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French minister shocks with Muslim veil-slavery comment

French minister shocks with Muslim veil-slavery comment

France’s minister for women’s rights has compared Muslim women who wear the veil to American “Negroes” who accepted slavery, in an interview with French media. Laurence Rossignol made the comments to RMC radio and BFM TV, igniting accusations of racism on Wednesday across social media as a petition was launched calling on the minister to resign. In just a few …

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French premier favors Muslim headscarf ban at universities

French premier favors Muslim headscarf ban at universities

France’s prime minister says he’d favor a ban on Muslim headscarves in universities, prompting criticism from within his own government. In an interview with the daily Liberation, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said France should “protect” French Muslims from extremist ideology. He said the headscarf, when worn for political reasons, oppresses women and is not “an object of fashion or consumption …

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A French Minister Has Compared Muslim Women to ‘American Negroes’

A French Minister Has Compared Muslim Women to ‘American Negroes’

She has apologized for her choice of words, but stands by her general observation France’s Minister for Women’s Rights has found herself in hot water after comparing Muslim women who wear their faith’s traditional garments to “American negroes” who supported slavery. Laurence Rossignol, the government minister, made the remark during a French television interview on Wednesday. She was condemning retailers …

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Muslim Public Affairs Council challenges Trump to debate

Muslim Public Affairs Council challenges Trump to debate

An influential Muslim advocacy group in the United States has challenged Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump to a debate, after he made several controversial comments about Muslims. “Ever since you announced your run for Presidency of the United States, you have scapegoated the American Muslim community and other minority groups for all your perceived ills of America,” the Muslim Public …

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Muslim leaders call for calm after suspected murder of Rochdale imam

Muslim leaders call for calm after suspected murder of Rochdale imam

The suspected murder of an imam in Rochdale has prompted calls for calm from religious leaders and warnings that mosques in the area should consider additional security precautions. Jalal Uddin, 56, from Bangladesh, was found in a children’s playground with a fatal head injury on Thursday night. Police have launched a murder inquiry and arrested a 31-year-old in connection with …

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Muslim refugees are not welcome, Bulgaria church says

Muslim refugees are not welcome, Bulgaria church says

Bulgaria’s Orthodox Church says authorities should not let Muslim refugees enter the country, claiming that the move is necessary to prevent an “invasion.” “We help refugees who have already arrived in our motherland, but the government must absolutely not let more refugees in,” the church said in a statement signed by Patriarch Neofit, the head of the Orthodox Church, and other members of the Holy Synod - the church’s top executive body - posted on its website late Friday.

The comments come as hundreds of thousands of Middle Eastern, Asian, and African refugees escaping war and execution in their countries have bypassed Bulgaria and instead entered Macedonia and Serbia from Greece to make their way into northern Europe.

However, some Syrian, Afghan and Iraqi asylum seekers have crossed the Balkan EU member state’s southeastern border from Turkey.

"This is a wave that looks like an invasion,” the statement added, noting, “The Bulgarian Orthodox people should not pay the price of our disappearance as a state.”

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Muslim teen creates clock, shows teachers, gets arrested

Muslim teen creates clock, shows teachers, gets arrested

When Ahmed Mohamed went to his high school in Irving, Texas, Monday, he was so excited. A teenager with dreams of becoming an engineer, he wanted to show his teacher the digital clock he'd made from a pencil case. The 14-year-old's day ended not with praise, but punishment, after the school called police and he was arrested.

"I built a clock to impress my teacher but when I showed it to her, she thought it was a threat to her," Ahmed told reporters Wednesday. "It was really sad that she took the wrong impression of it."

Ahmed talked to the media gathered on his front yard and appeared to wear the same NASA T-shirt he had on in a picture taken as he was being arrested. In the image, he looks confused and upset as he's being led out of school in handcuffs.

"They arrested me and they told me that I committed the crime of a hoax bomb, a fake bomb," the freshman later explained to WFAA after authorities released him.

Irving Police spokesman Officer James McLellan told the station, "We attempted to question the juvenile about what it was and he would simply only tell us that it was a clock."

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