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Human Rights Watch: French Law Violates Religious Freedom, Discriminatory Toward Muslims

February 27, 2004

Source: Human Rights Watch

http://hrw.org/english/docs/2004/02/26/france7666.htm

On February 27, 2004 Human Rights Watch issued a press release that stated, "The proposed French law banning Islamic headscarves and other visible religious symbols in state schools would violate the rights to freedom of religion and expression, Human Rights Watch said today. The law, which forbids 'signs and dress that conspicuously show the religious affiliation of students,' will be debated...

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Montana's Muslims Reach Out

February 27, 2004

Source: The Missoulian

http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2004/02/23/news/local/news05.txt

On February 27, 2004 The Missoulian reported, "Muslim cultural understanding will be the focus of an upcoming event sponsored by the University of Montana. During the week of March 8 -14, UM's Muslim Student Association and the Office of International Programs will host a weeklong program called 'Expanding Horizons.' Events will include educational programs and...

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Michigan Mosque to Meet the Needs of a Changing Muslim Community

February 27, 2004

Source: The Grand Rapids Press

http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-13/1077897492160620.xml

On February 27, 2004 The Grand Rapids Press reported that "Muslim leaders today were to buy three acres on the west side of East Paris Avenue, south of 32nd Street SE in Kentwood. They are raising money for a $750,000 mosque that would be the first of its kind in the region... The site sits outside Grand Rapids, about one mile south of...

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Growing Religious Diversity in South Carolina: Implications for the Palmetto State (2003)

Abstract

This paper documents the growth of religious diversity in South Carolina, drawing on interviews with members from the traditions represented, previous scholarly research on religion in South Carolina, newspaper articles, census data and interviews with religion reporters and educators across the state. After presenting basic outlines and historical sketchs of each faith in South Carolina, the paper goes on to explore the implications of this growing diversity for a Southern "Bible Belt" state like South Carolina, highlighting controversies over...

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Nation of Islam Members Prepare to Hear Farrakhan's Address

February 26, 2004

Source: Final Call News

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_1310.shtml

On February 26, 2004 Final Call News reported, "All across America, the Black community is anxiously awaiting the arrival of Saviours’ Day, the crowning event of Black History Month. From coast to coast, in small cities and large, urban and rural, Black people are preparing to hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s message delivered from Chicago via satellite....

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Muslim Foundation Teaches Activism

February 26, 2004

Source: Muslim American Society

http://www.masnet.org/pressroom_release.asp?id=996

On February 26, 2004 the Muslim American Society reported that "'Stressing “Faith over Fear and Justice for All,' the Muslim American Society (MAS)’s Freedom Foundation provided a weekend of intense activist training for Muslims in Houston, Texas and Tampa, Florida.    The Activist Training Seminar is MAS Freedom’s signature program. The session is a series of daylong...

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In Ohio, Middle School Trip to Mosque Canceled After Parents Complain

February 26, 2004

Source: The Middletown Journal

http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/newsfd/auto/feed/news/2004/02/26/1

On February 26, 2004 The Middletown Journal reported, "An Edgewood teacher canceled a class field trip to the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati after hearing a barrage of complaints from concerned parents. Three seventh-grade social studies classes were scheduled to visit the West Chester mosque Wednesday. The visit was to be part of the...

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Forty-Eight Dead in Outbreak of Religious Violence

February 26, 2004

Source: News 24

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/News/0,,2-11-1447_1489639,00.html

On February 26, 2004 News 24 reported, " Suspected Muslim militants armed with guns and bows and arrows killed at least 48 people in an attack on a farming village in central Nigeria. Most of the victims died as they sought refuge in a church, police said. The latest bout of Muslim-Christian violence in the region occurred on Tuesday night in Yelwa, a mainly Christian...

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Muslim Teen Reaches Out to California Youth

February 26, 2004

Source: Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/8045081.htm

On February 26, 2004 Mercury News reported, "Stephanie Ramirez, 16, with spiked hair, thick eyeliner and numerous body piercings, knows what people think when they pass her on the street: 'Trouble.' Naiema Din, 16, a Muslim who is makeup-free and wears a hijab along with her jean jacket and flip-flops, knows what people think when they see her: 'Oppressed.' Today,...

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Editorial: Gibson's Film Won't Change Accomplishments of Religious Pluralism

February 26, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7201-2004Feb25.html

On February 26, 2004 The Washington Post published an editorial on Mel Gibson's "The Passion of Christ," noting that the film's "overall impression is neither subtle nor complicated: The Jews conned unwilling Roman authorities into killing Jesus.

With this unfortunate portrayal, Mr. Gibson sweeps away decades of serious efforts by Christian leaders...

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Turkmenistan President Announces Ban on Long Hair and Beards

February 25, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3486776.stm

On February 25, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Turkmenistan President Saparmurat Niyazov has passed a decree forbidding young men in the country to wear long hair or beards. The president said the Education Ministry should be in charge of checking people's hair as the issue was most pressing among the young...President Niyazov appeared on television saying that men can no longer grow their hair and that...

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