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05 Nov 2020

Today in Islamophobia:  Muslim voters in the U.S. cast their ballots in “record numbers” in Tuesday’s election, with nearly 70 percent voting for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, an Austrian man is honored as a hero for saving lives during a recent terrorist attack in Vienna, and Quebec’s Superior Court hears testimony surrounding a potential law banning religious clothing in public. Our recommended read of the day is by Elizabeth Pineau


04 Nov 2020

In wake of attacks, one French Muslim asks: does my country love me?

Raised by her grandparents - one Muslim, the other Catholic - the 36-year-old identifies as French, and defends France’s secular values that separate religion from the state in public life. Yet in the aftermath of a spate of Islamist attacks she has begun to feel increasingly alienated in her own country. read the complete article

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04 Nov 2020

Gérald Darmanin: Who is France’s interior minister?

Darmanin, 38, was born into a working-class family in the Northern French town of Valenciennes, and is of Algerian and Maltese descent. In 2014, he told the French publication Bondy Blog that he “feels deeply Catholic, culturally,” and that his grandfather was Muslim. read the complete article

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04 Nov 2020

Muslim US voters cast ballots in ‘record numbers’, with exit poll showing nearly 70% voting for Biden

Muslim voters in the US cast their ballots in “record numbers” in Tuesday’s election, with nearly 70 per cent voting for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, an exit poll conducted by The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, has found. read the complete article

03 Nov 2020

Mauree Turner Wins, Will Be First Muslim Lawmaker In Oklahoma

Mauree Turner won her election for state House in Oklahoma’s 88th district, making history as the first Muslim person elected to the state’s legislature. The 27-year-old political newcomer beat out Republican Kelly Barlean for the seat. In the heavily Republican state, Turner’s district, which includes Oklahoma City, leans solidly Democratic. read the complete article

04 Nov 2020

US elections 2020: Anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist wins seat in Congress

Anti-Muslim candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene is the first supporter of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory to win a US House seat. Greene declared victory in Georgia's 14th congressional district on Wednesday after both the Associated Press and CNN assured her of the win earlier in the day. Greene will now become the first person to serve in the US House to have openly supported the QAnon conspiracy, which spreads the baseless and xenophobic idea that a network of "deep state" actors is working behind the scenes against US President Donald Trump to create a new world order. read the complete article

04 Nov 2020

Muslim American Lawmakers Mark Historic Firsts Across Several States

Five Democratic politicians made history last night by becoming the first Muslim legislators in their respective states. Three Muslim women won seats in state legislatures on Tuesday. Mauree Turner, who won her race for state House in Oklahoma, will be the first Muslim lawmaker elected to the state’s legislature. read the complete article


04 Nov 2020

Vienna attack: The Muslim heroes who saved lives

On Monday evening, 23-year-old Osama Abu El-Hosna and his colleague left Schwedenplatz, a central Vienna square, and headed towards McDonald’s, where they worked. Suddenly, heard gunshots. “The terrorist was 20 metres away from me,” Hosna told Al Jazeera on a video call, visibly upset. read the complete article


04 Nov 2020

Quebec's ban on religious symbols threatens education, health of minorities, trial hears

The Quebec law that bars public teachers from wearing religious symbols at school is likely to cause lasting damage to the education of minority groups and imperil the health and safety of Muslim women in the province, according to expert testimony heard Wednesday in Quebec Superior Court. read the complete article

Today in Islamophobia, 05 Nov 2020 Edition


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