muslims in michigan en 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 Supporters want the Michigan legislature to vote on a controversial bill on 'foreign laws' <p>Supporters of an ‘Anti-Sharia' bill plan to put pressure on Michigan lawmakers this week.</p><p></p><p>They want a vote on the bill, which would bar Michigan courts from citing ‘foreign’ laws in their decisions.&nbsp; &nbsp;The bill has sat in the State House Judiciary committee for nearly a year and a half.</p><p></p><p>Irving Ginsburg is a member of the group that supports the bill. &nbsp;&nbsp;He’s upset it could die without ever getting a vote.</p><p></p> Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:42:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 10050 at Supporters want the Michigan legislature to vote on a controversial bill on 'foreign laws' How Muslim voters can influence the November elections <p>In the lead up to the November elections we’re hearing a lot about different voting blocs.</p><p>Well, the Michigan Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has released a detailed <a href="">presidential election summary and legislative scorecard</a> focused on issues of concern for Muslims here in Michigan.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 21:56:31 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 9436 at How Muslim voters can influence the November elections Dearborn conferences to address honor killings, Islamophobia <p>Dearborn will host <a href="">two very different conferences</a> about modern Islam on Sunday.</p><p>The group &ldquo;Stop the Islamization of America&rdquo; is sponsoring the &ldquo;Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference.&rdquo;</p><p>Mokdad is <a href=";-stepfather-charged-with-murder">a young woman who was murdered by her stepfather</a> in Warren last year.</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 22:43:20 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7239 at Dearborn conferences to address honor killings, Islamophobia Museum records Arab American stories <p><a href="">The Arab American National Museum</a> wants to become more than &ldquo;a building filled with stuff.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s recording the stories of everyday people as part of an on-going project.</p><p>The museum just released <a href="">three interviews</a> it did in conjunction with Storycorps, about profiling and stereotyping after 9-11. The interviews are posted on the website <a href=""></a>. But the museum regularly posts other recordings and podcasts on i-tunes &amp; <a href="">YouTube</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Matthew Stiffler is a researcher at the museum.&nbsp; He says one way to counter Islamaphobia is when people who don&rsquo;t know Arab Americans or Muslim Americans listen to these recordings. &ldquo;Listening to stories and having these personal connections is the best way to overcome this sort of bias and bigotry that is rampant right now.&rdquo;</p><p>This summer the museum plans to record Arab American kids talking about how the Arab Spring has affected their lives and their ideas about democracy. Sun, 04 Mar 2012 18:38:38 +0000 Kyle Norris 6490 at Museum records Arab American stories Sikh temple vandalized--but were Muslims the intended target? <p>Vandals <a href="">targeted a Sikh house of worship</a> in suburban Detroit this week. But there are signs they intended to target Muslims.</p><p>According to the Sikh Society of Michigan, the Sikh temple (known as a Gurdwara) in Sterling Heights has been under construction for several years, without any incidents or controversy.</p><p>That changed when someone vandalized the building sometime on Sunday night.</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 23:56:34 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6136 at Sikh temple vandalized--but were Muslims the intended target? As 9/11 anniversary approaches, Muslims prepare for questions <p>Many American Muslims are concerned that the upcoming 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the September 11<sup>th</sup> attacks will prompt renewed attacks on their faith.</p><p>The Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) tried to counter that, with a workshop about &ldquo;Presenting Islam to Fellow Americans.&rdquo;</p><p>Presenters suggested Muslims speak from personal experience, and emphasize commonalities between Islam and other religious traditions.</p><p>They also addressed how Muslims should react to concerns about Sharia law.</p> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 22:20:41 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3954 at As 9/11 anniversary approaches, Muslims prepare for questions 'Muslims in Michigan' project wins national award <p>Michigan Radio was very pleased to learn that the station won <a href="">one of 3 RTDNA/UNITY awards</a> for the <a href="">Muslims in Michigan</a> project. The award is presented to honor outstanding achievements in the coverage of diversity.</p><p>The Muslims in Michigan project was formed out of a partnership between <a href="">Michigan Radio</a> and the University of Michigan <a href="" target="_blank">Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies</a>. The five part radio series examined life for Muslim people living in Michigan. Beyond religion, the series also explored the cultural, political, ethnic, and social lives of this diverse group. The project also featured film events, speakers, and a <a href="">community conversation</a>.</p><p>You can find out more about Muslims in Michigan series at the story&#39;s <a href="">website</a>. Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:27:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2999 at