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For Airport Screeners, More Training about Muslims

January 9, 2007

Author: Alexandra Marks

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0109/p02s01-ussc.html

NEW YORK -- Say you're a security screener at the airport. You notice a large group of people wearing white robes, speaking a strange language. The women have head scarves and the men long beards. They look nervous. One of them is holding a Koran. Another appears to be praying. What do you do?

According to the Transportation...

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Imams to Hold Special Meeting on Vandalism Incidents

January 9, 2007

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070109/UPDATE/701090438

DETROIT -- Imams from across Metro Detroit will meet Wednesday in Dearborn Heights to discuss a spate of vandalism in the Warrendale area. Many local Muslims who are originally from Iraq believe they may have been targeted.

While community leaders stress that until the perpetrators of the damage...

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3 Men Cleared In Port Scare 'Treated Like Animals'

January 9, 2007

Source: local10.com

http://www.local10.com/news/10703815/detail.html

MIAMI -- Three Middle Eastern men who were arrested and later had charges against them dropped over a brief terrorism scare at the Port of Miami on Sunday said they were unfairly targeted because of their ethnicity and creed.

Amar Al-Hadad said he was "humiliated, disrespected (and) treated real badly just because my name is an Arabic name and I'm a Muslim."

The Iraqi-born Al-Hadad cried...

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Muslims Protest Shift by the School Board

January 9, 2007

Author: Gina Davis

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/education/bal-md.co.board09jan09,0,6308888.story

Area Muslim leaders are protesting a change in the Baltimore County school board's policy on public comments at board meetings, saying that using a lottery system to determine who can address the panel stifles their criticism of education policies.

Leaders of the Baltimore-based...

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Students Trade Lessons on Faith

January 8, 2007

Author: Marc Benjamin

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/263/story/22976.html

Valley high school students are banding together to gain a stronger understanding of one another's religious faiths and traditions.

The Interfaith Youth Alliance held its initial meeting Sunday at the Islamic Cultural Center in northeast Fresno. The event brought about 20 students together from about a half-dozen local high schools.

The group...

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Anti-Hate Forum Planned in Fremont

January 8, 2007

Author: Lisa Fernandez

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/16413135.htm

Moina Shaiq wants more people to smile at her.

And the 47-year-old Pakistani born mother of four plans to tell hundreds of people that Thursday evening at an anti-hate forum in Fremont.

"If I get poor service at a restaurant, or a certain kind of look, I am always second guessing,'' Shaiq said. "Is it because I...

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Morocco Reporters Defend Article

January 8, 2007

Author: Richard Hamilton

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6239825.stm

A Moroccan magazine editor accused of defaming Islam and damaging morality by printing articles about religious jokes has defended his position in court.

Nichane magazine's Driss Ksikes, who is on trial in Casablanca with magazine journalist Sanaa al-Aji, denied the articles were intended be offensive.

The prosecutor urged sentences of three to five...

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Buddhist Congresswoman Sworn in, Urges Tolerance

January 6, 2007

Author: Dennis Camire

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=60,3603,0,0,1,0

WASHINGTON, USA -- While a new, Muslim member of Congress sparked a controversy for taking his oath of office with a Quran instead of a Bible on Thursday, another new member who is Buddhist was sworn in with no book at all.

Rep. Mazie Hirono, a Hawaii Democrat who was raised in the Buddhist tradition, said, "I don't have a...

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Metro Area Muslims give Homeless a Hearty Donation

January 5, 2007

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070105/LIFESTYLE04/701050358/1005/LIFESTYLE

BLOOMFIELD HILLS -- Over the next several days, the hungry in Metro Detroit will be eating a meat not often available at homeless shelters and soup kitchens -- ample servings of lamb.

The donation of 14,000 pounds of mostly lamb comes from Muslims throughout Metro...

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U.S. Deports Imam for Supporting Terrorist Group

January 5, 2007

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/209/story_20905_1.html

DETROIT, Jan. 5 - A Muslim religious leader convicted of lying about his ties to a group labeled as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government has been deported, immigration authorities said Friday.

Fawaz Damra, who served as imam at Ohio's largest mosque, the Islamic Center of Cleveland in Parma, was convicted in June 2004 of concealing...

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