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Florida Muslim-Americans Question Media Representation of Muslims

September 22, 2002

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miami/news/local/4125342.htm

On September 22, 2002 The Miami Herald reported that "officials from Islamic organizations in Florida gathered Saturday to look for ways they could influence some Americans' perceptions of Muslims in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. At a conference... in Davie [FL], the officials showed visible anger at the detention of three Muslim students on Alligator Alley nine days ago and the...

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2000 Glenmary Research Center Survey of Religious Congregations in America

September 21, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On September 21, 2002, The San Francisco Chronicle featured an article on the Glenmary study. "Nationally, the study reflected growing spiritual diversity in the United States by including such once-exotic faiths as Islam, Buddhism and Zorastrianism for the first time...     But the way the study counted American Muslims - and did not include millions of African American Christians - has sparked a statistical brouhaha... Researchers estimated Friday that the report, titled 'Religious Congregations and Membership in the...

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Government Officials Continue to Encourage "Tipsters"

September 21, 2002

Source: The Washington Times

On September 21, 2002 The Washington Times reported on "the incident surrounding the Georgia woman who called police last week after overhearing three men apparently talking about committing a terrorist act in Miami [FL] has raised concern among government officials that her experience might discourage other tipsters. Eunice Stone's tip proved to be a false alarm, but authorities, including Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, commended Mrs. Stone for her actions. Some Muslim groups called her a racist, saying she acted on her prejudice...

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Islamic Group to Convert Detention Center into Religious Campus

September 21, 2002

Source: The Buffalo News

On September 21, 2002 The Buffalo News reported that "an Islamic group that owns the former Masten Park detention center [in NY] is seeking city permits to convert the cavernous facility into a religious campus. Tentative plans call for the complex near Timon Street to be transformed into a mosque, school and boarding school. The application was submitted Sept. 12 and will be reviewed by city permit and inspection officials over the next two weeks, said David Krug, a city planning coordinator."

Update: Community Rebuilds Vandalized Ohio Mosque

September 21, 2002

Source: The Beacon Journal

http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/4121501.htm

On September 21, 2002 The Beacon Journal reported that "In the early morning hours, possibly between 4 and 6 a.m., someone rammed the main entrance... to the Kent Mosque... with a piece of wood, leaving a sizable hole in the glass door. It was the second time in less than a week that an [Kent, OH] area mosque has been the target of vandalism. Kent police said a preliminary investigation...

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Inmates Discover Community in Islam

September 21, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On September 21, 2002 The New York Times reported that "since Sept. 11, more prisoners than usual have been stepping into the mosque... At... the Eastern New York Correctional Facility... about a quarter of the 1,000 inmates are Muslims. Most of the prison's Muslims are African-Americans who are converts to the religion, and almost all of them converted in prison. Islam has grown significantly as a factor in prison life in the past generation, said Robert Johnson, chairman of the department of justice, law and society at...

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Arab Brothers Accuse Police of Constitutional Rights Violations

September 20, 2002

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/locway/suit20_20020920.htm

On September 20, 2002 The Detroit Free Press reported that "a lawsuit accuses Waterford [IL] Police Department officers of using their power to 'attack and terrorize' three Arab brothers who were operating a neighborhood ice-cream truck. The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges constitutional rights violations, ethnic intimidation, assault, false imprisonment and negligence."

2000 Glenmary Research Center Survey of Religious Congregations in America

September 20, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On September 20, 2002, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on the inclusion of statistics on Muslims in America in the new Glenmary study. "Muslim leadership across the country provided an estimation of what non-Muslims would call 'mosque membership' county by county across the nation...    'It is good they are counting us, but we don't even have memberships, all are welcome at the mosques,' said Imam Waheed Rana, a founder of the Islamic Foundation of St. Louis.    So, Muslim figures are labeled estimates throughout the...

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Hate Crime Statistics Soar in California

September 19, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On September 19, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "the number of hate crimes reported in California jumped 15.5 percent to a record high last year, fueled by anti-Arab sentiment after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Attorney General Bill Lockyer said Wednesday. 'Hate crimes based on religion declined or remained nearly steady in all categories except anti-Islamic hate-crimes, which soared,' Lockyer said as he released his report, 'Hate Crime in California 2001.' Arabs and Muslims bore the brunt of the...

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Update: Virginia Mosque Vandalized

September 19, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On September 19, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "local Muslim leaders said that weekend vandalism in which racial obscenities and swastikas were spray-painted on a wall of a new mosque in Sterling [Virginia] would not delay its opening in October. Adams Center leaders had increased security at the nearly completed mosque... around Sept. 11[2002]... [but] when nothing had happened by Friday, they relaxed security measures. On Sept. 11, 2001, vandals spray-painted violent messages on walls, carpets and doors of another...

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Muslims Protest Against Adult Film Sex Life of the Prophet Muhammad

September 18, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On September 18, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "about 100 Houston-area Muslims peacefully protested an adult cinema Wednesday, upset over a film advertised as Sex Life of the Prophet Muhammad in a weekly newspaper. Several of the protesters acknowledged they had not seen the film, citing religious beliefs that prevented them from entering the building. The theater's manager, who declined to give his name, said the owner contracted an exclusive run of the film. Some protesters agreed the theater had a right to...

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2000 Glenmary Research Center Survey of Religious Congregations in America

September 18, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On September 18, 2002, The New York Times reported on "the study, 'Religious Congregations and Membership: 2000'... Because the Census Bureau does not ask about religion, some scholars regard this study, first done in 1971, as the most comprehensive assessment available of the changes in American religious affiliation. The study is based on self-reporting by religious groups, a method that the study's authors acknowledge is imprecise because religious groups can inflate their numbers. The study was conducted by Glenmary...

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Missouri Muslims Commemorate and Comment on Backlash

September 16, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On September 16, 2002 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "about a hundred people... gathered Sunday at the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis... for an interfaith prayer service to honor the Sept. 11 victims and express religious solidarity against terrorism. While St. Louis-area Muslims say they have generally been treated well, several people who attended the service expressed dismay at what they say is a growing backlash against Islamic communities across the country. According to a USA Today-CNN-Gallup...

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