International Ramifications of Falwell's Statement on Islam

October 13, 2002

Source: Newsday

On October 13, 2002 Newsday reported that "Muslims and Hindus fought for a second day yesterday in battles ignited after the right-wing Christian leader Jerry Falwell called the prophet Muhammad a terrorist. Nine people have been killed and neighborhoods ravaged in Solapur, 280 miles from Bombay, where Muslims protested that Falwell had insulted the founder of their faith."

Larchmont, Virginia's Cultural Diversity

October 13, 2002

Source: The Virginian-Pilot

On October 13, 2002 The Virginian-Pilot reported that "Larchmont has the highest concentration of foreign-born residents of any neighborhood in Hampton Roads, according to new figures from the 2000 census... it is a hodgepodge of religions: Christian and Muslim and Jewish and Hindu and Buddhist."

Controversy Over Somali Muslim Immigrant Communities in Small N.E. Town

October 13, 2002

Source: Maine Sunday Telegram

On October 13, 2002 the Maine Sunday Telegram reported that "[Mayor Laurier] Raymond finally met with Somali leaders on Friday. While he stopped short of giving them the apology they wanted, he did say he was 'deeply concerned' that so many people misunderstood the intent of his letter, and he managed to soothe hurt feelings... Still, the loaded language in Raymond's letter... insulted most Somalis... who see themselves as hard-working, contributing members of the Lewiston community."

Presbyterians Organize Interfaith Exchanges

October 12, 2002

Source: The Commercial Appeal

On October 12, 2002 The Commercial Appeal reported that "Christians were invited to the prayer service [at the mosque near the banks of the Ohio River] as part of an interfaith listening project organized by the Presbyterian Church (USA)... The church recruited seven teams from overseas, each consisting of one Muslim and one Christian, to visit Presbyterian congregations throughout the United States and - where possible - to bring together members of local churches and mosques."

Reactions to Falwell's Statement "Mohammed was a Terrorist"

October 12, 2002

Source: Capital Times

On October 12, 2002 Capital Times reported that "more than 60 Madison [WI] Muslims held a protest march Friday to counter what they said were bigoted comments by the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who in a TV interview last described the prophet Mohammed as a terrorist. As the group walked up State Street, they sang prayers and some discussed the charged atmosphere in which they were delivering their message of understanding and awareness. Congressional passage of a resolution authorizing President Bush to use force against Iraq created...

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New Study Claims Roughly 3.5 Million Muslims in the U.S.

October 12, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 12, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that "there are as many as 3.5 million Muslims in the United States, according to the latest estimate from a Muslim researcher. That's fewer than other efforts to count the population have found. Mohamed Nimer of the Council on American-Islamic Relations presents his figure in The North American Muslim Resource Guide, the first comprehensive listing and analysis of all types of Muslim organizations in the United States and Canada."

Portland Man Allegedly Supporting Al-Qaida Reveals Planned Attack on American Jews

October 12, 2002

Source: Associated Press

On October 12, 2002 the Associated Press reported on the case of October Lewis and her ex-husband Jeffrey Leon Battle. "Both have been charged with conspiring to wage war against the United States...    Battle also told an FBI informant he wanted to shoot Jews in America, a federal prosecutor alleged at a detention hearing Friday before Judge Ancer Haggerty, who ordered Lewis held in jail until her trial... Battle, Lewis and four others were indicted in Portland last week on charges of conspiring to wage war against U.S. forces in...

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Controversy Over Somali Muslim Immigrant Communities in Small N.E. Town

October 12, 2002

Source: The Record

On October 12, 2002 The Record reported that "the mayor of Lewiston, Maine, on Friday backed away from his earlier statement that a recent, dramatic influx of more than 1,000 Somali refugees was creating an overwhelming financial burden in his city of 36,000. Following a meeting with elders from the Somali community, Mayor Larry Raymond vowed to work to reduce tensions with the hundreds of mostly Muslim families who have migrated to Maine's second-largest city."

Cordial Interfaith Session: Free of Politics

October 12, 2002

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On October 12, 2002 St. Petersburg Times reported that "a cordial interfaith session [was] organized by the [B'nai Israel of St. Petersburg] synagogue's adult studies program. The occasion was studiously free of politics, steering clear of Israel, the Palestinians and other contentious issues. Barry Augenbraun, a member of Congregation B'nai Israel and an active member of the Jewish community, said he was not disappointed that Israel was not discussed."

Debate about Organ Donations

October 12, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 12, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that "the questions of when death begins and when donated organs may be used have raised a thicket of moral issues... The Catholic Church and Islamic groups see such acts as charity. Among Jews, a debate rages. Rabbis from opposing camps continue to vociferously debate when death begins-- at the cessation of neurological functions, known as brain death, or when the heart and respiratory systems fail. The definition is key to organ donations, because doctors using heart-lung...

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Pledge for "Intimidation-Free" Campuses for Jewish Students Debated

October 11, 2002

Source: The Chapel Hill Herald

On October 11, 2002, The Chapel Hill Herald reported that "College presidents who declined to endorse a pledge against campus anti-Semitism... including Nan Keohane at Duke and N.C. State Chancellor Marye Anne Fox - faulted the manifesto for its lack of 'symmetry,' meaning it didn't also decry threats to Arabs and Muslims... UNC's James Moeser was among the nearly 300 college presidents who signed the New York Times advertisement sponsored by the American Jewish Committee... Moeser noted he would have been 'happier' if the...

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Controversy over Required Reading on Islam at University of North Carolina

October 11, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On October 11, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "attorneys for the organization that sued the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill over a summer reading program that included a book about the Quran have filed a new motion. The American Family Association's Center for Law and Policy said in an amended federal court complaint that UNC is attempting to push Islam upon its students. The university is hosting a number of events related to the religion this fall, the complaint said."

CAIR Conducts Sensitivity Training Workshops for Arlington Virginia Schools

October 11, 2002

Source: Council on American Islamic Relations

On October 11, 2002 the Council on American Islamic Relations issued a press release that stated, "TeamWorks, CAIR's diversity training division, today conducted a sensitivity training workshop for Arlington Virginia Public Schools. More than 180 teachers and teacher assistants participated in the training during an in-service for the school district. For more information, contact: Nancy Hanaan Serag at 202-488-8787, ext. 6052"

Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Oct. 2002

October 11, 2002

Source: Rocky Mountain News

On October 11, 2002 Rocky Mountain News reported that "seven Colorado clergy... pleaded for peace at a news conference Thursday on the steps of the Denver City and County Building... the group also included leaders from the Lutheran, Catholic, United Church of Christ and Quaker churches, as well as an imam from a Lakewood mosque. Sister Cecily Jones of the Sisters of Loretto order said more than 130,000 Americans have signed a 'peace pledge' on behalf of Iraq."

Op-Ed: Muslim Charitable Giving

October 11, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On October 11, 2002 The New York Times printed an Op-Ed piece by Salam Al-Marayati, the Executive Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. It stated, "on Wednesday, the government indicted Enaam M. Arnaout, the leader of the Benevolence International Foundation... on charges that he helped finance Osama bin Laden's terrorist activities. While there are still unanswered questions raised by the indictment, if the charges are proved in open court and without secret evidence or sequestered accusers, Mr. Arnaout should be subject...

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