Islam

MPAC Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Madrid

March 11, 2004

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

On March 11, 2004 the Muslim Public Affairs Council issued a press release condemning the bombings in Madrid. The relesase read, "The carnage in Spain represents one of the most heinous crimes committed against the people of Spain and the civilized world as a whole. As we express the strongest condemnations of such an act, and of the criminals who committed it, we pray to God to comfort the families and to guide the authorities in Spain to bring the criminals to justice. We call on all decent human beings not to lose...

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Missouri House Votes to Allow Headscarves in the Schools

March 10, 2004

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/8154958.htm?1c

On March 10, 2004 The Kansas City Star reported, "Trying to ensure that controversy in France would not also come to Missouri, the state House voted Wednesday to protect a student's right to wear religious symbols at school. School workers could not direct students to remove a religious symbol as long as the symbol 'is worn in a manner that does not promote...

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Democrats Court the Pakistani Vote

March 10, 2004

Source: Sada-e-Pakistan NY

http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=1309

On March 10, 2004 Sada-e-Pakistan NY reported, "On Feb. 27, speaking before a crowd of more than 400 Pakistani community members, three prominent U.S. Senators said that the only way to counter the Bush Administration’s policies of ethnic and racial profiling was to send President Bush back home to Texas. It was the first time in the history of Pakistani community in New York City...

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Columnist Ann Coulter Makes Islamophobic Remarks

March 10, 2004

Source: U.S. Newswire

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=139-03102004

On March 10, 2004 U.S. Newswire reported, "A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on major media outlets to end their association with a controversial conservative pundit who recently suggested that Muslims 'smell bad.' The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said syndicated columnist Ann Coulter, who frequently...

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Muslim Runs for State House in Georgia

March 10, 2004

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/gwinnett/0304/11muslim.html

On March 10, 2004 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported, "Jamil Imran believes Gwinnett County is ready for him. A Bangladesh-born Muslim, Imran is campaigning for state House District 69, which runs along I-85 to Ga. 316. If he wins, he would be the sole Muslim in the state Legislature, and the only representative from the Indian...

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Non-Traditional Head Coverings Provide Alternative for Muslim Women

March 9, 2004

Source: Deutsche Welle

http://www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,1441_A_1135389_1_A,00.html

On March 9, 2004 Deutsche Welle reported, "Even as the headscarf row simmers in Germany, a Berlin Muslim has designed colorful alternative headgear that serves the purpose of a traditional hijab but looks like anything but...The search for the neutral, non-radical Islamic headscarf has resulted in a series of nine innovative headscarf models in varying colors and...

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Openness of Mosque Community Quells Fears of Extremism

March 9, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3544237.stm

On March 9, 2004 the BBC News reported, "When the Muslim community in the southern Spanish city of Granada built a new mosque this summer - the city's first for 500 years - it was to considerable local opposition. During eight centuries of Moorish rule, Granada had enjoyed a reputation for religious tolerance...[but] in the post-11 September world, people said, they feared the mosque could become a focus for...

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Update: Morton Grove Eases Zoning Restrictions for Muslim Assembly

March 9, 2004

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/northwest/chi-0403090298mar09,1,1156685.story?coll=chi-newslocalnorthwest-hed

On March 9, 2004 The Chicago Tribune reported, "Addressing some of the legal issues in a dispute over Muslim prayer services being held in a residential neighborhood, Morton Grove trustees voted Monday night to ease zoning requirements for public assembly. The...

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At a Texas Mosque, a Broken Fence Becomes a Memorial

March 8, 2004

Source: KCBD News

http://www.kcbd.com/Global/story.asp?S=1697160

On March 8, 2004 KCBD News reported, "'The guys came in here and bent the fence,' said Cherif Amor, a member of the Islamic Center of the South Plains, retracing a night of violence. 'The concrete blocks are here,' he said, standing outside a broken window. On Sunday morning vandals defiled his house of worship. Monday afternoon the faithful were framed with shards of glass. The mosque is surrounded by a...

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Three Virginia Muslims Convicted of Conspiring to Support Terrorism

March 8, 2004

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2004-03-04-paintball-terror_x.htm

On March 8, 2004 USA Today reported, "Three American Muslims accused of training for holy war against the United States by waging paintball battles in the Virginia woods were convicted Thursday of conspiring to support terrorism. Prosecutors said the three were part of a 'Virginia jihad network' that used paintball games in 2000 and 2001 to train for holy war...

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Senator Calls for Dialogue and Reconciliation Amongst Religions

March 8, 2004

Source: Western Catholic Reporter

http://www.wcr.ab.ca/news/2004/0308/roche030804.shtml

On March 8, 2004 the Western Catholic Reporter ran an excerpt from a talk by Senator Douglas Roche to the Canadian Egyptian Society of Edmonton and the Canadian Arab Professional and Business Club on Feb. 7, in which he said, "My message to you tonight is that all of us - Muslim, Christian, Jew and beyond - must reach out in dialogue and reconciliation in these new and dangerous...

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Radical Muslim Leader Tied to Roxbury Mosque

March 8, 2004

Source: The Boston Herald

http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=2500

On March 8, 2004 The Boston Herald reported in the second of a two part series, that "one of the Muslim leaders behind the new mosque planned for Roxbury has written a series of anti-Jewish articles in Arabic, including one in which he condemns Jews as the people who 'killed prophets.' Dr. Walid Ahmad Fitaihi, a longtime director of the Islamic Society of Boston...

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FBI to Investigate Mosque Vandalism in TX

March 8, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.nj.com/newsflash/national/index.ssf?/cgi-free/getstory_ssf.cgi?a0459_BC_BRF--MosqueVandalism

On March 8, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "The FBI and police are investigating anti-Muslim graffiti and broken furniture at a mosque that Muslim leaders say was a hate crime.

Imam Mohamed El-Moctar said his office at the Islamic Center of the South Plains was ransacked...

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