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Interfaith Conference Examines "Religion, Peace and the Olympic Ideal"

August 11, 2004

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ChJew_31/4547_31.htm

On August 11, 2004 the Anti-Defamation League issued a press release that reported, "The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) participated in a gathering of religious and interfaith leaders from around the world in Athens in the run up to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. The Interreligious Conference in Athens, August 10 – 11, 2004, was hosted by the Greek Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in...

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Anti-Kerry Author Apologizes for Frequent Disparaging Remarks About Muslims and Catholics

August 10, 2004

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/08/10/politics1722EDT0695.DTL

On August 10, 2004 the Associated Press reported that, "one of the authors of a new anti-John Kerry book frequently posted comments on a conservative Web site describing Muslims and Catholics as pedophiles and Pope John Paul II as senile. But as he...

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Christian Groups to Charge Government With Discrimination Against Church-Building

August 10, 2004

Source: The Age/AAP

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/08/10/1092102444233.html?oneclick=true

On August 10, 2004 Australian Associated Press reported, "Christian groups in mainly-Muslim Indonesia are planning legal action over laws barring them from building new churches. They plan to lodge a class action against Indonesia's government, accusing it of discrimination by continuing to enforce a decades-old decree governing construction of new...

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Concerns Continue Over Oppression of Women in Islamic Law Courts

August 10, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0810/p01s03-woam.html

On August 10, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Muslims [in Ontario], supported by a 1991 provincial law, have been using sharia to mediate legal disputes, such as divorce and child custody. But in the spring, after a Muslim group proposed creating a formalized tribunal, what had been going on quietly for more than a decade became front-page fodder and led to a...

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Arrest of Pretoria Men Raises Questions About Presence of Islamic Extremism

August 9, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/09/international/africa/09joburg.html

On August 9, 2004 The New York Times reported, "A string of international arrests of South African citizens, followed by sensational reports in the last week of terrorist plots against tourism and financial sites, is raising new questions about the depth of Islamic extremism in a country known for its racial and religious tolerance. South Africans were jolted...

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Muslim Boy Scouts in York, S.C.

August 9, 2004

Source: The Herald (S.C.)

http://www.heraldonline.com/local/story/3736448p-3340215c.html

On August 9, 2004 The Herald (S.C.) reported, "under an American flag, after a plaintive rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, almost 300 scouts received khaki scout hats and merit badge armbands Sunday. The best scout camp softball team mugged for photos. The best camp cook took a good-natured ribbing. The York County Sheriff and the head of South Carolina's FBI office...

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Controversy over the Headscarf (2004)

The French Ban

In December 2003, French President Jacques Chirac announced that Muslim headscarves, Jewish skullcaps, and large crosses were to be banned in French public schools, arguing that he intended to uphold the principle of secularism, which is the “pillar of the French Constitution.” Though the decree was directed towards Muslim, Jewish, and Christian religious articles, critics argued that it specifically targeted France’s growing Muslim immigrant community. Chirac’s announcement set off an international controversy...

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Editorial: Islam Needs Louder Voices Advocating Peace

August 9, 2004

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/col/story/219898p-189096c.html

On August 9, 2004 the New York Daily News printed an editorial that reported, "the two men arrested in Albany for allegedly taking part in a terrorist plot were men of God. So friends and neighbors have been telling reporters. Mohammed Mosharref Hossain was a pillar of the local congregation. Yassin Muhiddin Aref was a prayer leader. They called their mosque the House...

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"Uniquely Singapore" Branding Campaign Includes Attention to Religious Diversity

August 9, 2004

Source: TODAY online

http://www.todayonline.com/articles/23727.asp

On August 9, 2004 TODAY online reported, "The essence, or 'soul,' of Singapore has had several re-incarnations in the last decade but arguably none on as high a plane of existence as its current avatar. The 'Uniquely Singapore' branding campaign came to life only in March — but its presence is being felt practically everywhere. From the Singapore Zoo and the Post Office to food outlets, shops and even drug...

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Charges of Systemic Racism Increase as Italians Struggle With New Diversity

August 9, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0809/p06s01-woeu.html?s=hns

On August 9, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Italy is fighting allegations of institutional racism by the editor of a major French newspaper. In a letter published last week in the left-leaning Italian daily La Repubblica, Le Monde's Jean-Marie Colombani accused Italian border police at Venice's Marco Polo airport of 'harassing' his 20-year-old adopted son...

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Muslims Critical of Authorities' "Indiscriminate Use" of Anti-Terror Legislation

August 8, 2004

Source: The Observer

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/focus/story/0,6903,1278602,00.html

On August 8, 2004 The Observer reported, "With the country on high alert, the arrests of...two men, along with 11 others in raids across the country last week, seemed to suggest that the authorities were indeed gaining an upper hand on the security threat to the country. But among some British Muslims, particularly young men, these arrests are merely another example of...

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Profile of a Muslim Informant

August 8, 2004

Source: Times Union

http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=273922

On August 8, 2004 Times Union reported that, "This week, following the arrest of the spiritual leader and a member of a Central Avenue mosque on charges related to aiding terrorism, [Shahed] Hussain's undercover work ended with a flourish of national attention. Court papers identify Hussain only as a confidential informant, and the FBI initially asked the Times Union not to...

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Documentary on Hindu-Muslim Riots Banned from Public Showings

August 8, 2004

Source: Taipei Times

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2004/08/08/2003197908

On August 8, 2004 the Taipei Times reported, "Indian censors have banned an award-winning documentary that chronicles one of the country's most painful and deadly episodes of Hindu-Muslim violence. 'Final Solution' is scheduled for release in 40 art house cinemas in Germany next month, where it won an award at this year's Berlin Film Festival. But in India, the...

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Jewish Groups Predict Record High Levels of Anti-Semitic Attacks

August 8, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1278580,00.html

On August 8, 2004 The Guardian reported, "Anti-Semitic attacks in Britain will reach record levels this year, say Jewish groups which accuse the government of inaction. The predicted sharp rise, from 375 last year, appears to be reflected across many European Union countries. Zvi Heifetz, Israel's new ambassador to London, warned last week that combating anti-...

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Orland Mosque Now Pushes Forward With Little Opposition

August 8, 2004

Source: The South Town Daily

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/dsnews/081nd3.htm

On August 8, 2004 The South Town Daily reported, "six weeks after Orland Park trustees voted to approve the village's first mosque over rancorous protests, the project is quietly moving forward. Mosque backers have already hit up local donors, including some non-Muslims sympathetic to their cause, for a 'significant chunk' of the $3.5 million it will take to build the house of...

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