Islam

Local Homeland Security Officials No-Show at Muslim Town Hall Meeting in CA

December 21, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-muslim21dec21,1,5062369.story

On December 21, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "Muslim American groups from Southern California held a town hall meeting Monday to discuss with federal officials what they call unfair targeting of Muslim travelers and immigrants in the wake of 9/11. Nearly 500 people attended the meeting, held at a La Mirada hotel. But not everyone on the coalition's...

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Illegal Immigrants Participate in Counterterrorism Program, Now Face Deportation

December 21, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/21/national/21deport.html

On December 21, 2004 The New York Times reported, "last year, Mr. [Rafiqul] Islam and thousands of other Arab and Muslim men came forward to be fingerprinted, photographed and interviewed by immigration officials hunting for terrorists. Officials ultimately determined that almost none of them had links to terrorism. But Mr. Islam was in this country illegally, and the judge said he...

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Muslim Girl Expelled from School for Wearing Jilbab Takes Case to Appeals Court

December 20, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/beds/bucks/herts/4109697.stm

On December 20, 2004 the BBC News reported, "A school that barred a Muslim girl who wanted to wear traditional 'head-to-toe' dress behaved illegally, an appeal court has been told. Shabina Begum, 15, has not been attending Denbigh High School in Luton since September 2002 in a row over her wish to wear a jilbab. Cherie Booth, QC, told the court on Monday the...

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Muslim School in MA Combines Education with Islamic Values

December 20, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2004/12/20/finding_a_haven_amid_the_storm/

On December 20, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "at the Al Bustan school in Cambridge, 4-year-old's learn songs, how to read in English and Arabic, and to pray; female teachers wear hijab head scarves and infuse their lessons with an introduction to Muslim customs and practices... In the past three years, Muslim families...

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Pastor Convicted of Vilifying Islam Under Racial Discrimination Act

December 20, 2004

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11737834%255E2702,00.html

On December 20, 2004 The Australian reported, "Christian churches are divided about a religious vilification ruling that could see a failed Senate candidate for the religious-based Family First party forced to pay damages. Danny Nalliah, a pastor from the Christian fundamentalist church Catch the Fire Ministries, was found...

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Sharifa Alkhateeb, American Muslim Leader, Women's Rights Champion, Passes in 2004

December 20, 2004

Source: Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

http://www.wrmea.com/archives/December_2004/0412051.html

On December 20, 2004 the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs reported, "Dr. Sharifa Alkhateeb's smile and her voice, bubbling with optimism and determination, are now gone. But her memory will remain with everyone who knew her for a very long time to come. Alkhateeb died Oct. 21 of pancreatic cancer in Ashburn, VA. After a lifetime spent working to help...

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Muslims Viewed With High Levels of Disapproval, Survey Says

December 19, 2004

Source: Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1409301,00.html

On December 19, 2004 the Times Online reported, "Europe's reputation as a tolerant haven for people of all religions may be under threat. Muslims are apparently being viewed with high levels of disapproval, a survey has revealed. Sweden emerges as the most pessimistic west European nation; 75% of Swedes questioned said there is 'definitely a lot' or 'rather a lot' of disapproval...

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Muslim Population Increasing in Prisons, Neglect of Prisoners Leads to Radicalization

December 19, 2004

Source: Houston Chroncile/The New York Times

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/world/2953300

On December 19, 2004 The New York Times reported, "In less than a decade, there has been a radical shift in France's prison population, a shift that officials and experts say poses a monumental challenge. Despite making up only 10 percent of the population, Muslims account for most of the country's inmates and a growing percentage of the prison populations in many...

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Update: Anti-Racism Group's Leaflets Response to BNP's Leaflefts Against Islam

December 19, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/4109355.stm

On December 19, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Around 50 anti-racism campaigners gathered in Swansea on Sunday to deliver leaflets opposing fascism.

Campaigners said it was in response to a leaflet drop by the British National Party (BNP) opposing plans for a new mosque to be built in the city.

The Muslim community want to open a new mosque in the former St Andrews United...

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Islamic-Christian Conference Says Egyptians Should Be Treated Equal Regardless of Religion

December 18, 2004

Source: Arabic News

http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/041218/2004121835.html

On December 18, 2004 Arabic News reported, "The Islamic-Christian conference wrapped up Friday in Ain Al Sukhna with a call of rejecting distinction between the Egyptian people on the basis of race or religion. The three-day conference concluded that the three monotheistic religions should be respected, stressing Islam's longstanding principle that there was no compulsion...

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Islamic Feminist Draws Criticism From Men and Women

December 18, 2004

Source: Houston Chronicle/Los Angeles Times

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/world/2953301

On December 18, 2004 Los Angeles Times reported, "Drawing fire from men and women, Hidayet Sefkatli Tuksal is at the forefront of Turkey's unique brand of Islamic feminism. Disillusionment over male professors and colleagues' misogyny prompted Tuksal, a fiercely devout Muslim scholar, to investigate what Islam really says about women. Her findings, she said, reveal...

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