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National Call-In Day Urges Repair of the Patriot Act

January 23, 2006

Source: Yahoo! News/Bill of Rights Defense Committee

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060123/nym134.html

On January 23, 2006 a Bill of Rights Defense Committee Press Release reported, "Tens of thousands of Americans will phone their members of Congress on Wednesday, January 25, to urge them to repair the USA PATRIOT Act. The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) organized the National Call-In Day in response to a draft PATRIOT Act reauthorization bill that its network of...

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Northwest Austin Islamic Center Vandalized

January 23, 2006

Source: KXAN.com

http://www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=4395347&nav=0s3d

On January 23, 2006 KXAN.com reported, "[The Islamic Ahlul Bayt Association in Northwest Austin was vandalized] between 12:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Someone knocked down the basketball hoops and positioned them to block the gate. They also threw bricks and some portable weights into the driveway. Then, the vandals re-arranged the letters on the Islamic Center’s marquee. The culprits...

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Muslim Cultural Diversity Festival Refuses Participation of Gay and Lesbian Group

January 23, 2006

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,,1692804,00.html

On January 23, 2006 The Guardian reported, "A national festival to promote Muslim culture which is being partly funded by the government has refused to stage an event designed to highlight the lives and experiences of gays and lesbians. Prince Charles will open the Festival of Muslim Cultures in Sheffield tomorrow and over the next 18 months events will take place across the country...

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Hindu American Foundation Comments on Indian-American Response to California Textbooks in India Abroad

January 23, 2006

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_letters_india_abroad_textbook.htm

On January 23, 2006 the Hindu American Foundation's Suhag A. Shukla composed a letter to the editor of India Abroad regarding the current controversy over the content of history textbooks for Californian sixth graders. "While attacks [on the textbook contents] from non-Hindu academics with no expertise in Hinduism, and whose...

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Organization Promotes Religious Pluralism

January 22, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2006/01/22/defeating_islamist_extremism/

On January 22, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "With 200 million residents, Indonesia is the world's largest Muslim nation, and [Abdurrahman] Wahid -- popularly known as Gus Dur -- was not only its first democratically elected president but the longtime chairman of its largest Muslim...

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Archbishop Hosts Opening of Christian-Muslim Forum

January 21, 2006

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

http://www.irna.ir/en/news/view/line-20/0601212132153202.htm

On January 21, 2006 the Islamic Republic News Agency reported, "The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is to host the inaugural meeting and formal launch of the Christian Muslim Forum next Tuesday, his office at Lambeth Palace in London has announced. The spiritual leader of the Church of England is to address the first meeting of the new interfaith group,...

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CAIR Delegation to Iraq Pleads for Journalist’s Release

January 21, 2006

Source: USA Today

Wire Service: AP

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2006-01-21-journalist-hostage_x.htm

On January 21, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Representatives of a U.S. Muslim advocacy group joined in appealing Saturday for the release of American journalist Jill Carroll as a deadline set by kidnappers passed with no word on her fate. At least 12 Iraqis died in bombings and shootings nationwide...

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As Deadline Nears, Michigan Muslims Work for Journalist’s Release

January 20, 2006

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060120/NEWS05/601200310/1007/NEWS

On January 20, 2006 the Detroit Free Press reported, "The kidnapping of an American journalist raised in Ann Arbor has Muslims across southeastern Michigan frantically trying whatever they can to secure her release -- for her family, her friends and themselves. Through public appeals, calls to Iraqi officials and strongly worded...

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Opinion: “The Changing Faces of Islam”

January 19, 2006

Source: The Martin Marty Center

http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2006/0119.shtml

On January 19, 2006 The Martin Marty Center ran an opinion piece by Malika Zeghal, an Associate Professor of the Anthropology and Sociology of Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School. "Since September 11, 2001, the issue of the connection between Islam and violence has been raised repeatedly. An adequate response lies not in positing some...

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Swarthmore’s Islamic Studies Program Receives Substantial Gift

January 19, 2006

Source: The Phoenix

http://phoenix.swarthmore.edu/2006-01-19/news/15686

On January 19, 2006 The Phoenix reported, "Swarthmore’s Islamic Studies program is gaining steam thanks to a recent donation of $1 million from the family of Tariq Fischer ’08. The gift provides financial support to supplement student and faculty enthusiasm for the Islamic Studies program. Following Fischer’s death in a car accident in Georgia last summer, Paul Fischer, Tariq...

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Human Rights Watch Annual Report Blames War on Terror with Hampering Religious Freedoms

January 19, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/183/story_18363_1.html

On January 19, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "The governments of a number of countries, including China and Uzbekistan, are branding political opponents as Islamic terrorists and using the 'war on terror' as a way to stifle dissent, Human Rights Watch said in its annual global survey of human rights conditions. The report by the New York-...

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Possible Bias Crime at Boontown Islamic Center Under Investigation

January 19, 2006

Source: Daily Record

http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060119/NEWS01/601190320/1005

On January 19, 2006 the Daily Record reported, "Members of the Jam e Masjid Islamic Center on Harrison Street were shocked when they discovered a large American flag nailed above the mosque's doorway. Police are investigating the incident as a possible bias crime. The incident came only one day after a controversial planning board...

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