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Transgender Malaysians victorious over religious law banning cross-dressing

Friday, November 7, 2014
Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Three Malaysian transgender Muslims on Friday won a landmark court ruling against a religious law banning them from cross-dressing in what activists called a victory for human rights in a conservative Southeast Asian nation.

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Gina Miller: Islamist gay plot is destroying America

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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BarbWire content editor Gina Miller is angry that James Foley’s family asked anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller to pull advertisements in New York that featured images of Foley’s execution, writing that Foley’s family are “the ones who are blasting her ads as they slavishly bow to the tenets of Muslim Sharia law.”

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Indonesian province considers caning for gay sex

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
This 2011 file photo shows a Sharia law official whipping a man during a public caning in Jantho, Aceh province, Indonesia.
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- Men and women caught having homosexual sex could be publicly caned in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province if an Islam-inspired draft law is approved this week. Lawmaker Moharriadi Syafari said a majority of provincial lawmakers supported criminalizing gay sex...

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Accused killer says murders of four men were ‘vengeance’ against U.S.

Sunday, August 24, 2014
Ali Muhammad Brown
A Seattle man accused in a nationwide murder spree that has claimed four victims, including two gay men in Seattle, has told investigators that he had launched his own "jihad" against Americans as an act of "vengeance" to retaliate for U.S. military action in the Middle East.

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Growing number of American Muslims challenging once-taboo causes

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Omar Akersim, 26, on his prayer rug at his home in Los Angeles. Nearly 40 percent of the estimated 2.75 million Muslims in the U.S. are American-born and the number is growing, with the Muslim population skewing younger than the U.S. population at large, according to a 2011 survey by the Pew Research Center.
Omar Akersim prays regularly and observes the dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast. He is also openly gay. Akersim, 26, is part of a small but growing number of American Muslims challenging the long-standing interpretations of Islam that defined their parents' world. They believe that one can be gay and Muslim; that the sexes can pray shoulder-to-shoulder; that females...

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Brunei postpones new penal code that calls for ‘death by stoning’ for gay sex

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
Brunei has postponed its planned implementation of its new penal code that includes harsh Islamic punishments that call for the death penalty for numerous offenses, including same-sex sexual activity, and introduces stoning to death as the specific method of execution for crimes of a sexual nature.

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UN condemns Brunei law that calls for death by stoning for gay sex

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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The United Nations Human Rights office has condemned a revised penal code in Brunei which calls for the death penalty for numerous offenses, including same-sex sexual activity, and introduces stoning to death as the specific method of execution for crimes of a sexual nature.

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Transgender Muslim woman at center of Islamic religious debate

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Lucy Vallender
LONDON — A week after the a story of the first openly Muslim transgender woman was published, Lucy Vallender has been barred from her Mosque and shunned by her local community.

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William Murray: Homosexual elitist diplomats are to blame for Middle East turmoil

Thursday, September 20, 2012
William Murray
William Murray of the Religious Freedom Coalition not only told the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios that Islam is not a religion, but also that the U.S. fails to understand Muslims because our diplomats are homosexual elitists.

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Muslim lesbians fight deportation in Canada in fear of ‘honor killing’

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
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TORONTO -- An Arab-Israeli lesbian couple, who fled to Canada from Israel in fear of death at the hands of their Muslim family have been told they can remain in Canada for another chance at receiving asylum.

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