Islam

Tempe Officials Declare City Buildings Haven from Hate

April 4, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On April 4, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "Tempe [AZ] has declared its city buildings a haven for local Muslims who may face war-related harassment or threats, making it the first Phoenix-area community to officially do so... 'City buildings have always been safe havens,' Tempe's diversity coordinator, Rosa Inchausti, said in a note to department heads last week. 'People need to know that anyone can go into any city building if they are feeling harassed or threatened.'"

Evangelical Christians On the Front Lines

April 4, 2003

Source: The Guardian

On April 4, 2003 The Guardian reported that "poised behind the troops, waiting for a signal that Iraq is safe enough for them to operate in, are the evangelical Christians - carrying food in one hand and the Bible in the other... All the groups, generously funded by American churchgoers, are likely to do a magnificent job in offering water, food, medical help and comfort to a traumatised population. But they are causing alarm among Muslims, who fear vulnerable Iraqis will be cajoled into conversion, and Christians, some of whom...

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Nomination of Daniel Pipes Alarms Muslim Groups

April 3, 2003

Source: CAIR

On April 3, 2003 CAIR reported that "a national Islamic civil rights group today urged President Bush to rescind his nomination of an 'Islamophobe,' who claims 10 to 15 percent of Muslims are 'potential killers,' to the board of a government institution formed to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflicts... The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says President Bush yesterday nominated pro-Israel commentator Daniel Pipes...

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Community Leaders Critical of New York's Strategies Against Hate Crimes

April 2, 2003

Source: The Village Voice

http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0314/solomon.php

On April 2, 2003 The Village Voice reported that "given the red alert on hate crimes, advocacy and community groups in New York's immigrant neighborhoods are trying a range of strategies to defend local residents and allay their fears. Many are hosting know-your-rights and safety workshops; some are even steering people to self-defense classes. But they charge that the city is not doing enough...

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Bloomberg Condemns Anti-Semitic and Anti-Christian Books in Muslim Private Schools

April 2, 2003

Source: Daily News

On April 2, 2003 the Daily News reported that New York mayor "Bloomberg condemned yesterday anti-Semitic and anti-Christian school books in use at a number of Muslim private schools in the city... 'Personally, I find it disgraceful,' Bloomberg said when asked about a Sunday Daily News story reporting the schools' use of the books in their Islamic studies programs... The mayor made his comments while appearing with local Jewish leaders at 1 Police Plaza to discuss public safety concerns for the upcoming Passover holiday... The most...

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Emergency Minister of the Eucharist

March 31, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On March 31, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "as a top officer in a combat helicopter squadron, Army Maj. Mike Mahony is used to emergencies. Two of his pilots were shot down last week. His unit's AH-64 Apache helicopters were damaged by Iraqi artillery. But this morning, he was handling a different kind of emergency: getting Communion to troops near the front lines... Mahony is an emergency minister of the Eucharist, or EME, a layman trained to administer the sacrament of Communion because of a shortage of Roman Catholic...

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Islamic Charity Festival in Tampa, Florida

March 31, 2003

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2003/03/31/TampaBay/Mood_cautious_at_Musl.shtml

On March 31, 2003 the St. Petersburg Times reported that "after war broke out in Iraq, organizers of... the annual Islamic Charity Festival [in Tampa, FL]... discussed postponing the festival, which local Muslims hold to offer food and clothing to mostly non-Muslim needy residents... Corporations could be counted on in past years to provide soft drinks...

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Prayers for World Peace in Maryland

March 31, 2003

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On March 31, 2003 The Baltimore Sun reported that "overcome with emotion, Kay Ballard had to pause several times during yesterday's Prayers for World Peace, an event she coordinated to bring a diverse range of spiritual leaders to talk about peace... On the 12th day of the war in Iraq, Ballard gathered spiritual leaders to deliver their individual messages of peace. A rabbi spoke about making peace an active pursuit, while an imam talked about how the word peace in Arabic is a part of daily life... Interspersed in the two-hour...

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Islamic Society of Central Florida Hosts Women Empowerment Program

March 30, 2003

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-locmuslimwomen30033003mar30,0,3130933.story

On March 30, 2003 the Orlando Sentinel reported that "Lobna Ismail rattled off a list of stereotypes about women who wear the traditional Muslim headscarf called a hijab... 'Oppressed. Subservient. Terrorist. Can't work. Can't drive...' About a dozen women, most of them wearing a hijab, nodded. They had...

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Timely Celebration of Afghan New Years

March 30, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/states/california/counties/alameda_county/5517617.htm

On March 30, 2003 the Contra Costa Times reported that "from Mustafa Hakimi's perspective, the Afghan new year celebration comes at just the right time... 'This is perfect," said the 18-year-old San Leandro [CA] resident and Afghan native. 'We want everybody to realize we are a friendly people, a...

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United for Justice with Peace Organizes Boston Protest

March 30, 2003

Source: Boston Globe

On March 30, 2003 Boston Globe reported that "tens of thousands of people from across New England and beyond converged on a damp, windswept Boston Common for a massive antiwar rally yesterday, then marched through the city, saying they hoped to show the world that not all Americans support President Bush and the war in Iraq..." The protest was "organized by the Greater Boston group United for Justice with Peace..." During the protest, the pro-government group and the protesters "found some common ground: When the pro-government group...

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Muslims in the U.S. Military

March 30, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-war-muslims30mar30001520,1,3702313.story

On March 30, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "the deadly grenade attack on the 101st Airborne Division in the Persian Gulf -- allegedly by one of its own -- left military personnel stunned. But the further news that the suspect is an observant Muslim set off a ripple effect that touched at least two soldiers...

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Islamic Community Center of Atlanta Hosts Workshop to Help Muslim Youth

March 30, 2003

Source: The Atlantic Journal-Constitution

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/sunday/news_e368a948d6fdc1d410a0.html

On March 30, 2003 The Atlantic Journal-Constitution reported that "for 90 minutes, 20 boys and girls ranging from 12 to 18 discussed the issues they face daily as Muslims in metro Atlanta schools --- from mean-spirited taunts to questions about their religion and dress. The workshop, held at the Islamic...

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Muslim Woman Fights Government Order to Unveil for Driver's License Picture

March 30, 2003

Source: Los Angelas Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-na-veil30may30,1,5567236.story?coll=la%2Dnews%2Dreligion

On March 30, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that Sultaana LaKiana Myke Freeman, "the 35-year-old Florida mother of two and convert to Islam, has taken the state to court because it has refused to issue her a new driver's license unless she agrees to be photographed with her face revealed. For...

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