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Debate Over Education Reform Bill Highlights Role of Religion in Public Square

May 17, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://search.csmonitor.com/search_content/0517/p10s01-woeu.html

On May 17, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "A recently passed higher education reform bill has thrust Turkey into a raging political debate, once again highlighting the secular country's continuing struggle with defining the role of religion in the public sphere. The bill deals in large part with reorganizing the board that oversees Turkey's...

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Three Buddhist Temples Attacked With Explosives

May 16, 2004

Source: Reuters

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L16634800.htm

On May 16, 2004 Reuters reported, "Bomb blasts rocked three Buddhist temples in Thailand's troubled Muslim south on Sunday, wounding at least one person in the latest violence to hit the restive region, police said. The temples, located in three separate districts of Narathiwat province, were hit by bombs within minutes of each other. One temple suffered damage to its roof and pillars. 'Three...

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Update: Controversy Over the Headscarf Nears Resolution in OK

May 14, 2004

Source: News OK

http://www.newsok.com/cgi-bin/show_article?ID=1238720

On May 14, 2004 News OK reported, "A settlement on a lawsuit involving a Muslim girl suspended twice for wearing a head scarf awaits approval of the Muskogee School Board, court records reflected Thursday.

Nashala Hearn, an 11-year-old sixth-grader at Ben Franklin Science Academy, was suspended twice in October for wearing the religious scarf, or hijab, to school.

The...

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Vatican Discourages Catholics from Marrying Muslims

May 14, 2004

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/religion/2570572

On May 14, 2004 The Houston Chronicle ran an article from The New York Times that reported, "In an official church document released Friday, Vatican officials discouraged marriage between Roman Catholics and Muslims -- especially Catholic women and Muslims. When 'a Catholic woman and a Muslim wish to marry,' the document says, 'bitter experience teaches us that a...

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CAIR Launches "Not in the Name of Islam" Campaign

May 14, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A25782-2004May13.html

On May 14, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "A national Muslim advocacy group announced yesterday that it is asking Muslims around the world to sign an online petition condemning terrorism as 'un-Islamic' and a betrayal of their faith. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations said that its petition, titled 'Not in the Name of Islam,' is "...

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Muslim Chaplain Says He Will Quit if Crosses are Removed from Classrooms

May 14, 2004

Source: The National Catholic Reporter

http://ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2004b/051404/051404n.php

On May 14, 2004 The National Catholic Reporter reported, "Georgetown University’s Muslim chaplain has said that if the university were to ever remove crucifixes from its classrooms, as some students and even faculty have proposed, he would resign. 'I will not continue to be at Georgetown if that cross is removed,'said Imam Yahya Hendi in Rome...

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Surge in Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Follows News Of Beheading in Iraq

May 14, 2004

Source: Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-fvandals14may14,0,4128001.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines

On May 14, 2004 Sun-Sentinel reported, "Three South Florida Islamic institutions have reported vandalism and threats in recent days as Muslims nationwide are experiencing a backlash to recent events in Iraq. In the two days after the public revelation of Nicholas Berg's...

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PM Says Government Will Shut Down Radical Islamic Websites

May 14, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3714277.stm

On May 14, 2004 the BBC News reported, 'The Malaysian Prime Minister says his government will act to shut down radical Islamic websites hosted by internet businesses in his country. His announcement follows the closure of the site that first showed video of American contractor Nick Berg being beheaded in Iraq. The site leased computer server space from a Malaysian web hosting company, Acme Commerce....

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Starting an Islamic School in Boston

May 13, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/134/northwest/In_the_tradition_of_Islam+.shtml

On May 13, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "The Malik Academy -- named after a cleric who established a major school of Islamic jurisprudence -- is intended for children from preschool to Grade 6. Though hopes are fading for a September opening, the story of how these three Muslim mothers forged the idea to start a school near Boston,...

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Muslim Vote "Played Decisive Role" in Defeat of BJP

May 13, 2004

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-05/13/article06.shtml

On May 13, 2004 IslamOnline.net reported, "Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee resigned Thursday, May 13, following a stunning defeat of his Hindu nationalist-led coalition government in the elections. An Indian analyst told IslamOnline.net that Muslims - estimated at 140 million and making up 13 per cent of India's one billion people population - have...

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Muslims, Sikhs, and Law Enforcement Officials Build Bridges in Utah

May 13, 2004

Source: The Deseret News Publishing Company

http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,595062821,00.html

On May 13, 2004 The Deseret News Publishing Company reported, " J.B. Singh's pet peeve is being associated with Osama bin Laden because of his beard and turban. Apart from the fact he's not a terrorist, Singh is also a Sikh, not a Muslim. Muslim Suzanne Montgomery says she's sometimes treated like she's unintelligent, just because she chooses to dress in traditional...

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Scholars in Al-Azhar Condemn Beheading of American Civilian

May 12, 2004

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-05/12/article08.shtml

On May 12, 2004 IslamOnline.net reported, "Several scholars from Al-Azhar, the world's highest Sunni religious authority, condemned the decapitation of an American civilian by unknown people in Iraq, saying Islam stands against such acts. 'Islam respects the human being, dead or alive, and cutting off the American's head was an act of mutilation forbidden by...

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Muslims Protest After Killings of Muslims by Predominantly Christian Group

May 11, 2004

Source: CNN.com

http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/africa/05/11/nigeria.religion.ap/index.html

On May 11, 2004 CNN.com posted an Associated Press article that reported, "Thousands of Muslim demonstrators marched and some burned U.S. and Israeli flags Tuesday to protest the killings of hundreds of Muslims by gunmen from a predominantly Christian group last week. Businesses closed and school children hurried home in the heavily Muslim northern city...

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