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  • Detroit Soccer Team Turns to Private Investment to Fund New Stadium

    07/19/2016 11:50:38 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/16/2016 | Anne Schieber
    When Detroit's semipro soccer team needed a bigger stadium to accommodate its growing fan base, it did something unusual. Instead of seeking tax breaks or subsidies to support its ambitions, it turned to private supporters, mostly fans. It did so with the help of the Michigan Invests Locally Exemption or MILE Act. Detroit City FC raised $741,250 from 527 investors to refurbish Hamtramck’s Keyworth Stadium. The team’s first game at its new home, on May 13, was a sellout with 7,410 tickets sold. That was more than double the 3,500 tickets it was limited to selling when the team played...
  • Refugee debate stokes tensions in Hamtramck, America's Muslim capital

    11/28/2015 12:19:27 PM PST · by amorphous · 11 replies
    The Telegraph - UK ^ | 28 Nov 2015 | By Nick Allen, Hamtramck, Michigan
    Shortly before dawn in Hamtramck, Michigan, the first call to prayer reverberates through the narrow rows of snow-dusted white clapboard houses as American flags flutter on porches in the chill wind off Lake Erie. Around the corner from the Al-Islah Mosque the five daily calls can be heard at the Martha Washington bakery. As customers trickle in one non-Muslim woman refers to it as "that noise". She's also not a fan of the niqabs now regularly seen in the high street.
  • Michigan: Majority Muslim city council elected, “Today we show the Polish and everybody else”

    11/09/2015 5:37:04 AM PST · by Biggirl · 63 replies ^ | November 9, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    The nation’s first, but certainly not last, majority-Muslim city council has just been elected in Hamtramck, Michigan. Immediately one of the Muslims has caused controversy by showing himself to be somewhat less than the tolerant multiculturalist that he was no doubt assumed to be. Will we see any supremacist and pro-Sharia initiatives from this city council? Only if they decide to “show the Polish and everybody else.” The local multiculturalists, however, are still willfully unaware of Islamic supremacism and confident that everyone can work together.
  • Hamtramck is 1st American city to elect majority Muslim council

    11/04/2015 5:45:43 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 22 replies
    Click On Detroit ^ | 11/4/2015 | Will Jones
    4 of 6 Hamtramck City Council members are Muslim The Polish flocked to Hamtramck in the 1900s and evidence of the city's Polish roots remain. However, over the last few decades a new wave of immigrants, primarily from the Middle East, South Asia and Southeastern Europe, has dramatically changed the face and culture of this community. Now, the Hamtramck City Council is going to reflect that diversity. "We are very proud and we are very happy for that achievement, what we have done in this city, for our city," said Jamal Alturki, a voter. Voters gave Abu Musa and Anam...
  • Should Hamtramck Erect A 12-Foot Wall To Keep Out Detroiters?

    07/19/2013 4:20:03 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 46 replies ^ | 7-19-13 | CBS Detroit
    DETROIT (WWJ) – Prosperous suburbs surrounding Detroit — and even the struggling enclaves within — are working to distance themselves from a city in financial ruin. In Hamtramck, one City Council candidate is taking that idea to the extreme. Richard Fabiszak has proposed that Hamtramck build a 12 or 14-foot wall around the city, keeping out Detroiters, and requiring state-issued identification to get in. “That sounds crazy to me,” one Hamtramck resident told WWJ Newsradio 950′s Sandra McNeil. “I never heard of such a thing. That sounds like something you’d see in a movie — some kind of science fiction...
  • The New Congress and the Coming Class War (Current events thru Alice's Looking Glass)

    01/06/2011 11:22:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Nation ^ | The January 24th, 2011 Issue | Professor Eric Alterman
    According to Newsweek's Jonathan Alter, the president recently told friends, "All I want for Christmas is an opposition I can negotiate with." Well, he had one, briefly, so long as he was willing to cave in to its demands to bust the budget with a massive gift of more than $130 billion in tax cuts to the wealthiest 2 percent of the country and the gutting of the estate tax. That cleared the decks for other "victories" and "compromises" and led to widespread insider approval of Obama's ability to "make the system work." Like 13-year-olds at the movies, pundits love...
  • Hamtramck seeks state permission to file for bankruptcy (it begins)

    11/16/2010 3:25:39 PM PST · by frithguild · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/13/2010 | Mika Wilkerson and Paul Eagan
    The city of Hamtramck, desperate for cash, has asked the state for permission to take an unprecedented step: filing for bankruptcy. City Manager Bill Cooper said the city of roughly 20,000 people is staring at a $3 million deficit, fueled by a dispute with Detroit. Unless Hamtramck files for bankruptcy, it won't be able to pay its nearly 100 employees or 153 retirees, he said.
  • Hamtramck builds homes to atone for discrimination

    01/19/2010 12:45:46 PM PST · by Abathar · 19 replies · 590+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Tue Jan 19, 2010 | Ed White
    HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – More than 40 years after her family was forced from their home because they were black, Sallie Sanders received the keys to a new house built to settle one of the longest-running cases of housing discrimination in the United States. "My parents would be ecstatic that their offspring would be able to enjoy the things they couldn't," the 60-year-old Sanders said Monday before a ceremony to celebrate the milestone on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Hamtramck agreed in 1980 to develop 200 family housing units to make up for violating the civil rights of blacks whose neighborhoods...
  • Michigan: Muslims Dominate Hamtramck City Council

    11/04/2009 4:01:29 PM PST · by Islaminaction · 20 replies · 898+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | November 4Th, 2009 | Christopher Logan
    Unfortunately for America the Islamic dominance in sections of Michigan is growing stronger, and stronger. Will the Islamic influence there get as bad as it is in the UK? Time will tell... NOV. 4, 2009 Muslims given strong role in Hamtramck BY NIRAJ WARIKOO FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER After Tuesday's election, Muslims are to make up half of the city council members in Hamtramck, a percentage believed by advocates to be the highest Muslim representation in a municipality in the United States.
  • Conyers takes Hamtramck reporter to task

    09/04/2009 12:55:59 AM PDT · by Westlander · 4 replies · 727+ views
    Michigan Messenger ^ | 9-1-2009 | Todd A. Heywood
    'After I read the story, we’ll have an even gooder conversation, the 44-year veteran Congressman said..........'
  • Should Witnesses be Allowed to Wear Niqabs While Testifying?

    06/19/2009 10:02:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 37 replies · 985+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | June 19, 2009
    JUNE 17, 2009 Should Witnesses be Allowed to Wear Niqabs While Testifying? By Ashby Jones In our opinion, the best legal controversies arise when two compelling principles smack headlong into each other. Here’s one: should a devout Muslim woman be required to lift her veil when testifying in court? The issue pits two cherished American values: the desire to let people practice their religions freely against the desire for transparency and integrity within our justice system. The issue has been kicking around courts in Michigan for some time, as it turns out. And the Michigan Supreme Court made a bit...
  • Ordinance designed to advance gay 'rights' overturned by voters

    11/06/2008 2:00:54 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 836+ views
    CNA ^ | November 6, 2008
    div class="noticia_lead_imagen_container"> Fr. Andrew Wesley speaking at a rally against the "human rights" ordinance Hamtramck, MI, Nov 6, 2008 / 05:11 am (CNA).- Voters in the town of Hamtramck, Michigan have overturned an ordinance which would have given legal protections to homosexual behavior, expression and attire. The regulations could also have forced businesses to permit men who perceive themselves as women to use women’s restrooms.Any attempts to prevent such activity, according to the Thomas More Law Center, would have subjected violators to investigations, criminal prosecution, civil litigation, and fines of up to five hundred dollars a day.The proposal, labeled as...
  • Threat Matrix: May 2008

    05/01/2008 3:06:29 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,313 replies · 4,222+ views
    U.S. Wary Of Small Boat Terrorism As boating season approaches, the Bush administration wants to enlist America's 80 million recreational boaters to help reduce the chances that a small boat could deliver a nuclear or radiological bomb somewhere along the 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline and inland waterways. According to an April 23 intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press, "The use of a small boat as a weapon is likely to remain al Qaeda's weapon of choice in the maritime environment, given its ease in arming and deploying, low cost, and record of success." While the United States...
  • Hamtramck, Michigan -- seeking facts (vanity, I apologise!)

    02/26/2008 12:45:11 AM PST · by SAJ · 25 replies · 371+ views
    inquiring minds ^ | 02/26/08 | self
    Having a debate with a friend, a fairly Leftist friend, who is of course quite anti-Christian but, curiously, pro-Islamic. Would anyone be kind enough to provide specifics on the infilration of Islam into the city of Hamtramck? Many thanks in advance, and I do apologise for the vanity post.
  • Michigan city could become first in U.S. under Muslim control

    08/06/2007 2:10:24 PM PDT · by Between the Lines · 148 replies · 3,875+ views
    One News Now ^ | August 6, 2007
    A Detroit-area newspaper says the results of Tuesday's primary could lead to Hamtramck, Michigan, becoming the first city council in the U.S. to be controlled by Muslims. The Detroit News says there are four Muslims in the Tuesday primary. If they are among the candidates who win and go on to run in the November election, they would have a chance to join a fifth Muslim who already sits on the six-member council and is up for re-election in 2009. Hamtramck -- historically a refuge for Catholic immigrants mostly from Poland and Ukraine -- was at the center of a...
  • Muslim Woman Told She Must Remove Veil To Testify In Detroit Court

    10/23/2006 11:33:19 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 40 replies · 1,375+ views
    All Headline News ^ | 10/23/06 | Mort Karman
    Ginnah Muhammad, 42, is a devout Muslim, so as such, she feels she was forced to choose between her small claims court case and her religion, Friday. Judge Paul Paruk, in Hamtramck District Court, told Muhammad she had to take off her niqab; a scarf and veil, which covers her face and head except for her eyes, or he would dismiss her case. The judge said he needed to see her face so he could judge her truthfulness when she testified. Paruk told the Detroit Free press he offered to let Muhammad, who was born in the United States and...
  • Clumsy Attempt to Bypass Airport Security Or Pinging the System? (analysis)

    09/12/2006 11:53:42 AM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 35 replies · 1,356+ views
    STRATFOR ^ | 9.11.06
    Yemeni-born U.S. citizen Mohammed Ghanem was arraigned in a Wayne County, Mich., court Sept. 9 after he allegedly tried to pass through a security checkpoint at Detroit Metro Airport with a knife concealed in a hollowed-out book. Although the incident probably was not a militant hijacking attempt, it does raise red flags because militants have been known to use similar tactics to gauge security at airports. Ghanem, a busboy from the Detroit suburb of Hamtramck, which has a large Yemeni immigrant population, was arrested Sept. 7 after he tried to pass through an airport metal detector with the knife. The...
  • Man Charged After Trying to Board Yemen-Bound Plane With Knife

    09/09/2006 6:50:47 PM PDT · by callthemlikeyouseethem · 29 replies · 1,011+ views ^ | September 09, 2006 | AP
    A man was jailed on $500,000 bail Saturday after authorities alleged he tried to board a plane bound for his native Yemen with a knife hidden in a book. Mohammed Ghanem, 21, of Hamtramck, was arrested Thursday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after Transportation Security Administration officers detected the knife "artfully concealed" in the book, airport spokesman Michael Conway said.
  • Man Accused of Having Knife in Airport (...and a one-way ticket to Yemen)

    09/09/2006 6:46:04 PM PDT · by grimalkin · 39 replies · 1,391+ views
    ABC News ^ | 9/9/2006 | AP
    Man Accused of Trying to Board Yemen-Bound Plane in Michigan With Knife Hidden in Book ROMULUS, Mich. Sep 9, 2006 (AP)— A man with a one-way ticket to Yemen attempted to board a plane with a knife hidden in a book, authorities said. Mohammed Ghanem, 21, of Hamtramck, was jailed Saturday on $500,000 after being arraigned on a charge of possessing a weapon in the sterile area of an airport. Ghanem was arrested Thursday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after Transportation Security Administration officers detected the knife "artfully concealed" in the book, airport spokesman Michael Conway said. Someone had carved out...
  • SPC suspect jailed in Michigan

    11/02/2004 10:47:47 PM PST · by sarah_f · 7 replies · 378+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | 10/28/2004 | NORA KOCH
    SPC suspect jailed in Michigan The man, who tried to buy St. Petersburg College vehicles, has terrorist ties, police say. By NORA KOCH, Times Staff Writer Published October 28, 2004 A former Clearwater man who tried to buy an old ambulance and two surplus police cruisers from St. Petersburg College in August is an "affiliate of a terrorist organization," according to police documents obtained Wednesday. Abdalla Deiab, 51, was arrested in Michigan on Wednesday on a warrant charging him with failing to return a hired vehicle, a Largo rental car, Pinellas County sheriff's and Largo police officials said. In a...
  • Charges say Hamtramck officer used Taser on partner

    12/08/2005 9:46:29 AM PST · by shooter223 · 29 replies · 689+ views ^ | 12/8/2005 | Unknown (AP)
    HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — An argument between two police officers over whether they should stop for a soft drink ended with the male officer using a Taser stun gun on his female partner, authorities say. A Taser delivers an electrical shock to immobilize its target. Ronald Dupuis, 32, of Allen Park was charged Wednesday with assault, which carries up to 93 days in jail on conviction. His arraignment was not yet scheduled, Hamtramck police Chief James Doyle told the Detroit Free Press
  • Police Search For Gun In Hamtramck Double Murder Investigators Interview Person Of Interest

    10/27/2005 5:11:53 AM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies · 364+ views
    Click on Detroit ^ | October 26, 2005
    Police Search For Gun In Hamtramck Double Murder Investigators Interview Person Of Interest POSTED: 2:06 pm EDT October 26, 2005 HAMTRAMCK, Mich. -- Investigators were sweeping through a Hamtramck neighborhood Wednesday in search of the gun used in the shooting deaths of an off-duty sheriff's deputy and his roommate, Local 4 reported. Corporal Roger Young (pictured, right), 38, of the Wayne County Sheriff's Department, was found dead in the back yard of his home on Nagle Street, near Interstate 75 and Carpenter Road, in Hamtramck Tuesday night. His roommate, Jason McBreyer, 22, was found shot to death in the kitchen...
  • Family's two pit bulls kill Hamtramck girl, 6

    04/05/2005 6:22:36 AM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 330 replies · 5,320+ views
    ap ^ | 4-5-05
    Family's two pit bulls kill Hamtramck girl, 6 4/5/2005, 4:28 a.m. ET The Associated Press HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — Two pit bulls attacked and killed their owners' 6-year-old girl in the backyard of a home near Detroit, state police say. Cassidy Jeter was killed Monday morning, said state police Lt. Harold Love. The girl had known the pit bulls since they were puppies, The Detroit News said. Cassidy and a younger child were walking down an alley next to the home about 9 a.m. when the dogs attacked, Love said. The family recently moved out of a home around the...
  • Search Is On For Missing Student

    08/12/2004 6:44:11 AM PDT · by IN Farm Girl · 10 replies · 710+ views
    Lafayette (IN) Journal and Courier ^ | 8/12/04 | Matt Stucky
    The J&C is a Gannett paper, so follow the link:

    07/25/2004 6:36:08 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 55 replies · 1,796+ views, "Inside Politics" ^ | 20 July 2004 | Editors
    See City votes on volume of Islamic call to prayerHAMTRAMCK, Michigan (AP) -- Residents of this once-predominantly Polish city voted Tuesday on a ballot measure that organizers hoped would be a referendum on whether to allow mosques to issue the Islamic call to prayer over loudspeakers. Excerpt from the origional. See link above.
  • Hamtramck vote a victory for those in favor of allowing mosques to broadcast Islamic call to prayer

    07/20/2004 8:54:13 PM PDT · by not_apathetic_anymore · 26 replies · 939+ views
    AP via ^ | 7/20/2004 | SARAH KARUSH
    Hamtramck vote a victory for those in favor of allowing mosques to broadcast Islamic call to prayer By SARAH KARUSH The Associated Press 7/20/2004, 11:33 p.m. ET HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — Residents agreed Tuesday to include the Islamic call to prayer in the city's noise ordinance, a victory for those in favor of allowing mosques to issue the call to prayer over loudspeakers. Those in favor of allowing the broadcasts won the vote 1,462 to 1,200, or 55 percent to 45 percent, with all precincts reporting and all absentee ballots counted. Opponents and backers of the measure acknowledged that the...
  • Political Powder Keg: Has Religious Tolerance Gone Too Far?

    06/03/2004 3:25:50 PM PDT · by missyme · 172 replies · 262+ views
    CBN News ^ | June 3rd, 2004 | Melissa Charbonneau
    HAMTRAMCK, Michigan -- Hamtramck, Michigan is a blue-collar town surrounded by the city of Detroit. Its downtown storefronts reflect the diversity of immigrants who settled here. But an influx of immigrants from the Middle East has transformed Hamtramck from a melting pot into a political powder keg. New Muslim residents are adopting American habits, driving SUVs and talking on cell phones. But many still cling to old customs, wearing traditional dress, and shopping at markets that sell "halal," or meat slaughtered according to Islamic law. Now one Bangladeshi mosque wants to revive a controversial ritual. The Islamic call to prayer...
  • Hamtramck Mosques Will Start Call to prayer Friday 1:30

    05/26/2004 4:36:12 AM PDT · by ElisabethInCincy · 113 replies · 348+ views
    Call to prayer, noise ordinance, to go before Hamtramck voters Tuesday, May 25, 2004 BY CECIL ANGEL FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER It's now up to voters. The decision that has split Hamtramck -- City Council approval of a noise ordinance that would have allowed the Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast on loudspeakers from the Al-Islah Islamic Center -- was affirmed by a 5-0 vote Tuesday night. Because the council didn't rescind the ordinance, the issue will go before voters, as required by the city charter. Until then, the city must put the ordinance on hold because residents filed...
  • Hamtramck city council receives petition to stop the noise ordinance change (muslim call to prayer)

    05/25/2004 5:58:34 PM PDT · by Coroner · 56 replies · 253+ views
    My cousin | 5/25/04 | me
    My cousin was at the Hamtramck city council meeting and called me. The Hamtramck city council just received a petition that overturns the city council ruling on the noise ordinance. This now stops the muslim call to prayer and it must be voted on by the people.
  • Muslim prayer call likely to be on city's ballot

    05/25/2004 8:27:49 AM PDT · by wmichgrad · 229 replies · 244+ views
    The Detroit Free Press | May 25, 2004 | Cecil Angel
    Tonight, petitions could stall Muslim prayer call
  • Muslim Call to Prayers - Update

    05/19/2004 7:34:27 PM PDT · by milford421 · 17 replies · 143+ views
    Associated Press | 5/19/04 | milford421
    In Hamtramck, Michigan - Last month, the Hamtramck City Council voted unanimously to amend the noise ordinance to allow for the broadcasting of the Muslim call to prayers between the hours of 6a.m. - 10p.m. Opponents of the noise ordinance promised to fight the amendment. It appears they have come up with more than the required 552 signatures needed to block the amendment.
  • Loudspeaker Opponents Petition for Action (Opponents of Muslim Call to Prayer)

    05/19/2004 3:44:10 PM PDT · by veronica · 169 replies · 1,550+ views ^ | 05-19-04
    Opponents of Muslim Call to Prayer Over Loudspeakers Present Petitions to Michigan Officials HAMTRAMCK, Mich. May 19, 2004 — Opponents of a noise-ordinance change that would allow mosques to issue the Islamic call to prayer on loudspeakers say they have collected enough signatures to block the move or submit it to the voters. Petitioners submitted 632 signatures to the city clerk's office Tuesday, and "there will be more coming," said Robert Zwolak, one of the organizers of the campaign. The Hamtramck City Council voted unanimously last month to amend the noise ordinance to allow mosques to broadcast the call to...
  • Muslim Call to Prayers in Michigan

    05/16/2004 8:27:19 PM PDT · by milford421 · 154 replies · 3,820+ views
    Jihad Watch - archives | 5/16/04 | milford421
    The City Council of Hamtramck, Michigan approved an amendment to the city's noise ordinance to allow the Muslim call to prayer over loudspeakers 5 times daily, from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. The new ordinance takes effect May 26. Nonie Darwish writes the following:
  • ...Or would you rather wait until it's "outside your front door?"

    05/11/2004 12:55:28 PM PDT · by mhking · 101 replies · 612+ views
    Ramblings' Journal / Project 21 ^ | 5.11.04 | Michael King
    Nick Berg owned a business in suburban Philadelphia. His dad, his brother and his sister live in the Philadelphia area. He was a contractor who went to Iraq to help out in the rebuilding of the infrastructure of that war-torn nation.Nick Berg's face was seen today on a web-site known to belong to Al Qaeda. Berg was sitting in front of a group of masked thugs, who forced him to give his name, then promptly decapitated him.And we're stuck listening to whining and crying about Iraqis being humiliated.Perky Katie Couric keeps trying to tell us how evil the Bush Administration...
  • Prayer call grates on Michigan town

    05/06/2004 11:48:18 AM PDT · by veronica · 414 replies · 980+ views
    NYT/IHT ^ | 05-06-04 | John Leland
    HAMTRAMCK - Michigan To hear people in this blue-collar town tell it, things were fine until the al-Islah Islamic Center petitioned to broadcast its call to prayer, or azan, over an outdoor loudspeaker. . Masud Khan, the mosque's secretary, sat on the carpeted floor one day last week and reflected on what he had learned about some of his neighbors in the last few months. "How much they hate us," he said softly. . Jackie Rutherford, a librarian and youth worker, sat on her front stoop watching three men in Islamic shirt-dresses at the house across the street. . "I...
  • Cities should treat all religions the same; Muslim broadcasts are just like church bells

    05/02/2004 6:51:21 AM PDT · by quantim · 90 replies · 299+ views
    The Detroit News ^ | Sunday, May 2, 2004 | By Shahab Ahmed
    <p>The Muslim call to worship in Hamtramck has received a lot of national attention, but there is nothing really controversial about it. A local community has made a judgment about a local noise issue.</p> <p>The Hamtramck City Council’s approval of letting mosques broadcast the call to worship five times a day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. over loudspeakers recognizes the right of the mosques to practice this ancient tradition. And the willingness of the al-Islah Islamic Center to ask permission to do this, even though it didn’t have to, shows it wants to be a good neighbor in a multiethnic, multireligious community.</p>
  • Call to Prayer Action required!

    04/30/2004 6:28:24 AM PDT · by ElisabethInCincy · 30 replies · 205+ views
    roger Gilesme | 4/30/04 | me
    I have located several churches in hamtramck mi. I will be calling shortly to find out what is Being done and what we can do to stop this call to prayer. It will go in to affect May 26 . Christians we need to do everything we can to stop this. # Corinthian Baptist Church 1725 Caniff 868-7664 # Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church 2311 Pulaski 365-5191 # Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church 3150 Commor 893-1710 # Macedonia Baptist Church 5080 Belmont 874-1759 # New St. John Baptist Church 3901 Miller 922-0353 # Our Lady Queen of Apostles 3850...

    04/27/2004 11:04:56 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 157 replies · 1,367+ views
    Detroit Free Press ^ | 21 April 2004 | CECIL ANGEL, Staff Writer
    <p>The Hamtramck City Council gave initial approval Tuesday night to allowing mosques in the city to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer over loudspeakers.</p> <p>The issue, which has divided many of the city's Muslim and Christian residents, has attracted national attention and has evolved from a debate about a noise ordinance to one about religious freedom and tolerance.</p>
  • Balance Rights to Practice and Be Free from Religion

    04/24/2004 11:13:22 AM PDT · by RightWingAtheist · 7 replies · 180+ views
    The Detroit News ^ | April 24, 2004 | Detroit News Editorial Service
    <p>Two Metro Detroit communities are grappling with how to accommodate their growing Muslim populations. In both cases, the proposals threaten each city government’s neutrality in dealing with different faiths.</p> <p>In Dearborn, the American Muslim Society has asked that city offices close on Eid al-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha, two Islamic holy days. Advocates say granting the holidays would show respect for the city’s growing Arab-American population. Dearborn’s Legal Department is reviewing the request for the City Council.</p>
  • CALL TO TOLERANCE: Hamtramck should not silence part of Muslims' faith (SEISMIC BARF ALERT!!!!!)

    04/21/2004 8:08:19 PM PDT · by RightWingAtheist · 36 replies · 564+ views
    Detroit Free Press ^ | 4/20/2004 | Some idiot editorial writer
    <p>As the area's premier community of immigrants, Hamtramck surely should be tolerant of different cultures. But in this city where church bells regularly ring, some residents are up in arms over a request that the city's five Muslim mosques be able to broadcast daily calls to prayer.</p>
  • Will you wake up to Islamic prayer call?

    04/15/2004 4:50:39 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 136 replies · 596+ views ^ | April 15, 2004 |
    A holy war of sorts is heating up in a Detroit suburb, where members of the local Muslim community want loudspeakers on mosques to announce the Islamic call to prayer five times each day. But the idea is running into opposition from other residents of Hamtramck, Mich., many of whom are Christian, who think the prayer calls as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 10 p.m. would be disruptive. "When you call to prayer, you are proselytizing, and as a citizen of the United States I don't want to hear it," Bob Golen, 68, told the Detroit Free...