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Muslims in Rhode Island React to Security Proposals

February 19, 2004

Source: The Providence Journal

http://www.projo.com/news/content/projo_20040219_church19.23d799.html

On February 19, 2004 The Providence Journal published an article in response to proposed legislation by Governor Carcieri that many experts believe would limit freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendent. The article notes, "Freedom of religion -- one of the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment -- is a valuable right for all Americans but...

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NY Interfaith Concert Celebrates a Diversity of Voices

February 19, 2004

Source: The Poughkeepsie Journal

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/thursday/lifeentertainment/stories/li021904s2.shtml

On February 19, 2004 The Poughkeepsie Journal reported, "Last year, at the first Salaam-Shalom: Family Culture Fest, members of Vassar Temple and Masjiid al-Noor celebrated and shared their cultural and religious heritage through music, dance, food, storytelling, henna art and face painting. This year, on Saturday...

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Update: Morton Grove Files Complaint Against Islamic Center

February 19, 2004

Source: The Pioneer Press

http://www.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-story/localnews/current/mg/02-19-04-227258.html

On February 19, 2004 The Pioneer Press reported that "A neighborhood group is charging a 'conspiracy' exists between the village and Muslim Community Center that has allowed the school to continue to hold public religious services without a special use permit. The amended complaint filed Feb. 12 in U.S. District Court on...

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Muslim Leader Calls for Jihad Against Israel

February 19, 2004

Source: The Age

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/18/1077072711147.html?from=storyrhs

On February 19, 2004 The Age reported, "Australia's most senior Muslim called for a jihad against Israel in a sermon while visiting Lebanon last week, an Arabic-language newspaper has reported. Sheik Taj al-Din al-Hilali, Grand Mufti of Australia and imam of Sydney's Lakemba Mosque, also visited the leader of Hezbollah - banned in Australia as a...

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Editorial: Sikh Worship Space May Have Lessons for Muslims

February 18, 2004

Source: Muslim Wakeup!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/mainarchive/000550.php#more

On February 18, 2004 Muslim Wakeup! published an editorial on how Sikhs use worship space to separate men and women: "The Gurdwara is cut in two by an invisible barrier, one side for women and the other for men. Yet, there is no wall and no difference between the two spaces. This invisible line cuts the Gurdwara in half through its length, giving men and women the exact same amount of...

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President Warns Groups Against Promoting "Culture of Jihad"

February 18, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3500877.stm

On February 18, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has warned religious and political parties against promoting the culture of jihad, or holy war. He said foreign nationals would not be allowed to use Pakistani territory to carry out militant activities in the region. Speaking at a conference of several hundred clerics and religious scholars in Islamabad, the president said...

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Conservative Website Challenges Catholic-Muslim Studies Program

February 18, 2004

Source: U.S. Newswire

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=108-02182004

On February 18, 2004 U.S. Newswire reported, "PipeLineNews.org, the Internet's fastest growing conservative political news source, is calling for 'an immediate, thorough and unbiased review of the Bernardin School's Catholic-Muslim Studies Program, and that further 'interfaith outreach' to the Muslim community be immediately terminated pending that review.'" Editor...

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Middle Eastern "Holy Men" Share Thoughts on "State of Human Soul in Age of Technology"

February 18, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0218/p15s01-lire.html

On February 18, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "The holy men of the Middle East - the men in black dresses, as Yvonne Seng refers to them - more often than not present a forbidding, austere, and humorless front to the world. Steeped in tradition, they can appear anachronistic. Yet in a series of rare interviews with these 'wisdommakers,' Professor Seng found their...

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Changes in Immigration Law Target Religious Scholars

February 18, 2004

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-02/18/article06.shtml

On February 18, 2004 IslamOnline.net reported, "The Danish government announced Tuesday, February 18, changes to the immigration laws, in a measure specifically targeting Muslim scholars. Danish Prime Minister Anders Rasmussen said after a cabinet meeting that access to a Danish residence permit for foreign religious scholars has been too easy up until now. 'That...

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Yale Holds Islam Awareness Week

February 17, 2004

Source: The Yale Daily News

http://www.yaledailynews.com/article.asp?AID=25055

On February 17, 2004 The Yale Daily News reported, "In the past decade, Muslim communities have grown significantly across the nation. Yale is not an exception. As the Muslim student body continues to expand, the Muslim Students Association has grown. As the only Muslim student organization registered through the Yale Chaplain's office, the MSA has worked to accommodate members of the...

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Task Force Encourages Muslim Political Participation

February 17, 2004

Source: The Council on American-Islamic Relations

On February 17, 2004 The Council on American-Islamic Relations reported that "a nationwide coalition of Islamic organizations today announced the formation of a task force designed to encourage community-based Muslim political participation and to defend against the erosion of civil liberties in a post-9/11 social environment. The new group, called the 'American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT),' will concentrate on helping Muslims become 'full partners in the development and...

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FBI Director Thanks American Muslims

February 17, 2004

Source: U.S Dept. of State

http://fpc.state.gov/29513.htm

On February 17, 2004 the U.S Dept. of State reported that the Director of the FBI, Robert Mueller said at a press conference: "Since September 11th, we have had substantial assistance and cooperation from the Muslim-American community, the Arab-American community, [and] the Sikh-American community within the United States. And for that all of us are tremendously thankful. Special Agents In Charge around the country meet often with...

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Update: Morton Grove May Ease Building Restrictions, Allowing Muslim Prayers

February 17, 2004

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/nearnorthwest/chi-0402170072feb17,1,1647590.story

On February 17, 2004 The Chicago Tribune reported, "The Morton Grove Planning Commission recommended on Monday that the village ease its requirements for holding public assembly, a step some neighbors say could legalize the controversial prayer services at the Muslim Community Center and boost the organization's...

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