Muslim Children Kicked Off Jacksonville School Bus

October 30, 2003

Source: News 4

On October 30, 2003 News 4 reported that "angry parents claimed a bus driver forced their children off a school bus Wednesday five miles from home because they were Middle Eastern. Ali Alhamad said his children, along with 10-20 others, were kicked off their bus because they were Muslim. He said many of the children were wearing Muslim religious attire. Some children said the driver forced them off the bus at...

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U.S General Boykin's Remarks Called Offensive to Islam

October 29, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times,1,1664504.story

On October 29, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "with hundreds of supportive calls coming into the Pentagon and Bush facing a reelection campaign in which he'll seek the help of Christian conservatives, it might be out of the question for the administration to fire Boykin. 'Gen. Boykin is kind of the living embodiment of a key Republican electoral constituency. So forcing...

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Nobel Winner Criticizes UK's Support of Religious Schools

October 29, 2003

Source: The Scotsman

On October 29, 2003 The Scotsman reported that "a Nobel prize-winner, who is credited with helping to transform education in the developing world, has criticised the Scottish Executive’s stance on denominational schools, claiming single-faith establishments damage educational attainment. Amartya Sen, an economist from India, made his comments yesterday in a keynote speech to the...

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Mosque to Open in New Port Richey, FL

October 29, 2003

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On October 29, 2003 the St. Petersburg Times reported that "about 100 to 150 people participate in functions at the Islamic Center of New Port Richey each week, and leaders estimate about 1,000 Muslims live in the Pasco, southern Hernando and north Pinellas areas alone. Within a year, members of the Islamic Center hope to erect the county's first mosque......

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Iftaar at the White House

October 29, 2003

Source: Inter Press Service

On October 29, 2003 Inter Press Service reported that "the White House was clearly hoping its Iftaar dinner Tuesday evening, to which ambassadors from predominantly Muslim nations and individual U.S. Muslims were invited to break their Ramadan fast with the president, would send a reassuring message to the Islamic world... But a denunciation of the White House event by a number of national U...

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Muslims Worried Crucifix Controversy Will Cause Backlash

October 28, 2003

Source: BBC News

On October 28, 2003 the BBC News reported that "a radical Muslim leader has won a court battle to remove the crucifix from a state school where his children attend - a decision which has shocked political and public opinion and caused deep concern within Italy's Muslim community.

The symbol of the crucifix is not just in every Italian church, it still looks down on pupils from classroom walls in every...

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President Bush Issues Ramadan Greeting

October 28, 2003

Source: Voice of America

On October 28, 2003 Voice of America reported that "President Bush has issued his annual greeting to the world's Muslims preparing to observe the holy month of Ramadan. In his message, Mr. Bush calls Islam a peaceful religion that has helped shape the character of the United States and has made great contributions to the world. He says Americans cherish...

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Halloween 2003: Controversies

October 27, 2003

Source: Post-Gazette

On October 27, 2003 Post-Gazette reported that many children of conservative Christian, Jewish or Muslim religious traditions will opt out of Halloween parties this year because they view Halloween as a day that commemorates the devil or encourages pagan worship. "'There is a cultural war over Halloween,' said Charles Haynes, a senior scholar at the First Amendment Center who has become a national expert...

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Newark Muslim Gathering Honors Syed Ahmed Khan

October 27, 2003

Source: Pakistan Link

On October 27, 2003 Pakistan Link reported that "more than 600 people gathered at the Chandni Restaurant in Newark, Calif. for an annual event that honors one of the great scientific institutions in the Muslim world, the Aligarh Muslim University, AMU. The Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association, which has a...

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Muslim Teen Resigns from New Jersey School Over Head-Scarf

October 27, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On October 27, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "growing up on the shores of Sandy Hook Bay, Mona Elgohail always loved the sea and was delighted to win a slot at a special high school for the study of marine sciences. But the 14-year-old eventually dropped out of the Marine Academy of Science and Technology because of a conflict between her Islamic faith and the school...

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Boykin Editorials

October 27, 2003

Source: MSNBC

On October 27, 2003 MSNBC published an editorial by Fareed Zakaria suggesting that the White House dismiss General Boykin following his offensive remarks on Islam. Zakaria writes: "The position Boykin holds—deputy undersecretary for intelligence—is one in which he would have to interact routinely with Pakistanis, Egyptians, Afghans, Indonesians; Muslims from all over the world. Will he be effective in establishing close working...

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Ramadan in America, 2003

October 26, 2003

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

On October 26, 2003 the Democrat and Chronicle NY reported that "at least one traditional part of Ramadan, helping those in need in Rochester, is extending through all the months of the lunar calendar. Each year Muslims pay zakat, usually 2.5 percent of their savings, to the needy, and many do so during Ramadan. 'It’s recommended that you give it...

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