The plan was “not about changing the beliefs, habits or ideology of Islam but to make them compatible with socialist society”, Gao Zhanfu, vice-dean of the Beijing-based China Islamic Institute, told the newspaper. But the World Uyghur Congress, an exile organisation, said Beijing was using sinicisation to erase Islam from China. It added: “Practising Islam has been forbidden in parts of China, with individuals caught praying, fasting, growing a beard or wearing a hijab … facing the threat of arrest….more: independent
A judge’s decision to release a Tennessee man on bail after he was recorded threatening to stab, shoot and firebomb a Muslim community in upstate New York has been criticized by civil rights activists.
Robert Doggart, 63, and a former candidate for Congress, said he wanted to take his “battle-tested M-4” military-style assault rifle, “with 500 rounds of ammunition, light-armor piercing”, a pistol with three extra magazines and a machete to burn down “the kitchen, the mosque and their school” in the hamlet of Islamberg, according to a criminal complaint against him…MORE: theguardian