Islam

Muslim Student Associations Grow at Washington, DC Area High Schools

June 2, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On June 2, 2002 The Washington Post featured an article on Muslim Student Associations at area high schools. The article included a report of recent activities of the MSA at Broad Run High School in Maryland whose members are part of a "growing group of committed Muslim students in Loudoun County schools."

Indian and Pakistani Immigrants Live Together Peacefully in America

June 1, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On June 1, 2002 The New York Times featured the article "The Distant Drums of War; In Queens, Indians and Pakistanis Live in Harmony" about the immigrant South Asian community in Queens, NY. "More than 200,000 Pakistani and Indian immigrants live in New York City, according to the latest census figures. And if the everyday rhythm of life on 74th Street, in the commercial center of the city's growing South Asian population, tells the tale of coexistence, theirs is a peaceful one... [But] there is worry, if not division, on 74th...

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Tennessee Buddhists and Muslims Unite with Christian Groups to Fight State Lottery

June 1, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 1, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported Muslims and Buddhists are joining Southern Baptists and other Christians in a campaign to persuade Tennessee voters to reject a state lottery... 'There's probably not any other issue, except maybe Sept. 11, that would pull all these groups together,' said the Rev. Skip Armistead, a United Methodist pastor in Madison and a chairman of the Gambling Free Tennessee Alliance... The anti-lottery forces are led by the Southern Baptists and United Methodists, representing some 4,300...

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At Harvard, Controversy Over "American Jihad" Speech

May 31, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/151/metro/Harvard_student_retitles_jihad_speech+.shtml

On May 31, 2002, The Boston Globe reported that Zayed Yasin, "a Harvard Univeristy senior, agreed yesterday to drop the title for his commencement speech. 'The American Jihad,' after it sparked criticism from hundreds of Harvard students... After two days of negotiations with a representative of Harvard's Jewish community...

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New Islamic Community Center Nears Opening in Central Ohio

May 31, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On May 31, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "an Islamic community center nearing completion in Hilliard [Ohio] has been designed to blend quietly into the neighborhood, without using minarets and other distinctive features of mosques in Muslim nations, its architect and developer said... Still, the Noor Center... incorporates religious features important to central Ohio's rapidly growing Muslim population, which has long felt a shortage of space for communal worship and cultural activities... The trustees emphasize...

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At Harvard, Controversy Over "American Jihad" Speech

May 31, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36841-2002May30.html

On May 31, 2002, The Washington Post featured an article on the controversial commencement speech by Harvard Univeristy student Zayed M. Yasin. The "Muslim American student said today that he intended [his speech] to inspire and unite his fellow Harvard University graduates... His...

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Bay Area Leaders Speak Out Against Rise in Anti-Semitism

May 31, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On May 31, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "several Bay Area mayors joined Jewish leaders... to condemn a surge in anti-Semitic incidents - temple arson, vandalism and slurs - that coincide with rising tensions in the Middle East... Mayors from San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and other cities initiated a campaign called 'No Place for Hate' with the Anti-Defamation League. Their first act was to put a full-page ad in The Chronicle in which they pledged to enforce hate-crime laws... Despite the...

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Muslim and Elected Leaders Condemn Anti-Semitic Graffiti in Worcester, MA

May 30, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On May 30, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that political and religious leaders in Worcester [MA] condemned the spray painting of swastikas on the outside of City Hall and others found across from US Representative James McGovern's office... 'I think when acts of hate like this occur, it's important for the community to come together and condemn it,' said McGovern. 'I don't think we can let these acts of anti-Semitism go unchallenged'... McGovern said it was disappointing after the community had come together after the...

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Arson at New Muslim Restaurant Weeks before Opening

May 30, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On May 30, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that in Columbus, Ohio the United Muslim Cafe, a new restaurant that was within weeks of opening was purposefully set on fire. Two other properties in the area were also burned. "Columbus fire investigators say they have no idea who set the fires or whether they are related. They wouldn't detail how they know it's arson."

Suspicious Fire at San Diego Islamic Center

May 29, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On May 29, 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "detectives investigating a suspicious fire and explosion Saturday at the Islamic Center of San Diego say there is no indication the incident was a hate crime... The center has been the target of hate crimes and vandalism since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, police say."

At Harvard, Controversy Over "American Jihad" Speech

May 29, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/149/metro/At_Harvard_a_word_sparks_a_battle+.shtml

On May 29, 2002, The Boston Globe featured the article "At Harvard, a word sparks a battle." It reported that "Harvard University senior Zayed Yasin says his upcoming graduation-day speech, titled 'The American Jihad,' will be a call to action, not a call to war. But Yasin's planned use of the term jihad ... has triggered a...

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EEOC Issues Worksheets to Prevent Continued Rise in Workplace Backlash

May 27, 2002

Source: Sacramento Bee

http://www.eeoc.gov

On May 27, 2002 the Sacramento Bee reported that "the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is moving to stem the rise of workplace discrimination against Muslims, Arabs, South Asians and Sikhs.

The EEOC has instituted a new data base code... [to] track the number of charges received by members of these groups who believe they are experiencing what the agency calls 'backlash discrimination' as a result of the events of Sept. 11... As...

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Editorial: "Muslims Due Place at Table"

May 26, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/editions/orange/la-000037127may26.story?null

On May 26, 2002 the Los Angeles Times featured an editorial by Shabbir Mansuri, the founding director of the Fountain Valley-based Council on Islamic Education. In the wake of recent struggles within the Muslim-American community, the editorial calls American Muslims to have an active "voice in civic matters... Islamic values compel Muslims to work for...

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