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Religions Struggle with Appropriate 9/11 Memorial

August 31, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On August 31, 2002 The Seattle Times reported that "religions [are struggling] for appropriate ways to mark the 1st anniversary of attacks... One year after pastors, rabbis and imams struggled for the appropriate words to comfort a shocked and wounded nation, they are grasping again for just the right words to mourn the loss, acknowledge the pain and look to the future. Finding that religious-cultural balance one year later can be precarious, many liturgists said. Many bristle at the notion of using the anniversary to rekindle...

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Reflections at the Islamic Society of North America's Convention

August 31, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On August 31, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported "some 35,000 followers of the prophet Mohammed are gathered at the Washington Convention Center for the 39th annual meeting of the Islamic Society of North America... The four-day meeting began... with a prayer for the victims of Sept. 11, then quickly turned into a call for American Muslims to assert their rights as U.S. citizens. 'Stand up for justice -- don't hide or run away,' said Muhammad Nur Abdullah, the president of the Muslim group. Thousands of Muslim...

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Los Angeles Unites all Faiths to Remember September 11

August 30, 2002

Source: Copley News Service

On August 30, 2002 Copley News Service reported that Sheriff Lee Baca of Los Angeles "announced Thursday he will mark the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with an interfaith prayer vigil designed to promote harmony between religious faiths...

���Representatives of Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Islam, Jewish, Hindu and other faiths will convene that day ... The 'Towers of Faith Prayer Vigil' event, which is open to the public, is seen as a way of celebrating the region's religious, ethnic and...

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Hate Crimes Increase in Florida After 9/11

August 30, 2002

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On August 30, 2002 St. Petersburg Times reported "hate crimes in Florida increased by 24 percent last year, with the surge tied to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the backlash against Middle Eastern immigrants and Muslim places of worship. 'If it hadn't been for Sept. 11, we would have seen another overall decrease this year,' said Attorney General Bob Butterworth. 'Generally I'm encouraged by the pattern... But as everyone knows, Sept. 11 changed a lot of things.' Law enforcement officials said many threats intended for...

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Central Florida's Muslims and Arab-Americans Reach Out

August 30, 2002

Source: Orlando Sentinel

On August 30, 2002 the Orlando Sentinel reported that "central Florida's Muslims and Arab-Americans plan to commemorate the Sept. 11 anniversary with several events that they say will reaffirm their heritage and commitment to peace and unity in the United States. 'When people don't know you, it leads to ignorance. Ignorance leads to hate, and hate may lead to violence,' said Muhammad Quadir, a native of Kenya and naturalized U.S. citizen. The Islamic community's events will culminate Sept. 11 with a minute of silence at area mosques...

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American Muslims Ready for More Dialogue

August 29, 2002

Source: Ctnow

On August 29, 2002 Ctnow reported that "many [American Muslims] are preparing to talk, even more, about their religion, having been thrust into the role of unofficial spokesmen for Islam, caught between those who use Islam to justify terrorism and those who equate it with the terrorist attacks. An August survey of 945 Muslim American households, by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, found that 57 percent experienced bias or discrimination after the 9/11 attacks. Also, 79 percent reported acts of kindness and support from...

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On Being Jewish or Muslim at Kansas University

August 29, 2002

Source: University Daily Kansan

On August 29, 2002 University Daily Kansan reported on the challenges of non-Christian groups on [the Kansas University] campus. It reported on difficulties such as "Jay Lewis, executive director of the KU Hillel Foundation, explained that [having classes during holy days] was a problem for the Jewish students in early fall... 'The high holidays -- Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur -- come so early in the school year,' Lewis said. 'That's a day that students should spend all day in a synagogue. It's hard to just take days off.'...

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Jewish-Muslim Doubles Team Plays at U.S. Open in New York

August 29, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On August 29, 2002 The Associated Press reported that a "Jewish-Muslim doubles team advances at U.S. Open... Amir Hadad is from Israel and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi is from Pakistan. In these troubled times, they play together, concerned less with symbolism than with serves... And the political implications?    'I never even thought of it,' Qureshi said. 'We're just sports. I don't believe to bring religion or politics to tennis. That's the main part of sports. Everybody gets together, people from all religions, backgrounds....

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Transformation of Minnesota's Only Islamic School

August 29, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On August 29, 2002 The Associated Press reported that on the night of September 11, someone draped [Minnesota's Islamic Al-Amal] school in toilet paper, a usually benign prank that struck fear into students, parents and administrators in the context of the terror attacks. Since then, Al-Amal School has been reborn, determined to connect with its neighbors and demystify Islam. 'We felt the need to be more outspoken about the moral aspect and the peaceful aspect of our religion,' said Principal Salah Ayari. When police caught...

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Controversy over Required Reading on Islam at University of North Carolina

August 29, 2002

Source: The Charlotte Observer

On August 29, 2002 The Charlotte Observer reported that "the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond refused to stop seminar conversations about the Quran at the University of North Carolina... The appellate rejection by a three-judge panel upheld a lower-court ruling by a Greensboro, N.C., judge."

Ohio Muslim-American Woman Convicted of Menacing Despite Illegal Traffic Stop and Aggressive Police

August 29, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On August 29, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported "a Belmont County courtroom... judge found Jamilah Ali guilty of aggravated menacing for threatening the deputy sheriffs... in a remote eastern Ohio county... Ali has claimed she was abused after she was ordered from her car at gunpoint in a traffic stop since ruled illegal... and said she feared for her life as she lay in the roadside grit in her hijab, traditional Muslim head-to-toe garb... Belmont County deputies said they felt threatened, too... In October, [a judge] ruled...

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Muslim-Americans and Others Face Scrutiny When Flying

August 28, 2002

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.com/news/799864.asp

On August 28, 2002 MSNBC reported on the "interrogations, body searches and suspicious stares... [and other] indignities endured by air travelers of Arab, Middle Eastern, South Asian and even South American backgrounds... �The airlines deny they have engaged in racial profiling since the Sept. 11 hijack attacks, in which Islamic extremists struck at the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington... �Still,...

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Hospital Managers Encounter Diverse Religious Traditions and Beliefs

August 28, 2002

Source: Hospital Topics

In the Winter, 2002 issue, Hospital Topics reported that "to be effective, [hospital] managers must have a basic understanding of the implications of cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity, as the number of Americans whose culture, ethnicity, and religion differ from those of the American mainstream increases... This means that the expectations and needs of diverse staff and, as important, the various patients treated in [hospitals] must be understood and met to the greatest extent possible... [The article] provides a basic...

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Plans to Attack Florida Islamic Centers Uncovered

August 27, 2002

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/3943196.htm

On August 27, 2002, The Miami Herald reported that Florida "State officers started visiting mosques and schools on Tuesday to assess security and potential threats following the arrest of a doctor accused of plotting to blow up Islamic buildings... Gov. Jeb Bush announced the safety checks on Monday... Muslim leaders told Bush that many of their followers were afraid, and that they wanted to work...

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