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Muslim and Christian Dialogue in the Midwest

December 31, 2003

Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

http://www.nccbuscc.org/comm/archives/2003/03-250.htm

On December 31, 2003 the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reported, "The Mid-Atlantic Dialogue of Catholics and Muslims, sponsored by the Islamic Society of North America, Plainfield, Indiana, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Washington, DC, has finished a sixty-five page study resulting from discussion over an eight-year...

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Hmong Immigrants Celebrate the New Year in CA

December 31, 2003

Source: Pacific News Service

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=e43dd05ea65de1118fd1549207ece59d

On December 31, 2003 the Pacific News Service reported, "Hmong immigrants are celebrating the New Year, honoring traditions that have survived their people's worldwide dispersal due to a 'secret war' in Southeast Asia. Between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1 every year, the Hmong community celebrates the New Year in the...

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Baha'i Jubilee Celebration Commemorates Previous Generations

December 31, 2003

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story.cfm?storyid=270

On December 31, 2003 Baha'i World News Service reported, "Two young cousins provided a highlight here at the national Baha'i jubilee celebrations, which followed satellite festivities in eight cities. At an opening session of the festivities, Kelebogile Khunou, 12, and Direlang Nakedi, 11, praised their grandparents for becoming Baha'is nearly 50 years ago...This testimony by third-...

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Rally Against French Ban on Headscarves in CA

December 31, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/7605012.htm

On December 31, 2003 the Contra Costa Times reported, "Bay Area Muslims joined others around the country Tuesday to protest the French government's proposal to ban the wearing of 'conspicuous' religious clothing such as Muslim head scarves and Jewish skullcaps in public schools. Rallying in front of the French Consulate in San Francisco, 15 women wearing the head covering,...

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Elderly Sikh Man Beaten to Death in Gurdwara

December 31, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_midlands/3355463.stm

On December 31, 2003 the BBC News reported, "The intruders who beat an elderly Sikh man to death at a Wolverhampton temple on Christmas Eve may have walked straight into the building which remains open around the clock, police said. Sohan Singh, a 78-year-old temple volunteer, regularly stayed overnight to prepare the religion's holy books for early prayer sessions. It...

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Editorial: Article on American Muslims and Iraq "Grossly Misleading"

December 31, 2003

Source: Tolerance.org

http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_tol.jsp?id=918

On December 31, 2003 Tolerance.org published an editorial by Christopher Scheer accusing the Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Julie Tamaki of lazy, biased, and inaccurate reporting in her recent article "Muslims Ponder Postwar Iraq." According to Scheer, Tamaki's article on the annual convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council focuses on a single and unrepresentative panel from the...

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Update: Kathuria First Sikh to Run for Senate

December 31, 2003

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com//s/Kathuriastatement

On December 31, 2003 Sikhnet reported, "Dr. Chirinjeev Singh Kathuria, a Sikh running for US Senate in the state of Illinois, issued a statement last week outlining his position on issues of importance to the US Sikh community. In his statement, Dr. Kathuria called for tightening existing bias-crime reporting laws so that, 'accurate statistics can be recorded and hate-based activity accurately tracked and countered...

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Kucinich Campaigns for the Muslim Vote

December 31, 2003

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://www.tampatrib.com/FloridaMetro/MGAPE00UUOD.html

On December 31, 2003 The Tampa Tribune reported that "four-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, a long- shot White House candidate, is campaigning aggressively for the Muslim vote on a platform built around immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. Kucinich brought his message to Tampa on Tuesday in a tour of the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area and a speech to about 100...

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Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Mosque Supports Headscarf Ban

December 30, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3358363.stm

On December 30, 2003 the BBC News reported, "The head of one of the world's most prestigious centres of Islamic learning has upheld the right of France to ban headscarves in state schools. The Grand Sheikh of the al-Azhar mosque in Egypt, Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, was speaking after talks with French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy...Speaking in Cairo in the presence of Mr Sarkozy, Sheikh Tantawi said the veil was...

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Crowd Gathers in N.Y.C. to Protest French Ban of Religious Symbols

December 30, 2003

Source: Beliefnet.com

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/137/story_13798_1.html

On December 30, 2003 Beliefnet.com posted an Associated Press article that reported, "Advocates for Muslim religious freedoms brought a petition and letters to the French consulate Tuesday, protesting that country's proposed ban of Islamic head scarves and other religious symbols in public schools...Ghazi Khankan, executive director of the New York chapter of the Council on American...

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