Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Muslim news/tidbits roundup for today.

World: Lots of interesting news floating around over the last couple of days. Liberia:

A group calling itself Concern Muslim Youths of Liberia says it is disappointed in President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for not appointing a Muslim as a senior cabinet minister in her government. "We the Muslim community of Liberia have therefore observe with serious regret, dismay and disappointment that President Ellen Sirleaf's Government has deliberately refused and failed to include any member of Muslim faith in her cabinet," the group noted. The group said they thought the 2005 general and presidential elections would have ended what they considered antiquity, inconsequential and unproductive habits of political marginalization which they believe is now being practiced by the Ellen led government. "We are further disappointed that the government does not see the wisdom in including well learned and experienced Muslim men and women in government," they alleged. The group, which claimed to have membership in the 15 counties of Liberia further indicated that the Government has its entire cabinet exclusively selected from the Christian community.
Liberia has enough to worry about than go on a Multicult excurision to make different groups happy based on their religion and race exclusively. So just back off youth group for now. Italy:
Rome, 13 June (AKI) - When Italy's Consulta Islamica, a government-appointed body on Muslim affairs, meets the new Italian Interior Minister Giuliano Amato for the first time on Wednesday it will ask for a law making it easier for immigrants to acquire citizenship. "There are approximately one million Muslim immigrants who have been living in Italy for a long time and who cannot become citizens nor vote," Ejaz Ahmad, a member of the Consulta, told Adnkronos International (AKI). The Consulta's panel, which includes people from a wide range of backgrounds and from ten Muslim nations, has so far met only three times under the previous conservative cabinet of Silvio Berlusconi, the first time in November last year. Under the Consulta's proposal to the centre-left cabinet of Romano Prodi, which was sworn in last month, immigrants appling for citizenship would have to wait nine rather than approximately 15 years before becoming Italian and their children born on Italian soil would automatically be citizens. Today, the offspring of immigrants have to wait until they turn 18 before being allowed to apply. "New citizenship rules would also be very important for the integration of youths who often face an identity crisis here as they feel Italian but don't have the same rights as their peers," said Ahmad, a Pakistani journalist who publishes the Urdu language newspaper Azad, which sells 5,000 copies in Italy.
The victim card comes into play again and that automatic citizenship would just encourage more illegal immigration, but since its a leftist government like Spain, that result would be lost on them. United Londonistan..err..Kingdom:
Lloyds TSB is to offer current accounts and mortgages which comply with Islamic law through its 2,000 strong branch network from Wednesday. The bank has offered such accounts since 2005 but only in a few branches. The bank will concentrate its main marketing push in about 100 branches in areas with a large Muslim population. An Islamic scholar advising the bank told BBC News that access to such services would ultimately mean "less exclusion and less extremism."

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