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Hussam has been a lifelong human rights activist who is passionate about promoting democratic societies, in the US and worldwide, in which all people, including immigrants, workers, minorities, and the poor enjoy freedom, justice, economic justice, respect, and equality. Mr. Ayloush frequently lectures on Islam, media relations, civil rights, hate crimes and international affairs. He has consistently appeared in local, national, and international media. Full biography at: http://hussamayloush.blogspot.com/2006/08/biography-of-hussam-ayloush.html

Monday, October 04, 2010

CNN: A synagogue reborn in Beirut, Lebanon

While some right-wing bigots in America are trying to make our country take a turn away from religious freedoms and tolerance, Lebanon (and ironically, Hezbollah) can teach us all something about religious tolerance, about places of worship and where they belong or don't belong.
No religious community and group should be blamed for the acts of a few.
Fareed Zakaria CNN reports this interesting quote:
"We respect Divine religions including the Jewish religion. The problem is with Israel's occupation of Arab lands, not with the Jews" - Hezbollah

Since we are on the subject of tolerance toward places of worship, here is some breaking news from the Middle East:

Palestinian mosque torched by settlers

Haaretz Newspaper
By Avi Issacharoff and DPA

A Palestinian mosque was set alight and vandalized late Sunday night in what police suspected was a "price tag" operation by nearby settlers wishing to protest Israel's West Bank policies.
West Bank mosque arson

Residents of the village of Bayt Fajar near Bethlehem alleged that a group of settlers, apparently from the nearby Gush Etzion settlement bloc, entered the village in the early hours and burnt down the mosque before residents were able to kick them out.

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