muslim http://michiganradio.org en Washtenaw County ordered to pay in Muslim bias http://michiganradio.org/post/washtenaw-county-ordered-pay-muslim-bias <p>ANN ARBOR –&nbsp;A jury has awarded nearly $1.2 million to a Muslim man who said he was called a terrorist and repeatedly passed over for promotions while working for Washtenaw County.<br /><br />The verdict was returned Thursday in Detroit federal court. Attorney Shereef Akeel says Ali Aboubaker was awarded money for lost wages and pain and suffering.<br /><br />Aboubaker worked for Washtenaw County for 17 years until 2008. The native of Tunisia says he was demoted and bypassed for promotions despite having engineering skills and college degrees.<br /> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 20:12:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16671 at http://michiganradio.org Washtenaw County ordered to pay in Muslim bias Laughing matters at Arab-American comedy festival in Dearborn http://michiganradio.org/post/laughing-matters-arab-american-comedy-festival-dearborn <p>A new festival will feature comedians from Arab-American and other minority backgrounds.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://1001laughs.com/">1001 Laughs Dearborn Comedy Festival</a> happens September 27 and 28 at the <a href="http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/">Arab American National Museum in Dearborn.</a></p><p><a href="http://www.amerzahr.com/">Amer Zahr </a>is the festival&#39;s producer and he&#39;ll also be performing a few sets.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PfZl0O9qPA Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:35:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 14502 at http://michiganradio.org Louis Farrakhan plans to visit Detroit next week http://michiganradio.org/post/louis-farrakhan-plans-visit-detroit-next-week <p>DETROIT (AP) - Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan plans to visit Detroit next week and says he wants to help revitalize the city.</p><p>The Chicago-based Nation of Islam announced Thursday that Farrakhan plans to visit starting May 16 and give a public address May 17.</p><p>The Nation of Islam was founded in Detroit the 1930s. In a statement, Farrakhan says he plans to look at the condition of Detroit and consider buying properties to help in revitalization efforts. He says there's a need for help in the schools and city government.</p><p>Detroit's problems include crime and abandonment, and its finances are being run by a state-appointed emergency manager. Its budget deficit is $327 million and the city has a long-term debt of more than $14 billion that includes retiree and other obligations. Thu, 09 May 2013 13:56:01 +0000 The Associated Press 12490 at http://michiganradio.org Louis Farrakhan plans to visit Detroit next week The New McCarthyism... in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/new-mccarthyism-michigan <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Fasten your seat belts. We are in for another three and a half months in which President Obama and his surrogates will try to make us believe that Mitt Romney&rsquo;s main goal is destroy the middle class and outsource every last American job to China.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Meanwhile, the Romney forces will try to make us think that President Obama is totally incompetent and single-handedly responsible for the long recession.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Hyperbole and exaggeration have been how campaigns have been conducted since George Washington&rsquo;s time. But what has been taboo is reckless, vicious and false character assassination. We did have one very infamous practitioner of that kind of politics - Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin, whose name we now use to define them. Back in the early 1950s, McCarthy destroyed lives, careers and reputations by recklessly accusing people of being Communists without the faintest shred of evidence.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Much of the nation was in a grip of terror. Eventually, McCarthy was stripped of his powers and soon drank himself to death. Ever since, there&rsquo;s been agreement that there was such a thing as too far.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Until now, that is. A form of new McCarthyism has been growing across this nation and this state ever since President Obama was elected. My theory is that this was inspired by racism. There are millions who just can&rsquo;t stomach that we have a black president.</font></font> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:17:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8378 at http://michiganradio.org The New McCarthyism... in Michigan Michigan clergy members discuss ways to reduce youth violence http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-clergy-members-discuss-ways-reduce-youth-violence <p>A new group is trying to organize clergy members statewide to address the problem of youth violence in Michigan.</p><p>The group Prophetic Voices gathered a Christian, Muslim and other religious leaders to a meeting in Lansing this past week.&nbsp;</p><p>Reverend Ira Edwards is the spokesman for Prophetic Voices.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says youth violence is hurting more than just young people in Michigan.</p> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 20:15:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7230 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan clergy members discuss ways to reduce youth violence City of Dearborn, Michigan pays $100,000 in lawsuit by evangelists http://michiganradio.org/post/city-dearborn-michigan-pays-100000-lawsuit-evangelists <p>DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - The city of Dearborn has paid $100,000 in legal fees to attorneys for a Christian evangelist whose free-speech rights were violated at a popular Arab-American street festival.</p><p>Dearborn has a large Muslim population and one of the nation&#39;s biggest concentrations of people with roots in the Arab world. <em>(Photo above of the Islamic Center of America, the largest mosque in the U.S. by Flickr user ruffin_ready.)</em></p><p>City police in 2010 barred George Saieg and his allies from freely walking sidewalks with literature to convert Muslims to Christianity. Chief Ron Haddad says he was just controlling foot traffic, but a federal appeals court says the city violated the First Amendment.</p><p>The court says allowing the evangelists on the festival&#39;s perimeter wasn&#39;t good enough.</p><p>As the prevailing party, Saieg was entitled to legal fees and other costs from Dearborn. His lawyers say the money was paid last week. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 16:20:49 +0000 The Associated Press 6445 at http://michiganradio.org City of Dearborn, Michigan pays $100,000 in lawsuit by evangelists Lawsuit planned over proposed Michigan Islamic school http://michiganradio.org/post/lawsuit-planned-over-proposed-michigan-islamic-school <p>PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says it plans to file a federal lawsuit against an Ann Arbor-area community for denying a zoning change request to allow construction of a Muslim school.</p><p>Michigan Islamic Academy officials say the school is too big for its location in Ann Arbor. They want to build at a site in Washtenaw County&#39;s Pittsfield Township.</p><p>Last fall, the township board denied the request, following an earlier rejection by its planning commission.</p><p>The Council on American-Islamic Relations says the decision violates federal law. CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid says the suit will be filed Wednesday on behalf of the school.</p><p>The township has said the decision isn&#39;t based on religion. A message seeking comment was left Tuesday with the township supervisor. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 20:22:37 +0000 The Associated Press 6305 at http://michiganradio.org Muslim religious leaders file suit against airlines http://michiganradio.org/post/muslim-religious-leaders-file-suit-against-airlines <p>Delta Airlines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines are being sued by two imams who were asked to leave a Delta flight last May (Atlantic Southeast contracts with Delta on some flights).</p><p>According to CNN, Masudur Rahman and Mohamed Zaghloul were cleared to board by TSA officials twice. The flight originated in Memphis and was going to Charlotte. Both men were wearing traditional Muslim attire.</p><p>The suit alleges that the pilot of the plane, after leaving the gate, returned to the gate and refused to fly with the men on aboard.</p><p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/19/travel/us-airlines-imams-suit/?hpt=hp_t3">CNN reports</a> a Delta manager tried to intervene on the men&#39;s behalf, but could not convince the pilot to fly:</p><p>From CNN:</p><blockquote><p>The manager told the men that the pilot, &quot;despite acknowledging that both plaintiffs were cleared to board, was personally objecting to the plaintiffs being on his flight. The pilot indicated that he believed the mere presence and perception of the plaintiffs on his plane would make other passengers feel uncomfortable.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Rahman and Zaghoul are seeking damages from the airlines through a trial. Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:58:34 +0000 Mark Brush 5476 at http://michiganradio.org Muslim religious leaders file suit against airlines Arab-American groups reject donations from Lowe's http://michiganradio.org/post/arab-american-groups-reject-donations-lowes <p>A network of Arab-American nonprofits say they will no longer accept donations from Lowe&#39;s.</p><p>The home improvement chain has gotten <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=4&amp;ved=0CEQQFjAD&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2011%2F12%2F13%2Fshowbiz%2Famerican-muslim-tv-ads%2Findex.html&amp;ei=bqzqTuDXBcO3tweh1ansCQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNF-V9OuEarAHSQcNDKQ_E4U_Th-wg">tons </a><a href="http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9RKEN5O1.htm">of </a><a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2011/12/late-night-jon-stewart-on-all-american-muslim-controversy.html">media</a> <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=143563904">attention </a>since it pulled its ads from TLC&#39;s All-American Muslim, saying the show was a <a href="http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/12/12/lowes-apologizes-muslim-reality-ads/">&quot;lightning rod&quot; </a>for controversy. The retailer was also the recipient of the conservative Florida Family Association&#39;s campaign to get the ads pulled.</p><p>Now 22 Arab-American nonprofits have refused to accept any future donations from Lowe&#39;s.</p><p>Hassan Jaber is with <a href="http://www.accesscommunity.org/site/PageServer">ACCESS</a>, a nonprofit based in Dearborn. He says for the past five years the Lowe&#39;s in Allen Park donated shovels, paint, tools, and all other kinds of supplies to ACCESS. The items went to support the nonprofit&#39;s home renovation program in some of Detroit&rsquo;s poorest neighborhoods.</p><p>&quot;Together we gave hope to the community,&quot; says Jaber. But he goes on to say that the decision by Lowe&#39;s at the corporate level is &quot;a complete contradiction of their local mission here.&quot;</p><p>Jaber says they will no longer accept those supplies. He adds they considered the Lowe&#39;s in Allen Park a &quot;friend and partner,&quot; but he says ACCESS &quot;made it clear that we stand by our principal.&quot; Fri, 16 Dec 2011 02:33:51 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5425 at http://michiganradio.org Arab-American groups reject donations from Lowe's Muslim group further from building new school http://michiganradio.org/post/muslim-group-further-building-new-school <p>An Islamic group is no closer to building a new school in <a href="http://www.pittsfieldtwp.org/">Pittsfield Township</a> after a long and controversial meeting last night. The <a href="http://www.mia-aa.org/">Michigan Islamic Academy</a> owns a residential property in the township and wants it rezoned. The township turned the Academy down after hearing from about 50 people on both sides of the issue.</p><p>Stu Collins lives close to the Academy&rsquo;s property. He says he was pleased with the outcome.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I welcome them somewhere else just not at that site. I think most people who were opposed to it can concur with what I&rsquo;ve just said here,&rdquo; Collins said.</p></blockquote><p>Tarek Nahlawi is with the Academy. He says they are going to keep fighting.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We are disappointed,&quot; he said. &quot;I wouldn&#39;t expect this. We came into this with full hope that they would look at things in an objective way - not in a subjective way.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The Academy has said the Justice Department will get involved if the property is not rezoned. The board of trustees for the township still has to vote on the issue.</p><p><em>- Amelia Carpenter - Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 04:30:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3624 at http://michiganradio.org Muslim group further from building new school Pastor briefly jailed, ordered to stay away from mosque for 3 years http://michiganradio.org/post/pastor-briefly-jailed-ordered-stay-away-mosque-3-years <p>A controversial Florida pastor who planned to protest outside a Dearborn mosque Friday instead spent the day in court, and briefly went to jail.</p><p>Terry Jones last month burned a Quran in Florida, sparking deadly riots in Afghanistan. That prompted a jury to decide that his protest against Islam could lead to violence in Dearborn.</p><p>Jones refused to pay a symbolic $1 peace bond, leading to his arrest.</p><p>Susan Morgan of Dearborn attended an interfaith rally in a cold, hard rain outside the Henry Ford Centennial Library Friday afternoon, as the trial continued in the courthouse nearby.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;d really like our tax money to be spent someplace better, and not wasted on this,&quot; Morgan says. &quot;This has been going on for three or four weeks for us here in Dearborn.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Some participants in the rally said although they disagreed with Joneses&rsquo; message, they supported his right to free speech, including Ghada Saleh. She&#39;s originally from Lebanon, but has lived in Dearborn for 37 years.</p><p>&ldquo;He has the right to express his opinion about whatever he wants,&quot; Saleh says. &quot;But what he stands for is totally wrong. As a Christian person, he should know that burning the Quran is an insult to Jesus.&rdquo;</p><p>Jones has been ordered to stay away from the mosque and adjacent property for three years. Sat, 23 Apr 2011 15:13:20 +0000 Rina Miller 2194 at http://michiganradio.org Pastor briefly jailed, ordered to stay away from mosque for 3 years Terry Jones plans to hold rally this afternoon, counter-rally planned in Dearborn http://michiganradio.org/post/terry-jones-plans-hold-rally-afternoon-counter-rally-planned-dearborn <p><strong>Update 5:37 p.m.</strong></p><p><em><strong>Michigan Radio&#39;s Rina Miller is at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn and phoned in the above reports.</strong></em></p><p>On their live blog, the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110422/NEWS02/110422013/Live-blog-Terry-Jones-fights-having-pay-hold-anti-Muslim-protest-Dearborn">Free Press</a> reports that &quot;several hundred people have gathered outside the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn for a Terry Jones counterrally, listening to speakers who have pleaded for peace and understanding.<br /><br />Crowd members are carrying signs that say, &#39;We are Peace,&#39; &#39;We Are Islam,&quot; and &#39;Hope, not Hurt.&#39;&quot;</p><p><strong>Update: 4:32 p.m.</strong></p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110422/NEWS02/110422028/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a> reports that members of assorted police departments have gathered at the site of the planned counter-protest outside of the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. The Freep reports they have riot gear &quot;on hand visible inside several vans, including helmets and sticks.&quot;</p><p>From the Freep:</p><blockquote><p>Emergency crews from more than a half-dozen agencies are gathered outside the Ford<span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span>Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn.</p><p>They are on guard for a scheduled 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. counter-rally organized by Detroit-area religious leaders in response to a Florida pastor&rsquo;s desire to hold his own rally outside Dearborn&rsquo;s Islamic Center of America, one of the nation&rsquo;s largest mosques.</p></blockquote><p><strong>2:40 p.m.</strong></p><p>Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who organized a Quran burning last month, plans to hold his anti-Muslim rally tonight at 5 p.m. at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn regardless of the outcome of <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/terry-jones-court-arguing-right-protest">this afternoon&#39;s trial</a>.</p><p>He said during the trial that he knows of 5 people from his church who will be there.</p><p>Prosecutors say more than 10,000 people could show up to counter protest his rally and they fear violence could erupt.</p><p>They liken Jones&#39; intent to hold an anti-Muslim rally outside one of the largest mosques in the United States&nbsp; to shouting &quot;fire&quot; in a crowded theater.</p><p>A counter-rally has been planned at the Ford Community &amp; Performing Arts Center in Dearborn 3 miles away from the mosque.</p><p>It&#39;s scheduled to start at 4 p.m.</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Rina Miller will attend the rallies and file updates for us. Fri, 22 Apr 2011 21:37:46 +0000 Mark Brush 2188 at http://michiganradio.org Terry Jones plans to hold rally this afternoon, counter-rally planned in Dearborn Terry Jones in court, arguing for right to protest http://michiganradio.org/post/terry-jones-court-arguing-right-protest <p><strong>Update 1:57</strong></p><p>Judge Mark Somers gave the jury instructions on how to evaluate the prosecutor&#39;s case against Terry Jones. The trial will decide whether Jones is allowed to hold an anti-Muslim rally outside the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.</p><p>The jurors are to evaluate whether Jones is likely to breach the peace or not.</p><p>The jury&#39;s decision must be unanimous.</p><p><strong>Update 11:52 a.m.</strong></p><p>The trial is on recess. The parties and the jury are to return at 1 p.m.</p> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 17:57:29 +0000 Mark Brush 2181 at http://michiganradio.org Terry Jones in court, arguing for right to protest