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Utah Panel Examines Diversity in a Homogenous Society

February 25, 2004

Source: The Deseret Morning News

http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,590045643,00.html

On February 25, 2004 The Deseret Morning News reported, "On Tuesday night, local religious leaders came together at Utah Valley State College for a roundtable discussion, entitled 'Religious diversity in a homogenous culture.' The homogeneity, of course, is the result of a local community that is largely LDS. In Utah County alone 90 percent of the population is LDS. There is...

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Update: Muslim FBI Agent Reinstated

February 25, 2004

Source: MSNBC

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4374015/

On February 25, 2004 MSNBC reported, "Overturning the action of its senior disciplinary officer, the FBI has reinstated a high-profile Muslim agent who had been fired last year amid a swirl of controversy over allegations of conflicting loyalties in the war on terrorism. Gamal Abdel-Hafiz, an Egyptian-born agent who had played a crucial role in some of the bureau’s biggest terrorism cases, was recently notified that a three-member FBI...

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Congressmen Deplore Religious Persecution of Christians and Muslims by Hindu Extremists

February 25, 2004

Source: Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/003/18.26.html

On February 25, 2004 Christianity Today reported, "A fact-finding team of four U.S. congressmen has raised hopes among Indian Christian leaders fighting persecution. After a weeklong tour in January requested by Indian Christians, Joseph Pitts (R-Pa.) expressed shock at the persecution. We are touched by the suffering of the Christian and Muslim minorities at the hands of Hindu...

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Officials Denied Zoning Laws When Denying Islamic Center Variance

February 25, 2004

Source: The Philadelphia Enquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/8034281.htm

On February 25, 2004 The Philadelphia Enquirer reported, "Officials in Clementon violated New Jersey zoning laws when they rejected a bid by a group of immigrants to turn a derelict apartment house into a mosque in the tiny South Jersey borough, a judge has ruled. The Delaware Valley Islamic Center needed a use variance to turn the boarded-up triplex into a house of worship. A use variance allows...

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Headscarf Controversy Seen as Political

February 25, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3513259.stm

On February 25, 2004 the BBC News reported, "As France pushed ahead with its planned school headscarf ban, in Turkey the issue has been the subject of impassioned debate for more than 20 years. Turkey is often held up as a model of Islamic democracy. The separation of public secular identity from private religious practice is fiercely defended by the country's powerful military. It's a separation which many here...

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Muslim Imam Responds to "The Passion"

February 25, 2004

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/article.do?id=82623

On February 25, 2004 The Orange County Register reported that "four Orange County spiritual leaders got together Monday for an early look at 'The Passion,' and, at the Register's request, described what they saw and how the movie affected them.

Each of the four - a Christian evangelist, a Jewish rabbi, a Muslim imam and a Catholic priest - offered a personal...

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Muslim and Hindu Responses to th Passion

February 24, 2004

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/movies/nyc-reli0225,0,4635957.story

On February 24, 2004 Newsday reported on the reactions by Hindus, Muslims, Jews, and Christians to Mel Gibson's "The Passion." Rajeesh Persaud, a Hindu who is seven years out of his native Guyana,notes in the article that "nobody should speak against another's religion. I would hope Mr. Mel Gibson would not make people become intolerant."Hassan Numan, a...

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Muslims Campaign for Arab- American Congressional Candidate in CA

February 24, 2004

Source: Pakistan Link

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=791b4a9b5989e24451457861ad6d0c29

On February 24, 2004 Pakistan Link reported that a dinner event in Newark recognized Eid while fundraising for Muslim-American Maad Abu Ghazalah who is running for U.S. Congress from District 12 (San Mateo/San Francisco) against incumbent Tom Lantos. "The Feb. 1 program started with a recitation from the Holy Qur...

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Mosque Fire in Houston May be Arson

February 24, 2004

Source: Houston 2 News

http://www.click2houston.com/news/2869318/detail.html

On February 24, 2004 Houston 2 News reported that "federal investigators are looking into a possible case of arson after fire erupted Monday night at a southeast Houston house used for Muslim prayer meetings.

However, the home was not a total loss thanks to quick-acting neighbors, News2Houston reported. A father and son grabbed a garden hose and put out the fire after they smelled...

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Baptists Hold Mission Conference on Islam

February 24, 2004

Source: Baptist Press News

http://www.sbcbaptistpress.org/bpnews.asp?ID=17717

On February 24, 2004 Baptist Press News reported that "a better understanding of Islam was the agenda at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary’s annual mission conference Feb. 13-15. Hosted by The David and Faith Kim School of Intercultural Studies, the conference drew approximately 250 college students from across the West to the seminary’s northern California campus in Mill...

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Update: For Chaplain Yee, Few Facts and Increasing Delays

February 23, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0223/p09s02-cogn.html

On February 23, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Last week, for the fifth time in three months, Captain James Yee's military court preliminary hearing was postponed to give the Army more time to review classified documents it alleges Yee took from Guantanamo Bay. Last year, Yee spent 76 days in prison while military prosecutors tried to build a much-publicized...

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Update: Religious Coverings Will be Allowed in Alabama License Photos

February 23, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_582341,0005.htm

On February 23, 2004 Hindustan Times reported, "The Sikhs and the Muslims have won their battle over a US state order against the wearing of turbans and head scarves while being photographed for driving licences. Following a vigorous campaign by the two communities -- and a threat to file a class action lawsuit -- the Alabama state has changed its controversial rule on headgears and head...

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Middle School Students Encounter Islam

February 23, 2004

Source: The Record- Journal

http://www.record-journal.com/articles/2004/02/19/news/news01.txt

On February 23, 2004 The Record- Journal reported, "Wearing a satin New York Yankees jacket and a white kufi, the traditional hat worn by Muslims at prayer, Sheik Mohammed Ahmed explained Islam's standards for prayer to his classmates during a field trip to New Haven Wednesday. Ahmed and 10 other Muslim students from Washington Middle School, members of the...

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Anglican Church Promotes Dialogue and Peace in Reconstruction Process

February 23, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0223/p01s04-woiq.html

On February 23, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor ran an article on the efforts of the Anglican Church to mediate the peace process in Iraq: "The Rev. Canon Andrew White nods thoughtfully as he reads a statement by one of the sheikhs criticizing the 'embarrassing failure' of the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and accusing the US-appointed Governing Council of being...

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