Articles of Interest, June 28, 2007

Here’s some “neat” stuff I have been looking at and reading today, thought I would share. šŸ™‚

  • “It’s a sad day for America,” says Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y
  • Backers were “trying to work a compromise to pass something,” says opponent
  • Bush says “Congress must prove … it can come together on hard issues”
  • Bill was centerpiece of Bush’s 2nd term; aimed at legalizing 12 million
  • Opponents effectively killed President Bush’s long-fought and emotion-laden Senate immigration bill Thursday when members voted against advancing the controversial legislation.The tally was 46 to 53, 14 votes shy of the 60 needed to end debate.
  • Divided court rejects school diversity plans
  • Story Highlights

    • Court tosses out public school choice plans that consider race
    • The 5-4 ruling rejected programs in Louisville, Kentucky, and Seattle, Washington
    • Chief Justice John Roberts wrote opinion for conservative majority
    • A bitterly divided U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday issued what is likely to be a landmark opinion — ruling that race cannot be a factor in the assignment of children to public schools.
  • Mind Building – A neglected dimension of Islam
  • Article Excerpt

    • Mind-building must be developed in parallel with other important aspects of Islamic character-building
  • Blanket Female Circumcision Ban in Egypt
  • Article Excerpt

    • The Egyptiangovernment outlawed on Thursday, June 28, all female circumcision, a few days after the widely-spread practice of removing the clitoris claimed the life of a 12-year-old girl.”Female circumcision is banned by law and by all medical regulations,” the Health Minister Hatem al-Gabali said in a statement cited by Reuters.

      He asserted that “every doctor and member of the medical profession, in public or private establishments, is banned from performing the procedure.”

      Outlawing the practice entirely, the authorities closed a 10-year legal loophole allowing girls to undergo the procedure “in situations of illness” should doctors so advise.

      Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), often referred to as female circumcision, has been banned in Egypt since 1996, although it remains widespread.

  • President Bush Rededicates Islamic Center of Washington
  • Excerpt

    • The US president has said he will send an envoy to the largest grouping of Islamic nations and called on Muslims to speak out against “extremists” he says are Islam’s “true enemy”.George Bush said appointing an envoy would demonstrate to Muslim communities “our interest in respectful dialogue and continued friendship”.
    • Fact Sheet: Strengthening Our Friendship with the Muslim Community Worldwide


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