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Protest of French Ban of Religious Symbols Spans the Globe

January 18, 2004

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/01/18/MNGCP4CJUT1.DTL

On January 18, 2004 the San Francisco Chronicle reported, "Thousands of people marched through San Francisco, Paris, London and other cities around the world Saturday to protest France's plan to ban head coverings and other religious symbols from public schools. From Civic Center down Market Street, through Union Square to the French...

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San Francisco Rally Against French Ban

January 18, 2004

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/7739835.htm

On January 18, 2004 The Mercury News reported, "About 250 Muslims, Christians and Sikhs marched on the streets of San Francisco on Saturday to protest a proposed ban of religious symbols in French public schools, including the hijab, the Muslim head scarf that many of the protesting women wore. The Bay Area protest, which started in front of City Hall and culminated...

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Historic Muslim Community in Iowa

January 17, 2004

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=4691E1EE-2DF2-43B7-84D6299BB8021439

On January 17, 2004 Voice of America published an article on the historic Muslim community in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It describes the history of the “Mother Mosque,” opened in 1934 as the first mosque built in the United States. The article details early Muslim immigration from Syria and Lebanon to Cedar Rapids, as well as the...

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New Mosque Opens in Tennessee

January 17, 2004

Source: Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/local/archives/04/01/45639762.shtml

On January 17, 2004 the Tennessean reported that Masjid Al-Islam, a Nashville mosque formerly belonging to the Nation of Islam, "has recently moved from its location on Clifton Avenue to a much larger worship space on Buena Vista Pike in Bordeaux. The congregation has more than 100 members, mostly African-American, although Muslims of many ethnic backgrounds attend... The...

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Cleveland Imam Draws Community Support

January 17, 2004

Source: The Plain Dealer

http://www.cleveland.com/living/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/1074335729172181.xml

On January 17, 2004 The Plain Dealer reported, "The embattled imam of the area's largest mosque received an outpouring of support Friday from mosque members, Muslim groups and Christian clergy. More than 200 members of the Islamic Center of Cleveland gathered at the mosque community center after afternoon prayers to rally...

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Appeals Court Rules Woman Can Wear Headscarf in ID Photo

January 15, 2004

Source: Expatica

http://www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=48&story_id=3681

On January 15, 2004 Expatica reported, "In a ruling set to create a country-wide precedent, a Muslim woman who went to court after being ordered to remove her veil for an identity photograph has won her case, Belgium's 'La Libre Belgique' newspaper reported today. The appeal court in the city of Liège found in the woman’s favour, saying...

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Catholics Must Reach Out to Islam

January 14, 2004

Source: National Catholic Reporter

http://ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2004a/011604/011604l.php

On January 14, 2004 the National Catholic Reporter reported, "The Roman Catholic church has the opportunity to clarify the relationship among the three Abrahamic faiths by making a minor change within its administrative structure. Currently, Catholic-Jewish relations are handled by the Council for Promoting Christian Unity, while Catholic-Muslim relations...

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Dalai Lama Encourages Hindu-Muslim Dialogue Over Ayodhya Dispute

January 14, 2004

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/423310.cms

On January 14, 2004 The Times of India reported, "Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has accused politicians of gaining mileage out of the Ayodhya dispute and urged leaders to resolve it thorough dialogue. He said India was known for communal peace and harmony and the Ayodhya dispute, which caused Hindu-Muslim riots in the country, must be settled through dialogue...The Dalai...

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US Congressman Says Religious Intolerance Growing in Bangladesh

January 13, 2004

Source: The Daily Star

http://www.thedailystar.net/2004/01/13/d4011301044.htm

On January 13, 2004 The Daily Star reported, "US Congressman Joseph Crowley yesterday warned that Bangladesh's image abroad might be tarnished due to recent incidents of religious intolerance in the country. 'The image of Bangladesh as a moderate Muslim country is very important, but it is increasingly coming under threat because intolerance has taken hold in the country,' he told The Daily...

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Opinion: Turkey's Moderate Islam Makes it Crucial Bridge Between West and Middle East

January 13, 2004

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/156282_friedman13.html

On January 13, 2004 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer ran a syndicated column by Thomas L. Friedman, foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, in which he argued that the acceptance of Turkey into the European Union is a cruicial step in "building bridges" between Islam and the West. Friedman cited Turkey's more moderate Islam, flourishing within a free-...

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Joy and Disdain Over New Mosque in Scottsdale, AZ

January 12, 2004

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0112nemosque12.html

On January 12, 2004 The Arizona Republic reported, " Excitement mixed with resignation this past weekend as neighbors and members of Scottsdale's first Islamic mosque and cultural center discussed the start of the mosque's construction. About 25 people gathered Saturday morning at the site of the project, a 3.5-acre parcel at the southwestern...

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Not All Christians Agree on Interfaith Dialogue

January 11, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/orange/la-oe-oc-hubbard11jan11,1,2426229.story?coll=la-editions-orange

On January 11, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "Non-Christians might be confused by the mixed signals coming from different sectors of the Christian world about the value of interfaith dialogue and cooperation. President Bush's comment during his recent visit to England that...

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