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Maryland Interfaith Panel Focuses on Peace

April 18, 2003

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On April 18, 2003 The Baltimore Sun reported that "as images and news about the war in Iraq have loomed in recent weeks, Howard County religious leaders have been focusing on messages of peace... Members of many area churches and synagogues have been straddling the fine line between support for U.S. troops overseas and discussing whether the war is just. Whether their members have supported the war or opposed military action, many congregations simply prayed for a peaceful and just resolution... Bon Secours Spiritual Center in...

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Editorials: Good Friday at the Pentagon

April 18, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48427-2003Apr17.html

On April 18, 2003 The Washington Post printed an letter to the editor by Robert Kramer stating that "regarding the April 15 editorial 'Evangelize Elsewhere' and the news story of the same day 'Graham Invitation Irks Muslims at Pentagon': Somebody is missing the point... Why is the Pentagon hosting a Good Friday service to begin with? Are America's leaders so...

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Basketball Star Hakeem Olajuwon Promotes Cultural Awareness

April 17, 2003

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/1871484

On April 17, 2003 the Houston Chronicle reported that "to show local police officers that not all Muslims are like Osama bin Laden or Saddam Hussein... organizers of a Houston Police Department cultural awareness program called in Hakeem Olajuwon... In brief remarks to about 40 officers Wednesday, the former Houston Rockets star said most Muslims are peaceful, law-abiding...

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Editorial: the Hate Crime Label

April 17, 2003

Source: Salon.com

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2003/04/17/terrorist_act/index_np.html

On April 17, 2003 Salon.com printed an editorial by Eric Boehlert stating that "last summer... a Muslim immigrant by the name of Hesham Mohamed Hadayet... approached the ticket counter of the Israeli-run El Al airline at Los Angeles International Airport... and opened fire... Six weeks later... a Jewish podiatrist by the name of Dr. Robert Goldstein... was...

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Update: Interfaith Prayers at Muncie City Hall

April 17, 2003

Source: The Star Press

http://www.thestarpress.com/tsp/news/local/03/apr/0413duelingprayers.php

On April 17, 2003 The Star Press reported that "the plan had been to unite the community in a moment of prayer. But organizers of Muncie's [IN] observance of the National Day of Prayer said they just couldn't imagine Jewish and Muslim prayers being offered at the May 1 ceremony at Muncie City Hall... 'We're praying in the name of the Father Creator, Jesus...

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NYPD's Handling of Hate Crimes Questioned

April 16, 2003

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/04-16-2003/boroughs/story/75758p-69977c.html

On April 16, 2003 the New York Daily News reported that "violence against Arab and Muslim immigrants increased after 9/11, and the war on Iraq seems to have exacerbated it... Besides, many immigrants believe the NYPD is now more involved in immigration enforcement. Consequently, they think twice about going to the police for help or to report a crime...

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Helpline for Domestic Violence in the Muslim Community

April 13, 2003

Source: The Mecury Sun

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/5624219.htm

On April 13, 2003 The Mecury Sun reported that "in response to an increase in calls from Muslim women to Bay Area battered women's hotlines, the Islamic Society of North America is setting up the West Coast's first 'helpline' for domestic violence tailored to the Muslim community... The helpline, which starts Tuesday, is the Palo Alto organization's first step in creating an...

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Religious Leaders Discuss Role of Religion in the Reconstruction of Iraq

April 13, 2003

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/falsani/cst-nws-faith13.html

On April 13, 2003 The Chicago Sun-Times reported that "religious leaders [are debating about] what kind of participation religious groups should have in the rebuilding of Iraqi society... Bishop Mark Hanson, leader of the 5.1-million member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, hopes the Bush administration will listen to certain American religious leaders who are...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Apr. 2003

April 12, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A15001-2003Apr12.html

On April 12, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "while thousands of raucous antiwar demonstrators marched through the streets of downtown Washington, a different kind of peace effort by a small group of Christians and Muslims was taking place in the parking lot of an aging brick church in Fairfax City... Instead of carrying placards and shouting slogans,...

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New Muslim Community Center Planned for Amherst

April 11, 2003

Source: Gazette

http://www.gazettenet.com/04112003/news/5013.htm

On April 11, 2003 the Gazette reported that "a new Muslim community center is planned for University Drive [in Amherst, MA], with the goal of providing both a place of worship and interfaith education... Mohammad Idrees of Blackberry Lane was the high bidder in a foreclosure auction of 5.79 acres of vacant land between Newmarket Center and the Eastern Pulp...

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Drug Czar Praises Efforts at Muslim Center

April 11, 2003

Source: Pittsburg Tribune-Review

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/pmupdate/s_128757.html

On April 11, 2003 Pittsburg Tribune-Review reported that "White House drug czar John Walters today praised the efforts of a Monroeville coalition whose goal is to help prevent drug use and drug abuse in the Monroeville [PA] area... Walters had a breakfast meeting with members from the Coalition for Human Dignity at the Muslim Center of Greater...

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Government Officials Dismayed by Pentagon's Sponsorship of Franklin Graham

April 11, 2003

Source: MPACnews

http://www.mpacnews.org/

On April 11, 2003 MPACnews reported that "religous members within the Department of Defense are protesting the Pentagon Chaplain's group sponsorship of an appearance by Franklin Graham at a Good Friday Prayer service scheduled for April 18th.� Graham, a Christian fundamentalist, has repeatedly insulted Islam, calling it a 'wicked religion.'� He is also planning to evangelize Iraqis under the cover of bringing humanitarian aid into the country...

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