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Diverse Celebrations of the Fourth

July 5, 2003

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/locway/arab5_20030705.htm

On July 5, 2003 the Detroit Free Press reported that "for the hundreds of thousands of Muslims in metro Detroit, Independence Day is all the more symbolic this year. As Muslims gather in mosques near Warren Avenue or in family homes in West Bloomfield for the weekly Muslim holy day, they salute their two heritages -- one more than a millennium old, the other born in 1776... For recent college...

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Diverse Celebrations of the Fourth

July 5, 2003

Source: Philadelphia Daily News

http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/news/local/6238148.htm

On July 5, 2003 the Philadelphia Daily News reported that "some visitors to Independence Mall were probably surprised to encounter exhibits about Islam and a tent staffed with women in traditional Middle Eastern garb... The Islamic Circle of North America, hosting its national conference in Philadelphia this week celebrated the consitutional protections of religious...

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Local Muslim Pharmacist Holds Informal Seminar to Discuss Islamic Faith

July 3, 2003

Source: The Register Herald

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?brd=1706

On July 3, 2003 The Register Herald reported that "Nasir Mahmood has teamed up with the Pine Plains Council of Churches [NY] to hold seminars on Muslim awareness. The most recent seminar was held on June 12 at St. Anthony's Church in Pine Plains. Many know Mahmood as their pharmacist in Pine Plains, but not as a spokesman on the Islamic faith... Since the attacks on the World Trade Center, Mahmood has...

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Update: Muslim Youth Camp in Iowa Approved

July 3, 2003

Source: Star Tribne

http://www.startribune.com/stories/484/3969141.html

On July 3, 2003 the Star Tribne reported that "along with environmental concerns, fears that the camp will train terrorists have stirred up many Iowans and others across the country. The Army Corps of Engineers, which will lease the federal land to the Muslim nonprofit group, gave the go-ahead Tuesday for a scaled-down version of the project. That only served to fuel the controversy... Weeks of news...

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Extraordinary Religious Texts on Display in Pennsylvania

July 3, 2003

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/living/religion/6224430.htm

On July 3, 2003 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "this weekend, from worlds apart, two remarkable religious books are going on display to the general public here... The Islamic Circle of North America has brought in an ornate Koran from Iran that, at six feet high and 1,500 pounds, is billed as the world's largest. Its 606 hand-painted canvas pages will be...

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Update: Muslim Youth Camp in Iowa Approved

July 3, 2003

Source: Iowa City Press-Citizen

http://www.press-citizen.com/news/070303gallagher.htm

On July 3, 2003 the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported that "dialogue about a planned Muslim youth camp in North Liberty quickly deteriorated into an argument Wednesday about whether all Muslims are potential terrorists - all broadcast live on Mike Gallagher's national radio talk show that originated in Iowa City... The show came two days after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed...

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High School Students Participate in Interfaith Training Program

July 2, 2003

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/press02/PR070203.html

On July 2, 2003 the Religion News Service reported that "fifty Christian, Muslim, and Jewish high school students from the Middle East, South Africa, Northern Ireland and the United States committed to building understanding between peoples of different faiths are spending two weeks together in a groundbreaking leadership-training program... The students, ages 16-18, are participants in the...

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Muslims and Jews Learning from Each Other in Rochester, NY

July 2, 2003

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.rochesterdandc.com/news/IM12VBM_jews02_news.shtml

On July 2, 2003 the Democrat and Chronicle reported that "the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, drove divisions between Jews and Muslims in many cities, but in Rochester [NY], the dialogue between these two communities is growing deeper and deeper... In fact, because of a series of public programs seeking greater understanding, the Commission on Jewish/Muslim...

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Arab American Files Discrimination Lawsuit against ABC Expediting in Chicago

July 2, 2003

Source: Chicago Sun Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/terror/cst-nws-harass02.html

On July 2, 2003 the Chicago Sun Times reported that "from the first week he worked as a driver and messenger at Chicago's ABC Expediting, Usama Ghanayem says, he was harassed and demeaned for being an Arab American... A supervisor checked under his truck to see if there was a bomb, regularly asked him if he'd bombed anything lately, and derided him with epithets such as 'rag...

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Interfaith Celebration in Kentucky

July 2, 2003

Source: Herald Leader

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/heraldleader/news/local/6215627.htm

On July 2, 2003 the Herald Leader reported that "the faces in the Kentucky Theatre last night ranged from black to white to brown... Their voices represented Jews, Muslims, Christians and Catholics... And they were all united in cheers... They were gathered for the patriotic "Faces of Faith in America' rally, hosted by The Interfaith Alliance of the Bluegrass... The event...

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Muslim Organizations Question Legitimacy of Bank Cancellations

July 2, 2003

Source: Civil Liberties Digest

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=0387c0def57e1cc42daf809c7b23216b

On July 2, 2003 the Civil Liberties Digest reported that "American financial institutions are using extreme interpretations of the U.S.A. Patriot Act to justify blacklisting Muslim account holders, reports An-Nahar, an Arabic weekly based in Southern California in its recent issue ending July 2... According...

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Muslim Center and Neighbors Debate over Zoning Permit

July 2, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/archives

On July 2, 2003 the Chicago Tribune reported that "neighbors have been complaining for four months about traffic and parking problems caused by Friday afternoon prayers at the... Muslim Educational Center [IL]. In April, when center officials presented plans to add a mosque and more parking to their property... neighbors successfully lobbied the Village Board to reject the expansion... Now some Morton Grove residents are...

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