Islam

Mosque Grand Opening Attracts Area Leaders in Utah

June 15, 2002

Source: The Deseret News

On June 15, 2002 The Deseret News reported on "the grand opening of the newly expanded Khadeeja Masjid in West Valley City, [Utah]. The expansion of the mosque triples its size and adds a copper-colored dome... Gov. Michael Leavitt, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, University of Utah President Bernie Machen and Elder Cree-L Kofford ... of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are among those scheduled to attend the grand opening. The public is also invited... [Area] Muslims now number somewhere between 15,000 and 20,...

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Increase in Hate Crimes in Texas

June 15, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 15, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "hate crimes reported in Texas rose 50 percent last year with dramatic jumps in those aimed at Arabs and Hispanics, the Texas Department of Public Safety reported."

"Muslim Girls' Sports Camp" in California

June 15, 2002

Source: Azizah

http://www.mwlusa.org/

On June 15, 2002 Azizah reported that "two weeks every summer, for the past four years, Muslim girls between the ages of seven and 16 have come together to participate in... the Muslim Girls' Sports Camp... in Pasadena, [CA]. Established by the Muslim Women's League, the girls' sports camp is the only one of its kind in the country and offers Muslim girls a chance to learn the skills of various sports."

National Interfaith Alliance Expands Membership and Programs

June 15, 2002

Source: New York Daily News

On June 15, 2002 the New York Daily News featured an article on "the Interfaith Alliance, with headquarters in Washington, [which] claims 150,000 members who represent 69 faiths, ranging (alphabetically) from African Methodist Episcopal to Zoroastrian, a religion dating to ancient Persia. Members represent themselves, not their denominations... [and membership] grew by 20,000 last year alone... The alliance was founded in 1994 to counter the political activities of the religious right... The Interfaith Alliance plans to...

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Muslim Summer Youth Camps

June 15, 2002

Source: Azizah

On June 15, 2002 Azizah reported that "for many Muslim Americans, summer camps are also a seasonal tradition. While some parents may enroll their children in camps with a focus on outdoor activities, a particular sport or art and crafts, an increasing number of parents are seeking out summer camps operated by and for Muslims. Endeavoring to instill Islamic attitudes and values in their children, many parents see these summer camps as non-threatening, fun-filled environments in which to accomplish their objectives."

Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 14, 2002

Source: The Interfaith Alliance

http://www.interfaithalliance.org/Newsroom/press/2002/020614.htm

On June 14, 2002, The Interfaith Alliance issued a press release regarding the comments made by Rev. Vines. "Dr. David Currie, Executive Director of Texas Baptists Committed and a board member with The Interfaith Alliance responded to Vines’ remarks with dismay, 'As a Southern Baptist, I find Rev. Vines’ words to be grossly inappropriate. They demonstrate...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 13, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On June 13, 2002 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported "St. Louis clergy protest remarks on Islam made at convention." The article noted that "area religious leaders gathered at Christ Church Cathedral downtown Wednesday to call for a retraction of remarks made about Islam at the convention by the Rev. Jerry Vines, former president of the denomination. ... Local leaders of the Episcopal, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Presbyterian, United Methodist, Disciples of Christ, and Baptist faiths and other community leaders joined together...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 13, 2002

Source: People for the American Way

http://www.pfaw.org/news/press.asp?id=415

On June 13, 2002, People for the American Way issued a press release, "Bush Lauds Southern Baptist Convention After SBC Leader Denounces Religious Pluralism, Islam." The statement noted that, "On June 11, President George W. Bush addressed the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) via satellite. While Bush lauded the SBC for upholding the ideals of religious tolerance, civility and the...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 13, 2002

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/latestnews/stories/061302dnmetsbcmuslims.d5f78.html

On June 13, 2002, The Dallas Morning News reported "Baptist's slam on Muhammad repudiated by other faiths." The article noted that the statement about the Prophet Muhammad "was the most recent in a series of conservative Baptist comments and actions over the last 20 years or so that have antagonized one group or another." This included...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 12, 2002

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/Rel_ChStSep_90/4112_90.asp

On June 12, 2002, The Anti-Defamation League issued a press release, "Baptist Leader's Remarks Offensive, Demeaning And Damaging." Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director issued a statement which noted that the recent comments attributed to Rev. Vines "'are offensive, demeaning, and damaging to the American ideals of religious diversity and intergroup civility. They strike a troubling...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 12, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On June 12, 2002 The New York Times reported "Church Head Won't Repudiate Comments." The article noted that "the new head of the Southern Baptist Convention has rejected calls to repudiate what a Muslim group is calling 'bigoted' and 'hate-filled' statements made by one of its pastors. The Rev. Jack Graham, elected the convention's president on Tuesday, said the Rev. Jerry Vines' comments about Islam were 'accurate.' Vines, a former convention president, told conventioners at a pastors' conference Monday that many of this country...

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