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Update: Villa Park Mosque Vandalized

March 12, 2003

Source: CAIR

On March 12, 2003 CAIR reported that "[CAIR] will hold a news conference today to call for an FBI investigation of an attack last night on a Chicago-area mosque that occurred while more than 100 Muslims prayed inside... Police investigators, witnesses and mosque officials told the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) that worshipers heard two loud bangs just after the evening prayer at the Islamic Foundation in Villa Park, one of the largest mosques and Islamic...

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Civil Rights Leaders Urge Muslim Americans to Voice Concerns

March 12, 2003

Source: The Harvard Crimson

On March 12, 2003 The Harvard Crimson reported that "three civil rights leaders urged Muslim Americans and others to speak out against government encroachment on civil liberties at panel at the [Harvard] Divinity School yesterday morning... The discussion, which was part of the two-day Islam in America 2003 conference, focused on violations of American Muslims' civil rights since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks... Panelists said ethnic profiling stemming from restrictive national security measures has become a prominent...

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Update: Villa Park Mosque Vandalized

March 12, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

On March 12, 2003 The Chicago Tribune reported that "Villa Park [IL] police today were investigating what appeared to be the latest act of vandalism at the Islamic Foundation, a mosque in the west suburb... About 150 people were finishing prayers at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday when they heard two loud bangs and saw two indentations and a web of cracked glass appear on a window on the northwest side of the building, said Saqib Qureshi, 25, who was among the worshippers... Villa Park Police Det. John Szkolka said police from Villa Park and...

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New York Iman Explicates Muslim Beliefs to FBI Agents

March 11, 2003

Source: Daily News

On March 11, 2003 the Daily News reported that "in an office in lower Manhattan yesterday blocks from Ground Zero, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf talked about his Muslim beliefs to an unusual audience - a roomful of FBI agents... 'Islamic extremism for the majority of Muslims is an oxymoron,' he explained to the agents... Rauf - imam of the Masjid al-Farah mosque of Tribeca - was speaking as part of an FBI effort to present agents who are the ground troops in the war against terrorism with a view of Islam that avoids stereotypes... It comes as...

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Arrest of Muslim Doctoral Student Worries Area Foreign Students

March 10, 2003

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/03/10/MN41108.DTL

On March 10, 2003 San Francisco Chronicle reported that "a recent predawn arrest of a Muslim doctoral student in Moscow, Idaho, has left residents there wondering if the roughly 100 federal agents who swarmed into their small college town made a major terror-related bust or an alarming blunder... A detention hearing is to be held in Boise on...

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Muslim Women Celebrate International Women's Day

March 10, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-limusl103166000mar10,0,2788189.story

On March 10, 2003 Newsday reported that "they hail from Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Egypt and other nations. They share the same religion: Islam... They gathered yesterday at the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury to celebrate International Women's Day and to talk in part about what it is like to be a Muslim woman in the...

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Iowa: Controversy over North Liberty City Officials Plan to Lease Land Intended for Muslim Youth Camp

March 10, 2003

Source: Des Moines Register

http://desmoinesregister.com/news/stories/c4780934/20691905.html

On March 10, 2003 the Des Moines Register reported that "Muslim Youth Camps of America wants to lease the wooded 106 acres and turn it into Camp Heritage, the nation's first summer camp for Muslim youth. The Cedar Rapids-based nonprofit group envisions a conference center with spectacular views, 10 cabins, a boat dock and a 36-foot prayer tower... Some people hear...

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CAIR to Open Chapter in Arizona

March 6, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0306muslim-ON.html

On March 6, 2003 The Arizona Republic reported that "a national Islamic civil rights organization will open its first office in Arizona today as part of ongoing efforts to improve the image of Muslims in the United States and protect their civil rights... The office of the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will function as a place where Muslims can...

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Muslim Leaders Fear Backlash from Allegations that NY Mosque Financed Terrorism

March 6, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/brooklyn/nyc-nymosq063159183mar06,0,7217083.story

On March 6, 2003 Newsday reported that "a day after allegations that members of a Brooklyn mosque contributed money to terrorists, a Muslim leader said he was happy to report there were no bias incidents against places of worship... But the leader said he was afraid that could quickly change if officials such as U.S. Attorney General...

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Update: Lawmakers Walk Out of Muslim Prayer in Washington State House

March 5, 2003

Source: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/111090_mcmahan05.shtml

On March 5, 2003 The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that "Rep. Lois McMahan will apologize on the state House floor today for comments she made about her decision to sit out a prayer delivered Monday by a Muslim cleric that opened the session, legislative staff members said... McMahan, a Republican from Gig Harbor, did not mean to offend anyone when she...

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Update: Lawmakers Walk Out of Muslim Prayer in Washington State House

March 5, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 5, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "when state lawmaker Lois McMahan chose not to participate in a Muslim prayer at the House of Representatives in Olympia, Wash., it was, she says, for private reasons, and they may have stayed private had she not answered the questions of a reporter... 'It's an issue of patriotism,' McMahan, a conservative Christian, reportedly said. 'The Islamic religion is so ... part and parcel with the attack on America. I just didn't want to be a part of that... Even though the mainstream...

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Muslim Leaders Fear Backlash from Allegations that NY Mosque Financed Terrorism

March 5, 2003

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=7743118A-4316-4498-A66EE8CD69A72325

On March 5, 2003 Voice of America reported that "U.S. investigators say worshippers at a mosque in New York City helped a prominent Yemeni cleric raise millions of dollars to finance terrorism... The allegations, in court papers unsealed Wednesday in a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, focus on the Al-Farouq mosque in Brooklyn and its...

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