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Government Eases Restrictions on Religious Freedom; Minority Religions Still Uneasy

July 23, 2004

Source: The Journal Gazette

Wire Service: AP

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/9225588.htm

On July 23, 2004 the Associated Press reported, " Pastor Pavel Fedotov was in church leading services when the bulldozers and wrecking balls showed up. Over the next week, they razed his house of worship as part of the authoritarian Turkmen government's crackdown on minority religions. That was November 1999. Now, Fedotov's small group...

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Religious Hate Message Halts Train Going From NJ to Boston and NY

July 23, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/23/nyregion/23train.html

On July 23, 2004 The New York Times reported, "For 90 minutes on Thursday morning, passengers aboard an Amtrak train headed to New York and Boston were questioned and videotaped as the seven cars were searched after a note containing Muslim and anti-Semitic phrases was found in a bathroom. No arrests were made at Pennsylvania Station in Newark, where the train was stopped just before...

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Newly Rebuilt Bridge Seen as Unifying Symbol in Ethnic-Religious Conflict

July 23, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2004/07/23/old_bridge_seen_as_new_symbol_of_ethnic_tolerance/

On July 23, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "When Nedzad Kasumovic filmed Croatian tank shells pounding into Mostar's Old Bridge until its 400-year-old white marble stones plunged deep into the Neretva River's emerald waters a decade ago, he did so through tear-filled eyes. And...

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Muslim Cultural Festival to Showcase Diversity in UT

July 23, 2004

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/features/ci_2380693

On July 23, 2004 The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "The 2004 Salt Lake American Muslim Cultural Festival is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on July 31 at the Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St., Salt Lake City. This year's festival, to be inaugurated by Utah State Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, celebrates the American ideals of diversity, inclusion, and tolerance by presenting a diverse set of talented...

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Daughters of Hajar Challenge Islam

July 22, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/22/national/22muslim.html

On July 22, 2004 The New York Times reported that, "Mrs. [Nasreen] Aboobaker prays only at home, shunning the segregated mosque. But she is not the only Muslim woman who is beginning to bridle at the men's club culture of many American mosques. Gradually and with mixed success, a small number of Muslim women are challenging the lack of inclusion of women in worship and communal life...

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Daughters of Hajar Challenge Islam

July 22, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/22/national/22asra.html

On July 22, 2004 The New York Times reported, "On a sultry night in July, Asra Q. Nomani was summoned to the large brick mosque near the university here for the start of a hastily planned inquisition... The meeting was called because 35 mosque members had signed a petition demanding that Ms. Nomani be expelled... The petition capped nine months in which Ms. Nomani had unsettled Muslims...

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Anti-Arab Discord Divides City in MI

July 22, 2004

Source: The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040722-014826-8551r.htm

On July 22, 2004 The Washington Times reported, "The suburban Detroit city of Dearborn Heights is struggling to suppress anti-Arabic sentiment in a community split geographically. The city's dividing line is an east-west route called Ford Road, south of which a steadily growing number of Arabic families live, the Detroit News said Thursday. In the suburb, the...

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High School Teacher Charged with Anti-Muslim Bias Over Head Scarf in New Orleans

July 22, 2004

Source: The Times-Picayune

http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/frontpage/index.ssf?/base/news-1/10904866642540

On July 22, 2004 The Times-Picayune reported that, "The Jefferson Parish school system has fired a West Jefferson High School teacher accused of using religious slurs against a Muslim student and pulling off her head scarf, a school system source said this week.

Superintendent Diane Roussel would not confirm that teacher Wes Mix...

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Muslim Apologist Becomes Victim of Hate Crime in FL

July 22, 2004

Source: AP

http://www.local6.com/news/3565167/detail.html

On July 22, 2004 AP reported, "After appearing on Fox News and local television in Orlando and urging Americans not to blame Muslims for the beheading of American businessman Nicholas Berg by Al-Qaida-linked militants in Iraq in May, [Areej] Zufari became a victim of the hate she had tried to discourage... Two men confronted her inside a gas station's convenience store in Orlando, spewing out a string of vulgarities...

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Jewish-Muslim Planning Group Focuses on Interfaith Awareness in OR

July 22, 2004

Source: Oregonian

http://www.oregonlive.com/suburban/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/metro_southwest_news/1090497434207680.xml

On July 22, 2004 Oregonian reported, "A Muslim-Jewish planning group works to build understanding. Planners hope a September arts program will help members of both faiths learn about each other... Formed in December 2003, the group's goal is simple: to build understanding between Jewish and Muslim...

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Arab Americans Rally Against Anti-Islamism

July 21, 2004

Source: SNITCH Louisville

http://louisville.snitch.com/2004/07/21/muslim

On July 21, 2004 the SNITCH Louisville reported that throughout the country Arab-Americans are mobilizing with local civil authorities in order to counter the Anti-Islam stigmatism that has continued to attack their community. "During 2003-04, Boston’s Northeastern University studied police relationships with Muslim, Sikh and Arab-American communities in Michigan, Southern California and Boston....

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Dutch PM Urges Europe Not to Allow Fear of Islam to Influence Consideration of Turkey for EU

July 21, 2004

Source: Turks.US

http://www.turks.us/article.php?story=20040721115433543

On July 21, 2004 Turks.US reported, "Peoples of all faiths can live together, said the Dutch Prime Minister, warning against invoving religion when assessing Turkey’s EU bid. Europe should not allow the fact that Turkey is a predominantly Muslim country to affect its decision on whether to grant Turkey a date to commence accession negotiations, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands said...

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