After residents voiced strong opposition to a proposed Muslim cemetery in a rural part of unincorporated Bullitt County in Kentucky last week, the county’s Board of Adjustments voted 4-1 to deny the request to loud applause from the crowd of more than 110.
You can read more here: Bullitt board rejects plan for Islamic cemetery
“[Some residents] expressed concern about environmental issues associated with Islamic burial traditions, which typically involve no caskets or vaults. Some feared vandalism from those opposed to Islam.”
What can Muslims do to counter such opposition to what should be an easy approval?
Some opponents of the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense allege that he has shadowy Hamas ties — yet the group they pinpoint apparently does not exist.
See: “Friends of Hamas”: The Scary-Sounding Pro-Hagel Group That Doesn’t Actually Exist.
Have you been following the Senate hearings?
The Muslim Public Affairs Council is accepting applications from students for its summer internship program in Los Angeles or Washington, DC.
The MPAC internship program helps young leaders who are committed to making Muslims a vital and contributing component in American society, as well as helping them to develop their research, leadership and communication skills.
Interns take part in weekly leadership classes on professional development and networking, along with hands-on experience in government, media, community engagement, interfaith relations and Hollywood outreach.
The deadline to apply is Monday, April 8, 2013. For more information, contact Marium Mohiuddin by telephone (323-258-6722) or email (email@example.com).
“Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict” is the topic for a Middle East Forum at 5:30 p.m. February 26, 2013.
Sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the discussion takes place at the Chicago Club, 81 East Van Buren Street, Chicago, Illinois.
The Honorable Daniel C. Kurtzer (pictured), Lecturer and S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt, will speak.
Nearly two decades after Rabin and Arafat shook hands on the White House lawn, lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians remains elusive. The latest Israeli-Hamas conflict, the new Palestinian status at the UN, and the 2013 Israeli parliamentary elections are some of the latest developments to impact peace prospects. Offering insight from his extensive career in the Middle East, Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer argues that it is time for America to once again make a serious effort to advance Arab-Israeli peace. As President Obama begins his second term, what role should American diplomacy have in resolving this conflict?
His latest book, Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.
Fee is $20, and business attire is required. To register, go online.