Islam

New Ismaili Muslim Center Opens in Texas

June 24, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 24, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that Prince Karim Aga Khan, spiritual leader of world's 15 million Ismaili Muslims, dedicated a new center [in Sugar Land, Texas] to 'peace, humility, reflection and prayer'...    The Aga Khan... attended the opening of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, along with Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace, Gov. Rick Perry and other state leaders...  The $ 10 million center is not only the newest center for the American Muslim community, it also will serve as national headquarters for the...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 24, 2002

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On June 24, 2002, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured a letter to the Editor from Rabbi James Gibson, responding to the comments of Rev. Vines. "I am the senior rabbi of Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill and have worked to improve inter-group relations in Pittsburgh for the last 14 years. I am shocked at Mr. Vines' callous disregard for interfaith sensibilities as well as his ignorance about Islam... Every person of faith, regardless of their belief, should demand a public retraction of Mr. Vines' statement. Neither explanation...

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American Jews Respond To FBI Warning

June 23, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On June 23, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "songs, food, and prayer filled Boston-area synagogues during yesterday's Sabbath services as usual, despite Friday's FBI warning of possible fuel tank attacks on American synagogues or Jewish schools... Police departments in Boston, Brookline, Newton, and Sharon have all been contacting local synagogues and schools to tell them to be on heightened alert after captured Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters mentioned a plot to attack American synagogues or schools in recent interviews by the...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 23, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A26419-2002Jun21.html

On June 23, 2002, The Washington Post featured the editorial "Back to the Bully Pulpit." It noted, "Some people who follow these things say no one should be surprised by the anti-Muslim bigotry of a former leader of the Southern Baptist Convention. Maybe ... we shouldn't have been shocked, only disgusted. What is surprising, and more than disappointing, is the...

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Mall of America Opens Interfaith Meditation and Prayer Room for Employees

June 21, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On June 21, 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported the opening of the Mall of America's "new meditation room. Opened in late February, the 400-square-foot space is designed for use by employees of any faith, or those just wanting a quiet place... The Mall Area Religious Council [in Minnesota] advised management in setting up the sparsely furnished room for multifaith use. The space includes two foot-washing stalls, shelves for shoes and prayer rugs, and a painted compass on one wall, which assist Muslims in their...

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Discrimination Against Muslim Americans Down in Maine

June 18, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/169/metro/Anti_Muslim_acts_drop_in_Maine+.shtml

On June 18, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "while incidents of racial and religious intolerance directed toward Muslims living in Maine have decreased since Sept. 11, they are continuing, according to a study released yesterday by the University of Southern Maine's Center...

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School Guard's Friday Prayer Accommodated

June 18, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/3492166.htm

On June 18, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "a Muslim security officer at Olney High School accused the Philadelphia School District yesterday of violating his civil rights by refusing to let him leave campus each Friday afternoon to pray at a mosque... Milton McGriff, a school district spokesman, said officials were...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 16, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On June 16, 2002, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "some of the many Baptists affiliated with other conventions and associations - as well as some Southern Baptists at the grass-roots level - worry about the image" Jerry Vines presented in his hateful remarks about Islam and its founder at the Southern Baptist Convention. "Vines and other top leaders of the Southern Baptists, the largest Protestant denomination in the country, aren't necessarily representative of all the churchgoers at the grass-roots level......

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Boston Suburb Hosts Local Forum on Discrimination Against Arab-Americans

June 16, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On June 16, 2002 The Boston Globe reported on the upcoming forum "After 9/11: Freedom and Tolerance in the US and Watertown," in Watertown, MA. The event "is sponsored by the Justice with Peace Task Force of Watertown Citizens for Environmental Safety and The World in Watertown... The idea for the forum came from a woman of Russian descent, Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin, who heard... stories from her Arab-American friends who were having problems... Two guest speakers will address civil liberties issues and fighting...

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