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Launch of Progressive Muslim Union of North America

October 9, 2004

Source: The Register Gaurd

Wire Service: AP

http://www.registerguard.com/news/2004/10/09/f4.rel.muslim.1009.html

On October 9, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "on Nov. 15, as the holy month of Ramadan is expected to end, a group of mostly young Muslims plans to launch the Progressive Muslim Union of North America in New York. As their name suggests, the organization will take positions that conservatives consider...

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Euro-American Converts to Islam

October 8, 2004

Source: PBS

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week806/profile.html

On October 8, 2004 PBS reported, "the number of Muslims in the U.S. are variously estimated at between two and six million -- or more. About half are immigrants, and most of the rest, African Americans. [PBS provided] a profile today of two Caucasian converts who were attracted to Islam when they were living abroad. They spoke with correspondent Bob Faw about why they adopted their new...

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Faith-School Partnerships in Philadelphia

October 6, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.cnn.com/2004/EDUCATION/10/06/philadelphia.schools.ap/index.html

On October 6, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "the head of the Philadelphia school district has created a task force of religious leaders to establish closer ties with faith-based groups, a move critics say risks violating the separation between church and state. Paul Vallas, the district's chief executive officer, said the panel could help...

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Opponents to Boston Mosque Launch Website in Support of Cause

October 5, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/10/05/groups_website_challenges_mosque/

On October 5, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "a group opposing the Islamic Society of Boston's proposed $22 million mosque in Roxbury yesterday launched a website citing published allegations that the society is linked to terrorists and accusing it of teaching a radical Islamic message. Organizers...

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Local Columnist Speaks Out Against Muslim Hate Crimes

October 5, 2004

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/news/editorial/9835183.htm

On October 5, 2004 St. Paul Pioneer Press provided a report in response to recent acts of vandalism at a local Islamic center. "The vast majority of Americans, we believe, are smart enough to understand that while the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were indeed carried out by Muslim extremists, their views are a minority among the estimated 1 billion Muslims...

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Troubling Results from CAIR’s Poll on Attitudes Towards Muslims in US

October 5, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7097-2004Oct4.html?referrer=email

On October 5, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "one in four Americans holds a negative stereotype of Muslims, and almost one-third respond with a negative image when they hear the word 'Muslim,' according to a new national poll commissioned by a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group. Officials with the Council on American-Islamic...

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In FL , Arab Americans Rally for Change in White House

October 4, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/yahoo/la-na-arab04oct04,1,2594908.story

On October 4, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported that, "on Sunday night, a surprising new ethnic thread wove itself into Florida's ever-complicated political fabric: the frustrated Arab American. Business owners, physicians, lawyers and others — furious over the Bush administration's post-Sept. 11 policies that many believe unfairly target Muslims and Arab...

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Commentary: Conflicting Advice on Politics From the Pulpit

October 3, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Press Release

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=14127

On October 3, 2004 the The First Amendment Press Release reported, "for anyone who cares about the First Amendment, the question of church involvement in partisan politics should be a principled discussion of tax exemption for religious groups, church-state relations, and the meaning of free exercise of religion in America. But for partisans on both sides of...

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Interfaith Coalition Support Initiative to Ban Same Sex Marriages in Oregon

October 2, 2004

Source: Gazette Times

http://www.gazettetimes.com/articles/2004/10/03/news/religion/satrel01.txt

On October 2, 2004 Gazette Times reported, "today, members of First Congregational United Church of Christ and First United Methodist Church will be out in Corvallis knocking on doors to persuade people to vote against ballot Measure 36 — an initiative to define marriage in the Oregon Constitution as being only between one man and one woman. But in...

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Denver Airport Ok's Religious Headwear for Employee Photos

October 2, 2004

Source: Rock Mountain News

http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_3224918,00.html

On October 2, 2004 Rock Mountain News reported, "Denver International Airport says it believes it has resolved a dispute over Muslim women and Sikh men being ordered to remove their religious headwear for identification photos. Employee complaints over the practice led to a federal mediation service sending a representative to the airport...

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Disputing Members of OH Gurdwara Fast in Protest

October 2, 2004

Source: The Plain Dealer

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/109670961269311.xml

On October 2, 2004 The Plain Dealer reported, "Members of a Sikh faction locked out of their temple after recent violent episodes turned Friday to their religion's tradition of nonviolence - fasting and prayer - to try to reopen the building... The fast is in protest of the temporary closing of the temple, a move that is...

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Controversial TV Show, "Faith Under Fire" Explores Faith and Ethics

October 1, 2004

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/falsani/cst-nws-fals01.html

On October 1, 2004 the Chicago Sun Times reported, "Lee Strobel, a former teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington and author of the best-selling book The Case for Christ, chronicling his 1981 conversion from atheism to Christianity, is seated behind the wood-toned 'Faith Under Fire' anchor desk perusing his notes and practicing his introductory lines...

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