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Editorial: On Eid, Let Us Forgive One Another for Our Close-Minded Views

November 10, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/pilot/columnists/la-dpt-allowed10nov10,1,7025381.story

On November 10, 2003 Lolita Harper of the Los Angeles Times published an editorial on the negative response by many Orange County residents to the new Eid postal stamp, recently issued by the United States' Postal Service. In a recent mass e-mail calling on individuals to boycott the stamp, a message reminds readers "of...

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Interfaith Gathering Commemorates Renaming of Street After Mother Teresa

November 10, 2003

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=275122

On November 10, 2003 The Times of India reported, "From next year, Park Street will be known as Mother Teresa Sarani. Mayor Subrata Mukherjee announced the decision formally on Sunday...Earlier in the day, members from various walks of life joined a prayer for Mother Teresa. From Amritsar and Barrackpore to Chandernagore and Dakshineshwar...

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In Michigan, Crestwood School District Will Decide if Eid Will be School Holilday

November 10, 2003

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/religion/holid10_20031110.htm

On November 10, 2003 Detroit Free Press reported that "The room was divided. On the left side of the Crestwood High School library sat mostly Arab Americans. On the right sat mostly parents of European descent. For hourslast week, they tussled at a public meeting over whether to make Eid -- the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan -- a school holiday. Tonight, the school board of...

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Italians Upset Over Judge's Ruling to Remove Crucifix from Schools

November 10, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1110/p07s01-woeu.html

On November 10, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "the influx of foreigners in recent years, many of them Muslim, is rapidly changing the cultural makeup of this Roman Catholic country [Italy]...Italians were outraged when a judge ruled that crosses should be removed from classroom walls out of respect for Muslim pupils. In the normally quiet town of Ofena in central...

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African Leaders Discuss Religious Influences in Political Instabilities

November 10, 2003

Source: AllAfrica Global Media

http://allafrica.com/stories/200311110145.html

On November 10, 2003 AllAfrica Global Media reported, "[A]t the 10th Ordinary Intergovernmental Authority on Development summit in Kampala, Uganda, [political leaders discussed] stalemated thorny issues such as the Somali peace process and Ethiopia-Eritrea border tensions...there are the ominous implications of the recent murders of two British nationals outside Hargeisa, the capital of normally...

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Muslim Population Has Increased Since 1994 Genocide

November 9, 2003

Source: Agence France Presse

On November 9, 2003 Agence France Presse reported, "Long a marginalised tiny minority, Rwanda's Muslims have grown considerably in number and stature in the 10 years since the genocide of 1994. Like many of his compatriots, Isaac...converted after the bloody events of that year, when he was a soldier in the Rwandan Patriotic Front, a Tutsi-led rebellion that is now the dominant force in government. 'I converted after my unit came into Kigali and I saw how many of my fellow Tutsis has been hidden, and therefore saved, by Muslims...

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Boston-Area Muslim and Unitarian Universalist Groups Build Friendship Through Dialogue

November 9, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2003/11/09/clerics_overcome_fear_and_suspicion_to_build_bridges_of_understanding/

On November 9, 2003 The Boston Globe reported, "Just hours after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, while the nation was convulsed with fear and anger, a Turkish imam was breaking his Ramadan fast in the company of a Universalist Unitarian...

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In a Post-September 11 World, Muslim Candidates Return to the Political Race

November 7, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1107/p13s03-uspo.html

On November 7, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that Afeefa Syeed and Kamal Nawash, who each ran in local elections in Virginia Tuesday "have more in common than both having lost their races. As two of only a handful of Muslims running for elected office in the US this year, Ms. Syeed and Mr. Nawash's singular bids underscore the general lack of Muslim participation in...

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New Muslim Chaplain to Replace James Yee Won't Have Access to Detainees

November 7, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2003/11/07/limits_put_on_new_muslim_chaplain/

On November 7, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "the US military has made plans to bring a new Muslim chaplain to the base where it is holding some 660 accused terror suspects, but he will not be allowed to come into contact with the 'enemy combatants' being detained here without trial. In September, the former Muslim...

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Muslim Publication Wins Six Ippie Awards for Journalism

November 7, 2003

Source: New York Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/queens/nyc-nynabe053526062nov05,0,59

On November 7, 2003 New York Newsday reported on the second annual Ippie awards, which recognizes distinguished work in the press often overlooked by the mainstream media. "A Queens-based weekly publication, Muslims, won six Ippies this year, including one for an editorial on post-war Iraq and another for a first-person account of Muslim neighbors...

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A Model of Sensitivity, or a Violation of the Constitution? Koran in New York Police Station Stirs Controversy

November 7, 2003

Source: New York Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/newyork/politics/nyc-reli1107,0,4012989.story

On November 7, 2003 New York Newsday reported that "a Koran installed in the lobby of police headquarters has raised concerns about a breach in the constitutional wall separating church and state, and underscores the influential role religion plays in the culture of the department... The Koran is displayed atop a brass pedestal...

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New Dallas Charity Helps Muslim Women Dress Modestly

November 7, 2003

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/religion/stories/110803dnrelconnect.86c07.html

On November 7, 2003 The Dallas Morning News reported that "as Muslims focus on charitable acts during the month of Ramadan, one local Muslim woman has created a gift she hopes will keep on giving all year round. Nadiya Iqbal, a recent convert to Islam, started a clothes closet to provide hijabs (headscarves), abayas (long robes) and other items...

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Update: Voorhees Mosque Wins Approval

November 7, 2003

Source: The Philadelphia Enquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/7203808.htm

On November 7, 2003 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "a mosque construction proposal that sparked months of controversy was unanimously approved by the Voorhees Zoning Board last night after hours of debate. The approval of the mosque site plan clears the way for construction by spring if no appeals are filed. Zia Rahman, managing director of the group that plans to build the mosque, said: 'I...

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A Battle for Truth or a Battle for Converts? Church Flyer Sets Off Controversy in Akron, OH

November 6, 2003

Source: The Beacon-Journal

http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/7195534.htm

On November 6, 2003 The Beacon-Journal reported that in Akron, Ohio last week The Chapel, a highly regarded nondenominational church, found itself at the center of controversy when they distributed fliers, advertising that a class on Islam would instruct Christians on "'how to be more effective in our spiritual battle for the hearts and souls of our Muslim neighbors.' Practically speaking,...

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Voorhees Residents Oppose Building of Mosque

November 5, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-nj--suburbanmosque1105nov05,0,5801947.story

On November 5, 2003 The Associated Press reported on the on-going legal battle by Muslims in Voorhees, New Jersey to obtain a local permit to build a mosque. According to the article, the town zoning board will decide on Thursday whether or not to approve a site plan put forward by the Muslim American Community...

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