Islam

Two Mosques Damaged in Suspected Arson Attacks

March 7, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3539311.stm

On March 7, 2004 the BBC News reported, "About 250 people have held a protest rally in the south-eastern French town of Annecy after two local mosques were damaged in suspected arson attacks. One fire ravaged a mosque in the Alpine town itself while the other burned a prayer room in nearby Seynod. French President Jacques Chirac condemned the 'odious acts'. In Paris, the issue of the Islamic veil in schools...

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Mosque Vandalized in Lubbock, TX

March 7, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2437943

On March 7, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "The spiritual leader of a Lubbock mosque discovered anti-Muslim graffiti, broken computers and broken windows when he arrived at the mosque for morning prayers today.

Police said the graffiti and vandalism of the Islamic Center of the South Plains took place sometime between 10 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday....

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Younger Generation of Muslims Turning Their Backs on Britian

March 7, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3539535.stm

On March 7, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Navid Akhtar is a practising Muslim deeply concerned about a growing trend among his contemporaries toward a separatist ideology that turns its back on Britain. He wrote this personal account for Sunday's Five Live Report: 'Young Muslims are opting out. They've renounced the Islam of their immigrant parents and feel disillusioned with a society that they perceive as...

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Rift Between Muslims and Non-Muslims Widens

March 7, 2004

Source: Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.muslims07mar07,0,3804862.story?coll=bal-news-nation

On March 7, 2004 the Baltimore Sun reported, "As one way to protect itself against religious extremism, the French government is clamping down on religious symbolism. This month the French parliament approved a ban on head scarves in public schools; its passage into law is expected this spring....

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Bill to End Racial Profiling in Congress

March 5, 2004

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/ERPA2004

On March 5, 2004 Sikhnet reported, "On February 26th, the End Racial Profiling Act of 2004 (ERPA) was introduced in the US Congress. The legislation, launched with bipartisan support in the House (H.R. 3847) and the Senate (S. 2132), would curb profiling by law enforcement officials on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity or national origin... The practice of racial profiling occurs when law enforcement relies on race, ethnicity,...

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Arab Voters Campaign to Unseat Bush

March 5, 2004

Source: The Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/stories/484/4645885.html

On March 5, 2004 The Star Tribune reported that "in states such as Michigan with a large Islamic population, [Arab-Americans] are hoping to exert a significant influence on the 2004 presidential race. Most are motivated by their desire to oust President Bush, whom they have turned against with a vengeance since 9/11... Bush, who narrowly lost Michigan in 2000, has made the state one of his...

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In Chicago, Muslim-Catholic Dialogue Day Stresses a Common Humanity

March 5, 2004

Source: Muslim American Society

http://www.masnet.org/views.asp?id=1018

On March 5, 2004 the Muslim American Society reported that speakers and attendees at the February 24 Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Day event "stressed that Catholic and Muslim communities can only establish meaningful bonds when each community rids itself of the us vs. them mentality, and learns to recognize that both Catholics and Muslims have similar concerns, from upholding their traditional values to figuring...

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In a New Book, a Muslim Reflects on Sept.11

March 5, 2004

Source: Primezone Media Network

http://www.primezone.com/pages/news_releases.mhtml?d=53755

On March 5, 2004 Primezone Media Network reported, "In his new book, Healing the Wounds of Sept. 11, 2001 (Reflections of an American Muslim) (now available through 1stBooks), Shahid Athar, M.D., a leader in interfaith understanding, presents a collection of writings, letters and speeches about the tragedy and its aftermath from the viewpoint of Muslims against terrorism...

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Editorial: Religious Freedom Must be Upheld in Zoning Case

March 5, 2004

Source: The Montreal Gazette

http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/editorials/story.asp?id=5A595B9E-E967-49C0-AE0B-0DA2BCD37409

On March 5, 2004 The Montreal Gazette ran an editorial in response to a borough council considering whether "an Islamic centre continue to operate in a building that has been used for religious purposes since it was built 15 years ago." The editorial board wrote, " At the request...

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El Paso's Muslim Population Involved in the City's Community

March 5, 2004

Source: El Paso Times

http://www.borderlandnews.com/stories/living/20040305-89425.shtml

On March 5, 2004 the El Paso Times reported, "While the numbers aren't large -- about 3,000 -- Muslims are very much involved in the El Paso-Las Cruces area. They are part of the community in every way, including being PTA members and teaching gymnastics...While most Muslims go on with their daily lives, things have changed since Sept. 11, said Yaser Issa, an imam at...

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Harvard Divinity School Hosts 5th Annual "Islam in America" Conference

March 4, 2004

Source: Harvard Divinity School's News and Events website

http://www.hds.harvard.edu/news/article_archive/islam_america-04.html

On March 4, 2004 Harvard Divinity School's News and Events website reported, "The United States' general response to the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001, and its invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq have left many Muslims feeling besieged. In the United States, they protest that the Patriot Act and other regulations target them...

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