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Update: Support for Savannah Islamic Center After Arson Fire

August 30, 2003

Source: The Augusta Chronicle

http://www.augustachronicle.com/stories/083003/met_029-1230.001.shtml

On August 30, 2003, The Augusta Chronicle reported that "members of a south Georgia Islamic group whose mosque was destroyed by arson last week are finding support from a local Baptist congregation that lost its own house of worship to fire nearly a decade ago. The Aug. 24 fire at the Islamic Center of Savannah brought back painful memories for the Rev...

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Update: Support for Savannah Islamic Center After Arson Fire

August 30, 2003

Source: Savannah Morning News

http://www.savannahnow.com/stories/083003/LOC_mosquereaction.shtml

On August 30, 2003, the Savannah Morning News reported that local faith communities were uniting to support the Muslim community, which has been the target of recent violence, including a fire that destroyed the Savannah Islamic Center. The paper reported: "Savannah's Inter-racial Interfaith Community and some members of the Unitarian Universalist Church plan...

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Annual Meeting of American Muslims Convenes in Chicago

August 29, 2003

Source: Beliefnet.com

http://www.Beliefnet.com/story/131/story_13178_1.html

On August 29, 2003, an article from the Associated Press appearing on Beliefnet.com reported on the separate meetings of African-American and immigrant Muslims at the upcoming annual meeting of American Muslims in Chicago. "American blacks and immigrant Muslims are holding separate conventions just three miles apart--underscoring the divide between the two groups that Muslim leaders...

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Annual Meeting of American Muslims Convenes in Chicago

August 29, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

On August 29, 2003 the Chicago Tribune reported that "American Muslims are expected to gather in record numbers at two Chicago conventions this weekend to chart a course for increasing their political power and influence. Attendance at the annual meetings is expected to be greater than in previous years, Muslim leaders said, because the Islamic community believes that events since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks have created an urgent need to organize to defend their constitutional rights."

Project Aiming to Reduce Bias Begins Presentations at Wichita Public Schools

August 28, 2003

Source: The Wichita Eagle

http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/6572797.htm

On August 28, 2003 The Wichita Eagle reported that "Inter-Faith Ministries and the Muslim Public Affairs Council have begun a new initiative to reduce bias against Muslims and promote interreligious understanding... Trained speakers will make multimedia presentations about Islam beginning Thursday for Wichita [KS] public school employees and continuing through January 31 for a variety of area...

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Cleveland Catholic High School Prohibits Wearing Hijab

August 28, 2003

Source: The Plain Dealer

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/106207423574610.xml

On August 28, 2003 The Plain Dealer reported on a controversy over a Muslim student wearing the hijab, or headscarf, that violated a Cleveland, OH Catholic school's dress code. Sister Maureen Burke, president of Regina High School, said of the policy: "'It's a broad-based policy. It's certainly not just about do-rags or...

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Fire Destroys Islamic Center of Savannah

August 27, 2003

Source: Associated Press

http://www.accessnorthga.com/news/ap_newfullstory.asp?ID=17732

On August 27, 2003 the Associated Press reported that members of the Savannah Islamic Center were gathering under a makeshift tent for worship after a suspicious fire destroyed their worship building a few days earlier. "Muslims who attended the mosque, where about 100 families worshipped, said Tuesday they would continue praying openly--even in the 91-degree heat of the...

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Update: Bush Makes Recess Apppointment of Pipes

August 25, 2003

Source: Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/Mise_00/4342_00.htm

On August 25, 2003 the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) issued a statement commending President Bush's appointment of controversial Mideast scholar Daniel Pipes to the U.S. Institue of Peace. The statement said, "We commend you for appointing Daniel Pipes to the board of the United States Institute of Peace. As a world renowned expert on the Middle East and extremist Islam, Dr. Pipes provides an...

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Bank closes Egyptian immigrant's account with no explanation

August 25, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0825/p15s01-wmcn.html

On August 25, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that Hossam Algabri, an Egyptian immigrant, received a notice from Fleet telling him, "We regret to inform you that we have decided that it is not in our best interest to continue your banking relationship with us." When Algabri tried to straighten out what he thought was a mistake, the bank "told him that his account was...

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Fire Destroys Islamic Center of Savannah

August 24, 2003

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On August 24, 2003 the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued a statement asking the FBI to investigate a fire at the Islamic Center of Savannah [GA]. "That fire, which arson investigators have termed 'suspicious,' came after two recent incidents at or near the same center that point to the possibility of a bias motive...the fire was reported around three in the morning. The blaze spread quickly and engulfed the house that was being used as a temporary center until a larger facility could be built."

Justice Department Investigates Muslim Chaplain Selection in Prisons

August 23, 2003

Source: Union Tribune

On August 23, 2003 the Union Tribune reported that "prompted by complaints that fundamentalist Islamic clerics are spreading an anti-U.S., potentially violent ideology in federal prisons, the Justice Department's inspector general is investigating how prison officials are selecting Muslim chaplains... The complaints, including some from moderate Islamic groups, focus on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons' policy of relying on endorsements from two organizations that critics say promote the hard-line viewpoints shared by Osama bin Laden and...

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Muslims and Arab-Americans Meet With FBI

August 22, 2003

Source: NCM Online

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=55f969f4cbe3fc77a68a9a9984d4343a

On August 22, 2003 NCM Online reported that "area Muslims and Arab Americans gathered for an unusual town hall meeting...in Annandale, where many confronted FBI and other U.S. government officials with concerns that their communities are being treated unfairly during the war on terrorism. Tariq Khan, center, of Falls...

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