few times and he asks me, what do I do there? What kind of activities do you have? Who&rsquo;s the leader of your place of worship? What&rsquo;s his name? Where&rsquo;s he from?&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The Council on American-Islamic Relations says parents have been ordered out of cars at gunpoint and handcuffed while their children watched.</p><p>CAIR is filing complaints with the Department of Homeland Security, and it&rsquo;s asking the Justice Department to investigate. Thu, 24 Mar 2011 18:54:49 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1779 at Muslim group claims border harassment Congressional hearing on the "Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community" <div class="list-item featured-list-item"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The Committee on Homeland Security is holding a hearing entitled &ldquo;The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community&#39;s Response.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="">ABC News</a> reports:</p><blockquote><p>Today&rsquo;s House hearing on &ldquo;The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and That Community&rsquo;s Response&rdquo; has created a firestorm of criticism by civil rights groups and Democrats who say that Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., is intentionally isolating Muslims.</p><p>Democrats and rights groups say he&rsquo;s guilty of &ldquo;modern-day McCarthyism,&rdquo; and is using religion to divide Americans.</p></blockquote></div></div></div></div><div class="body-custom" id="witness-list"><h2 class="subhead">You can watch the hearing now on <a href="">C-SPAN</a>.</h2><p>Here&#39;s King responding to critics of the hearing on a CBS affiliate:</p><p>;feature=player_embedded</p><h2 class="subhead"> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 14:41:26 +0000 Mark Brush 1586 at Congressional hearing on the "Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community"