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Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf: moving beyond the Ground Zero mosque

(RNS) Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf reflects on why America is a Shariah-compliant nation, why Islamophobia has increased in the 10 years since the 9/11 attacks, and why the turmoil over the so-called “Ground Zero mosque'' actually increased America's standing in the Muslim world. By Daniel Burke.

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Are Muslims allowed to dance?

(RNS) The Taliban in Afghanistan beheaded 17 people, allegedly for dancing, according to one Afghan official. The reports shocked people around the world and provided fodder to critics of Islam. Does Islam forbid dancing? By Omar Sacirbey.

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COMMENTARY: The one bright light in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (RNS) Two forces of nature were bearing down on Tampa this week. One, Tropical Storm Isaac, was thought likely to reach Tampa on Monday as a hurricane. The other, the Republican National Convention, was bringing 50,000 Republicans to nominate a president and vice president, to adopt a campaign platform, and to make the usual quadrennial noise. By Tom Ehrich.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan asks candidates to sign civility pledge

NEW YORK (RNS) Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who sparked controversy by agreeing to deliver the closing blessing at the Republican convention in Tampa this week, on Monday raised more questions about his political role by asking both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama to sign a “civility pledge” promoted by a leading conservative Catholic activist. By David Gibson.