Mabda Report 20/05/12

Common Values Unite Muslims Christians

Reaching a common message of mercy, respect and caring for the weak, Muslim and Christian leaders from across the Middle East and Denmark wrapped up a three-day conference in Beirut aimed at enhancing understanding between the two faiths.

The conference “had enhanced understanding between Muslims and Christians by focusing on common values which overcome religious and cultural differences, reverend Riad Jarjour said.

Media and information literate citizenries to engender inter-cultural dialogue

The objective of MILID Week is to shine the spotlight on the importance of media and information literate citizenries to engender inter-cultural dialogue and mutual understanding. It will underscore how interwoven media and information competencies (knowledge, skills and attitude) and intercultural competencies are.

The initiative is being planned within the framework of the UNITWIN Cooperation Program on Media and Information Program Literacy and will bring together eight universities representing all regions of the world and many other stakeholders who are involved in MIL and intercultural dialogue. Activities will include debates, research and the MILID partners meeting.

Kansas: Muslims rally against 'Islamophobic agenda'

About 25 Muslims attended a rally Friday at the Statehouse urging Gov. Sam Brownback to veto a bill banning "foreign laws" that they say is a thinly veiled attack on Islam.

Faizan Syed, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' St. Louis branch, said similar "American Laws for American Courts" proposals have been floated in almost half of the 50 states this year. He said proponents have made them purposely vague to avoid running afoul of the Constitution like a 2010 Oklahoma law that specifically targeted Islamic law, or sharia.