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Fagan questions Spokane’s signing of compassion charter

The Spokane City Council voted to sign the International Charter for Compassionate Communities this week, but not before one council member expressed concern over the charter organization’s efforts to combat “Islamophobia.” The charter, which has been adopted by more than 30 other U.S. cities, urges people “both in public and private life to refrain consistently and emphatically from inflicting pain.”

Few Idaho lawmakers attend anti-Islam Statehouse talk

Fewer than 20 of Idaho’s 105 lawmakers attended a Statehouse presentation Thursday night on refugee resettlement featuring two anti-Islam speakers, as close to 100 protesters lined the hallway outside the meeting, carrying signs saying, “Love Your Neighbor As Yourself” and “Refugees Welcome.”

Anti-Islam speakers set talk on refugees, invite all Idaho lawmakers

Two anti-Islam speakers have reserved the Idaho Capitol auditorium and invited every Idaho legislator to a talk on refugee resettlement during the opening week of Idaho's legislative session. Legislative leaders say any group can do this, within certain guidelines, though the Senate president pro-tem says he initially thought the presentation was from refugee resettlement groups. The speakers include Shahram Hadian and Christopher Holton.

Spokane Muslims feeling tension amid national backlash

After the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, this month was attributed to a Muslim couple, Karen Strongren’s son was afraid to go to prayer services at the Spokane Islamic Center. “He was saying, ‘I really don’t want to go to the mosque. I don’t want to go because I am afraid somebody is going to come in and start shooting,’ ” Strongren said.

Council salute to Muslim group draws protest

The Spokane City Council stepped squarely into the middle of a national debate over Muslims in America, approving a salutation to local Muslims that recognizes their contributions to the community. A proposal that seemed a simple idea a few weeks ago generated a protest from some of Spokane’s tea party faithful, who gathered outside the council’s town hall meeting at the Northeast Community Center for what they called “a rally for Spokane values.”

Qasim Hatem immersed himself in Islam after stellar football career

A former Spokane football player, who once was powerless to stop Washington Husky fans from mobbing him after games, now works to help empower Muslim children in a culture that seems all too willing to isolate them because of their faith. Qasim Hatem, 35, is a red-blooded American kid who grew up among the cornfields of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before he moved with his family in 1993 to Spokane where he later starred at linebacker for the Mead Panthers.

Instead of quarterbacks, Qasim Hatem tackles prejudice

A former Spokane football player, who once was powerless to stop Washington Husky fans from mobbing him after games, now works to help empower Muslim children in a culture that seems all too willing to isolate them because of their faith.

Hate message scrawled on Spokane Muslim center

Graffiti left at a Muslim prayer center in East Central Spokane over the weekend has prompted calls for a federal hate crime investigation. The message, “Death to Islam,” was spray-painted on the outside of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Heritage Association of Spokane on Saturday, as worshippers inside recited prayers for the holy month of Ramadan, according to a statement from the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Ex-Muslim pastor stokes fear and controversy in Idaho

After listening to Shahram Hadian speak for over an hour about Islam as a rising menace in America, Alton Howell stepped outside the log-built community hall in Sandpoint and quickly called a colleague. “It scared the living daylights out of me,” the Careywood farmer spoke into his phone.

Eye on Boise: Gatherings give opposite sentiments on Islam

Two different views of Islam were on display on a single day last week in Idaho, more than 400 miles apart. At one, more than 100 people gathered at the Sandpoint Community Hall to hear anti-Islam speaker Shahram Hadian, who decried Islam as “a culture of death” that, among other things, he said requires submission and teaches its followers that martyrdom is the only way to salvation. He also had plenty of scorn to heap on the news media.

Two different views of Islam in Idaho…

More than 100 people gathered at the Sandpoint Community Hall this morning to hear anti-Islam speaker Shahram Hadian speak, reports Melissa Davlin of Idaho Public Television; Hadian, a Christian pastor from Chattaroy, Wash. and former Muslim, downplayed his role in helping kill child support enforcement...

Eye on Boise: Rep. Barbieri hosts lunch on ‘True Face of Islam’

After gathering more than a dozen lawmakers for lunch in a Statehouse meeting room last week to hear a presentation titled “The True Face of Islam in Idaho,” Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, says it didn’t turn out to be a very effective presentation. Barbieri brought in a guest speaker, Shahram Hadian, a Christian pastor from Chattaroy, Washington, and former Muslim who heads the “Truth in Love Project,” which is dedicated to exposing what it calls “the true goal of Islam and threat of Shari’ah law in America.” Hadian told the Idaho lawmakers, “I was asked to come and just share about the advancement of Islam in Idaho … the real face of Islam.”

Free speech, sensitivity clash in media outlets

It’s not news that free speech can offend. But in the wake of the recent killings by Islamist extremists at a satirical magazine in Paris, editors around the world have had to make a choice: Trumpet freedom of expression and demonstrate an unbowed commitment to press independence by reprinting controversial Charlie Hebdo cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad or decide that doing so would be unnecessarily inflammatory.