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More Czechs Converting to Islam

March 12, 2004

Source: Radio Free Europe

http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/3/19FDEB45-4B52-4C03-B44D-51380E13CF1E.html

On March 12, 2004 Radio Free Europe reported, "The Czech Republic may be one of the most atheistic nations in Europe, but many Czechs are converting to Islam in their search for spirituality. Vladimir Sanka says he is one of several hundred new converts to Islam throughout the country and one of some 10,000 Muslims nationwide...

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Bush Ad Uses Image of Dark Skinned Man as "Terrorist"

March 12, 2004

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0403120263mar12,1,413850.story

On March 12, 2004 The Chicago Tribune reported, "One week after the Bush campaign was criticized for using images from the World Trade Center attacks in its ad campaign, one of the new ads drew controversy for using a dark-skinned young man as a backdrop to discuss the threat of terrorism. An Arab-American leader called on the Bush...

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Opinion: A "Secular Image" the Way to Overcome Religious Divides

March 12, 2004

Source: The Daily Star

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/opinion/12_03_04_e2.asp

On March 12, 2004 The Daily Star ran an opinion piece by Rabih Khoury, a journalism student at the Lebanese American University, in which he discusses the religious divisions in the country: "Lebanese stereotypes function almost entirely through religion. Now here is the reality of the situation: there are 18 official religions in Lebanon. If we retackle this issue, a second civil war is not that...

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Update: Chaplain Yee May Receive Honorable Discharge

March 12, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/12/politics/12BRFS5.html

On March 12, 2004 The New York Times reported, "The military is considering settling the case of Capt. James J. Yee by dropping all charges against him and allowing him to leave the Army with an honorable discharge, officials said. Captain Yee, who was the Muslim chaplain at the naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, had been suspected of espionage but was charged with transporting...

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After Sept. 11, Muslims Encounter New Problems in Building Mosques

March 11, 2004

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20040309/5987749s.htm

On March 11, 2004 USA Today reported, "Some Muslim groups seeking to build mosques to accommodate their growing numbers of followers are encountering vehement opposition in communities across the nation. In some cases, the conflicts are similar to those that for decades have pitted residents against expansion plans by large churches. Neighbors in communities from New Jersey to Arizona have...

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Secret Service: Islamic Extremists Finding Willing Recruits in the Netherlands

March 11, 2004

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0403110134mar11,1,6185614.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

On March 11, 2004 the Chicago Tribune reported, "Wars in Iraq and Chechnya, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and alienation of immigrants are helping Islamic extremists find willing recruits in the Netherlands, its secret service said Wednesday. In a report to parliament, the...

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In Chicago, Muslim Leader Honored for Her Bridge-Building Work

March 11, 2004

Source: The Pioneer Press

http://www.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-story/localnews/current/nb/03-11-04-245232.html

On March 11, 2004 The Pioneer Press reported, "Leaders of the Society of the Divine Word's Peace and Justice Commission were so impressed with the way Northbrook's Debra DePalma Youssef organized a diversity event at the Techny Towers last spring, they were inspired to create a special 'bridge building' award -- and give...

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Plans for Mosque Constructions Meet Resistance

March 11, 2004

Source: Radio Free Europe

http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/03/0c9d3257-6681-4cb0-88f0-bd1a98e13b63.html

On March 11, 2004 Radio Free Europe reported, "In Greece, plans to build the first mosque in the Athens area in nearly 200 years have sparked a row. In Slovenia, thousands signed a petition calling for a referendum on whether to build the country's first mosque. And residents in the Dutch city of Rotterdam have protested the...

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In Chicago, a Dispute Over a Mosque Becomes a Bridge of Dialogue

March 11, 2004

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0403110415mar11,1,7168430.story?coll=chi-news-hed

On March 11, 2004 The Chicago Tribune reported, "Years ago, Moraine Valley Community College counselor Sandra Broadbent was so unfamiliar with Islam that she advised a Muslim student to enroll in a gym class even though her religious beliefs about modesty prohibited her from wearing shorts in front of men....

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