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Editorial: Printing of Anti-Semitic Article Not a Matter of Free Speech

January 9, 2004

Source: Vancouver Sun

http://www.canada.com/vancouver/vancouversun/editorials/story.asp?id=CAF39B62-8B14-4B0D-90EB-E31A382B7FE6

On January 9, 2004 the Vancouver Sun ran an editorial condemning an anti-Semitic article published by a Muslim newspaper. The editorial board wrote, "The article, which comes from the Web site of Edgar Steele, blames Jews for everything from starting the Second World War to the attack on the...

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Constitution to Establish Islam as State Religion, Provide Religious Freedom for Others

January 9, 2004

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20040108-111925-7194r.htm

On January 9, 2004 The Washington Times reported, "The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan yesterday said Afghans will not be forced to practice Islam, even though the country's new draft constitution makes numerous references to Islam's supremacy. 'The constitution recognizes that the religion of the state of Afghanistan is Islam,' Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said in response to...

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CAIR-Canada Condemns Anti-Semitic Article in Muslim Newspaper

January 9, 2004

Source: CNews

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/MediaNews/2004/01/09/309061-cp.html

On January 9, 2004 CNews reported, "Muslims with an anti-discrimination group on Friday condemned an article in a B.C. newspaper that accused Jews of faking the Holocaust and staging the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 'I think the article is just atrocious, it's certainly hateful. I would certainly call it vile and malicious and serves only to scapegoat the Jewish community,' said...

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Opinion: Burqa Not Always a Symbol of Oppression

January 8, 2004

Source: The Age

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/01/07/1073437342609.html

On January 8, 2004 The Age ran an opinion piece by Fatima Shah, spokeswoman for women's affairs for the Australian Muslim Public Affairs Committee, in which she argued in defense of the burqa: "Whilst the mystique of the veiled Arab woman has captured the imagination of countless Western writers and travellers, it has also captured the unwanted attention of a number of leftists...

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U.S. Report Shows Increasing Anti-Muslim Attitudes in Europe

January 8, 2004

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/124063.html

On January 8, 2004 the International Herald Tribune reported, "The State Department's fifth Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, released on Dec. 18, shows a frightening increase in anti-Muslim attitudes in several European countries, including some of America's strongest allies. The report cites the growth of Europe's Muslim immigrant population as the most common reason for anti-Muslim...

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Pittsburg Concert Will Give Preview of Vatican Interfaith Concert

January 8, 2004

Source: Valley News Dispatch

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/valleynewsdispatch/lifestyles/s_173629.h tml

On January 8, 2004 the Valley News Dispatch reported, "Music's power to heal and inspire is about to have a worldwide stage...World-renowned conductor Gilbert Levine, known as 'the Pope's maestro,' will lead the Pittsburgh Symphony in what promises to be a historic concert, carrying a theme of reconciliation, celebrating the silver jubilee...

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Former Labor MP Causes Anger With "Anti-Arab Rant"

January 8, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3376633.stm

On January 8, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Muslim leaders have accused Robert Kilroy-Silk of 'anti-Arab and anti-Muslim views' after a newspaper piece entitled 'We Owe the Arabs Nothing'. The Muslim Council of Britain denounced the BBC discussion show presenter's piece as a 'gratuitous anti-Arab rant. In the Sunday Express piece, the former Labour MP referred to Arabs as 'suicide bombers, limb-amputators, women...

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Muslim Leader Threatens Legal Action if Ban of Religious Symbols Passes

January 7, 2004

Source: Channel News Asia

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/65199/1/.html

On January 7, 2004 Channel News Asia ran an Agence France Presse article that reported, "Leading Muslim cleric Yussef al-Qaradawi has threatened legal action if France adopts a law banning the Islamic headscarf in schools, warning such measures only breed extremism. 'If the law is passed, we will seek to file a legal complaint because this law will be in...

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Islamic Center to be Opened in Dearborn

January 6, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0401/06/d03-28211.htm

On January 6, 2004 The Detroit News reported, "The Islamic Center of America plans to unveil its gleaming new $12 million mosque in Dearborn this summer — part of an Arab-American religious and cultural facility that the group said will eventually be the largest in North America. The mosque marks the center’s expansion beyond the building it has been using in Detroit for 40...

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First Muslim Military Chaplain Begins Work at Edmonton Garrison

January 6, 2004

Source: CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/01/06/muslim_chaplain040106

On January 6, 2004 CBC News reported, "The Canadian Forces' first Muslim chaplain began work this week at the Edmonton Garrison, bringing a little more religious diversity to the military. Capt. Suleyman Demiray, 37, is a Turkish-born Muslim cleric, or imam, who came to Canada 10 years ago and pursued a Masters degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. While he's happy to finally be on...

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Opinion: Muslims Should Vote for Kucinich, Not "Electable" Dean

January 6, 2004

Source: Muslim Wakeup

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/mainarchive/000502.php#more

On January 6, 2004 Muslim Wakeup ran an opinion piece by Al-Muhajabah in which she writes, "There's a lot of debate among Muslims over who to vote for in the 2004 presidential primaries. The two candidates with the most support among Muslims are Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich. While some Muslims believe that Dean has the best positions on the issues, many more Muslims are supporting Dean...

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No Muslim Cleric at Guantanamo

January 6, 2004

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/01/06/gitmo/index.html

On January 6, 2004 CNN reported, "The U.S. military no longer has a Muslim cleric at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ministering to the religious needs of the more than 600 detainees there, and has no plans to provide a new cleric of any faith, a Pentagon official said Tuesday.

The official said there has been no cleric for the detainees in nearly four months, since the September 10 arrest of Muslim chaplain...

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Research Institute Vandalized Over Controversial Book on Hindu King

January 6, 2004

Source: Mid Day

http://web.mid-day.com/news/nation/2004/january/73070.htm

On January 6, 2004 Mid Day reported, "The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) was vandalised by about 250 members of the Sambhaji Brigade, a sister organisation of the Maratha Mahasangh, over a book written on Shivaji by James Laine. It is not known which specific passages provoked the group. It is known, however, that they ransacked BORI because Shrikant Bahulkar, a Sanskrit...

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