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Abu-Ghazalah Seeks Election in San Francisco

February 11, 2004

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0402060274feb06,1,6120071.story

On February 11, 2004 The Chicago Tribune reported, "The name, Maad Abu-Ghazalah, doesn't exactly trip off the tongue, but that may prove a minor worry for the candidate running for Congress in one of America's most open-minded cities. When Abu-Ghazalah went door-to-door, greeting prospective voters, his eyes beaming, his light...

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Update: Locals Protest Alabama Ban on Headscarves in License Photos

February 11, 2004

Source: The Huntsville Times

http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/base/news/107652521415511.xml

On February 11, 2004 The Huntsville Times reported that "dozens of people were expected to attend a legislative committee meeting here today to protest a Department of Public Safety order preventing Muslim women from wearing head coverings in their driver's license photos. Farook Chandiwala, a member of the Human Rights Committee of...

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Editorial: Nigerian Politics Should Take Cue from Opening of Mosque by Christian Leader

February 10, 2004

Source: Vanguard

http://allafrica.com/stories/200402110131.html

On February 10, 2004 the Vanguard ran an editorial on the recent opening of a mosque in Umuahia by Uzor Orji Kalu, governor of Abia State, who is a Christian. The editorial commented, "His critics do not know what to make of this unusual gesture so they have gone to town to say what the governor has done has political undertones. And we ask: What in this country does not? Or to put it in reverse: What can we not...

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Headscarf Controversy an International Phenomenon

February 10, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3476163.stm

On February 10, 2004 the BBC News ran a feature on "headscarves in the headlines" across the globe, including an interactive map where visitors to their website can click on a country and learn that country's policy and practice toward Muslim headscarves in public spaces. Countries highlighted are France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

Religious Leaders Join Rally to Oppose Gay Marriage

February 9, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0402/29/a03-58833.htm

On February 9, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "Boisterous opponents of same-sex marriage sang, cheered and chanted Sunday at a rally to build support for a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The demonstration on the Boston Common, a short distance from the Massachusetts Statehouse, broke out into chants of 'Let the people vote!'...

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Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Increase in Perth

February 9, 2004

Source: The Straits Times

http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/world/story/0,4386,234248,00.html

On February 9, 2004 The Straits Times ran an Agence France Presse article that reported, "Perth's ethnic communities say worsening racial violence in which three Chinese restaurants were firebombed last week has led to fearful parents in Asia stopping their children from travelling to the city...Mr [Suresh] Rajan, [chairman of the Ethnic Communities Council...

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Southern CA Muslims Register to Vote on Eid

February 9, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-hajj2feb02,1,2929458.story

On February 9, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported that "thousands of Southern California Muslims gathered Sunday to mark one of their most important holidays and the end of hajj, the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca. They came — young and old, men and women — to celebrate Eid al-Adha, a holiday that honors Abraham, the prophet who was willing to sacrifice his son at...

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Muslim Rapper Praises Osama Bin Ladin and 9/11 Attacks

February 8, 2004

Source: The Observer

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1143499,00.html

On February 8, 2004 The Observer reported, "A music video with blood-curdling images, fronted by a young British Muslim rapper brandishing a gun and a Koran is the latest hit in radical Islamic circles. The rap song is called 'Dirty Kuffar' - Arabic for dirty non-believer - and it praises Osama bin Laden and the attack on the World Trade Centre in New York. The video...

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United Church of Canada to Release Document Seeking Reconciliation With Muslims

February 8, 2004

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-02/08/article09.shtml

On February 8, 2004 IslamOnline.net reported, "The United Church of Canada acknowledged a long history of hostility toward Muslims in Christianity and asserted that the image of Islam which 'today is too often depicted as a religion of violence' should be reversed. The Church, the main representative of Canadian Protestants, will release in mid-February a document...

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Second Muslim Group Voluntarily Withdraws From Interfaith Alliance

February 8, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A21950-2004Feb7.html

On February 8, 2004 the The Washington Post reported, "After being accused of links to extremists, one of the nation's largest Muslim organizations has withdrawn from the Alliance for Marriage, an interfaith coalition pushing for a constitutional amendment against gay marriage. The Islamic Society of North America, an Indiana-based association of 300 mosques...

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Deputy Prime Minister: Ram Temple Will Be Built With Consent of Hindus and Muslims

February 8, 2004

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hindu.com/2004/02/09/stories/2004020906280100.htm

On February 8, 2004 The Hindu reported, "Kicking off the BJP's election campaign for the Lok Sabha polls in Gujarat, the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, today sought a fresh mandate for the NDA at the Centre to fulfil its unfinished tasks which included building a Ram temple with the consent of Hindus and Muslims and ensuring the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the valley. 'We have...

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Interfaith Statement Against Gay Marriage

February 7, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/02/07/leade

On February 7, 2004 The Boston Globe published the text of an Interfaith Statement against gay marriage, reading in part: "Today, the Roman Catholic Dioceses of the state of Massachusetts joined with over 3000 other religious communities within the state to offer a joint statement in support of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union...

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Law Society of Kenya: Muslims Relegated to "Second-Class Status"

February 6, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3466313.stm

On February 6, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Kenya's Muslims are being relegated to second-class status because of the country's official efforts to combat terrorism, say Kenyan lawyers. The Law Society of Kenya says dismal treatment of Muslims has marred human rights gains made in the past year. Muslims make up about a quarter of the population, but suffer harassment and intimidation, say the annual report. The...

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