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August 25th, 2010
03:49 PM ET

Taxi driver stabbed after passenger asks if he's Muslim

A taxi driver is in stable condition Wednesday after allegedly being stabbed by a passenger who apparently asked if he was Muslim before attacking him, a taxi driver union official told CNN.

Police have identified the suspect as Michael Enright, a 21-year-old white male. New York Police Det. Mark Nell said Enright has been charged with four counts, including attempted murder and hate crimes charges, and he's expected to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.

Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, said the cabbie who was attacked is Ahmed H. Sharif, 43, a practicing Muslim.

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Filed under: Islam • Muslim • New York • United States • Violence

August 25th, 2010
03:40 PM ET

Relocating NYC Islamic center 'off the table for now,' project leader says

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

In a wide-ranging conference call this morning sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, Daisy Khan, who is heading up the Park51 Islamic community center and mosque project with her husband Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, said that relocating the proposed Islamic community center and mosque was "off the table for now."

Observing that "this project is now in the public domain," Khan spoke of not only her willingness but also her resolve to determine the final shape of the center in conversation with its many stakeholders, including Muslims and interfaith leaders in New York City and nationwide.

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Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Culture wars • Islam • Muslim • New York • Politics • Religious liberty

August 25th, 2010
11:32 AM ET

In Haifa, forerunner of the Baha’i faith rests uneasily

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Editors Note: CNN's Michael Schwartz files this report from Haifa, Israel:

For a hundred years, the grave of the Bab has served as a place of homage for Baha’i pilgrims.

A predecessor to the Baha’u’llah, founder of the Baha’i faith, Baha’is call the Bab "prophet herald" and say his message is one of peace and tolerance, one of social reform and of a world moving towards greater equality, greater unity.

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Filed under: Baha'i • Israel

August 25th, 2010
11:07 AM ET

New York's Bloomberg: We are all Muslims

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

In a smart commentary on the shrill Republican silence in the face of the "Obama is a Muslim" nonsense, Slate’s John Dickerson wrote that "with so much traffic on the low road in American politics, you'd imagine a politician or two might take the high road simply to beat the congestion."

Well, New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues to take the road less traveled.

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- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Church and state • Culture wars • Islam • Muslim • New York • Ramadan • Religious liberty

August 25th, 2010
10:41 AM ET

August 25th, 2010
10:13 AM ET

Armed Christian militia pulls support for 'Burn a Quran' event

An armed Christian organization which had pledged to protect a Florida church as it holds "International Burn a Quran Day" withdrew its support from the event Wednesday, saying it "does not glorify God," according to a posting on its website.

Right Wing Extreme, which describes itself as a Christian conservative group, also said in the posting it is asking the Dove World Outreach Center, based in Gainesville, Florida, not to hold the event "for the reason that it may diminish the work of the Holy Spirit to witness to Muslims." The event is planned for the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks.

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Filed under: Christianity • Church • Florida • Islam • Quran • United States

August 25th, 2010
09:35 AM ET

Some family members of 9/11 victims to support mosque construction

Some family members of 9/11 victims will rally Wednesday in support of a controversial mosque and Islamic center that is scheduled to be built near New York City's ground zero.

Their group, called September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, will also be joined by at least 40 religious and civic organizations, and is expected to announce the creation of a coalition called New York Neighbors for American Values. The coalition's goals include support of "religious freedom and diversity" and the rejection of "crude stereotypes meant to frighten and divide us."

The rally is scheduled to be outside a municipal building in Manhattan.

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Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Houses of worship • Islam • Mosque • New York • United States

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