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Governor Joins Ismaili Community's Brick-Laying Ceremony for New Jamatkhana in Plano

June 14, 2005

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/061505dnmetismailicenter.d99ed2f.html

On June 14, 2005 The Dallas Morning News reported, "The Ismaili Muslim community announced Tuesday that it is building a $6.5 million worship and community center in Plano, where it has found a warm welcome. Gov. Rick Perry flew in to lay the first ceremonial brick for the center's...

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Survivors of Gujarat Riots, Relatives Seek Damages

June 14, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AFP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20050614/wl_sthasia_afp/indiagujaratunrest_050614045545

On June 14, 2005 Agence France-Presse reported, "Survivors of one of the worst massacres during the 2002 sectarian riots in Gujarat filed a compensation claim against the western Indian state's ruling Hindu nationalist BJP party. Over 120 people from the minority Muslim community were...

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Opinion: Bill Would Protect "Group[s] of People Who Don't Fall Into a Single Racial Identity"

June 14, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1505794,00.html

On June 14, 2005 The Guardian ran an opinion piece by Sher Khan, chair of the public affairs committee of the Muslim Council of Britian, in support of the proposed religious hatred bill. Khan writes, "Central to the opposition argument is whether it will be possible to distinguish between legitimate criticisms of religion and incitement to hatred. The question fails to...

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Anti-Terrorism Effort Being Waged with the Help of Immigration Law

June 13, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/12/AR2005061201441.html

On June 13, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "[A] broad anti-terrorism effort [is] being waged [in the U.S.] with a seemingly innocuous weapon: immigration law. In the past two years, officials have filed immigration charges against more than 500 people who have come under scrutiny in national security investigations,...

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"Let's Talk," the First in a Series of Interfaith Conversations

June 13, 2005

Source: The State

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/11881016.htm

On June 13, 2005 The State reported, "About 70 people took the first step Sunday in what they hope will be a long and fruitful series of interfaith dialogues and discussions. 'Let’s Talk — An Open Community Forum on Jewish, Christian and Islamic Relations' featured a Chicago-based Muslim woman editor, as well as educators, community members and leaders from around Columbia. Meeting in...

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British Boy Scouts Have Expanded Options in Pledge, Including "Allah" and "My Dharma"

June 12, 2005

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1650843,00.html

On June 12, 2005 The Times reported, "Now, after a century, the Scout Association has ditched its traditional pledge of loyalty 'to God and to the Queen' in favour of a series of multicultural options. Muslim Scouts can opt to swear to Allah, while atheists can drop God altogether and budding republicans can pledge themselves to the state rather than the monarch. The pledge is taken...

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Muslim Scouting Thrives at the Islamic Center of Sharon

June 12, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/06/12/scouting_a_cultural_bridge/

On June 12, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "the Sharon Boy Scout groups began several years ago, but only recently has the program begun to pick up steam, gaining new members and leaders. It also for the first time has a dedicated space -- a former downstairs classroom set aside by the mosque. And a year ago, the Girl Scout troop was...

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Internal Inquiry Finds that Muslim Transportation Employee Victim of Harassment

June 12, 2005

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2005/wayne/0506/12/D04-212809.htm

On June 12, 2005 The Detroit News reported, "a former employee is suing the state Department of Transportation, alleging he was subjected to verbal harassment about his Muslim faith -- the sort of workplace behavior that civil rights advocates assert has become all too common. In his court filing, construction engineer Mohammad Sani and his lawyer, Shereef Akeel, of Birmingham say...

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Islamic Center of America in Dearborn Site of Rally for Religious Tolerance

June 11, 2005

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/religion/koran11e_20050611.htm

On June 11, 2005 the Detroit Free Press reported, "For many Michigan Muslims, the abuse of the Koran at Guantanamo Bay isn't just an affront to Islam: It's also an insult to America's tradition of tolerance. So on Friday, they rallied alongside Christians and Jews, whites and blacks, on the steps of the newly opened Islamic Center of America mosque in Dearborn. Under the glaring...

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Moving from Tolerance to Appreciation of Muslims in the Mormon State

June 11, 2005

Source: Deseret Morning News

http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,600140374,00.html

On June 11, 2005 the Deseret Morning News reported, "the Islamic population in Utah has been steadily growing over the past few years, increasing by about 40 percent. This is partially because of the migration of Somalians and Bosnians, but the demographic also includes Arabs and Pakistanis, said Ahmed, the newly elected president of the Greater Islamic Society of Salt Lake City...

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Educator and Interfaith Activist Among Those Detained in Lodi Terror Probe

June 11, 2005

Source: Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/11871438.htm

On June 11, 2005 the Mercury News reported, "the FBI alleges agents have been looking into the affairs of Mohammad Adil Khan -- an educator leading the fight to open a Muslim school in Lodi -- for years. In federal court papers, agents link him to an associate of his father's in Pakistan who signed a holy order with Osama bin Laden calling for followers to kill Americans. But...

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Update: NC Church Splits from Baptist Conventions After Controversial Sign Posted

June 11, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20050610-113611-9224r.htm

On June 11, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A church whose pastor was criticized last month for displaying a sign calling for the Koran to be 'flushed' has withdrawn from the Southern Baptist Convention. Pastor Creighton Lovelace did not immediately return calls yesterday, but in a phone message left at his church in...

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Profile of a Model Muslim School in Bridgeview

June 11, 2005

Source: TIME Magazine

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1071185,00.html

On June 11, 2005 TIME Magazine reported, "the boys, with some affection, call their school 'the box.' It is an acknowledgment that their modern, gray concrete building with 36 classrooms and a basketball court is both protection and containment. Outside the box, says senior Ali Fadhli, there are 'problems.' He means temptation — and bigotry. The temptation is sex and the way...

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South Asian Muslim Scholars Tour U.S., Find Hope to Heal Divisions

June 11, 2005

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs11jun11,1,1425967.story?page=1

On June 11, 2005 the Los Angeles Times reported, "When they arrived for a monthlong visit last month, some South Asian Muslim scholars brought with them these perceptions of the United States: It was a country ruled by the FBI, the CIA and the Pentagon. It was a place where Muslims are routinely persecuted. It was a society of...

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