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Muslim Woman Leads Fight Against Discrimination

May 27, 2004

Source: AZ Central

http://www.azcentral.com/news/columns/articles/0527montini27.html

On May 27, 2004 AZ Central reported, "Getting people to see her as an American Muslim has become a full-time job for Deedra Abboud. It has become her career. She is the executive director of the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national organization with its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The job is most difficult on days like Wednesday,...

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Thousands of Students Hop on the Bible Bus

May 27, 2004

Source: The Hook

http://readthehook.com/stories/2004/05/28/coverBibleSchoolsHowWaynes.html

On May 27, 2004 The Hook reported, "Children in grades two through four at Waynesboro's four public elementary schools board the blue-and-white 'Bible bus' 12 times a year to head over to Glovier Methodist Church to learn about the Bible. 'Protestant-- basically Christian-- history' is how Waynesboro Schools Superintendent Lowell Lemons describes the classes...

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ACLU Contests Cross in LA's Historic Symbol

May 27, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=13425

On May 27, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding the removal of a tiny cross that is among historic symbols on Los Angeles County’s official seal. The seal 'prominently depicts a Latin cross, a sectarian religious symbol that represents the beliefs of one segment of the county’s diverse population' and...

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Editorial: Is God Being Left Out of the Classroom?

May 23, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=13377

On May 23, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "Parents of America, beware. Did you know that your children are getting an 'anti-Christian education' in schools 'run by the enemies of God?' That’s the apocalyptic assertion made by lay Baptist leaders T.C. Pinckney and Bruce Shortt in a resolution they’ll submit to the Southern Baptist Convention...

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Manatee School Board Settles on School Prayers

May 23, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=13394

On May 23, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "The Manatee County School Board has settled a federal lawsuit against its practice of saying Christian prayers before meetings. The agreement, which only one member voted against, mirrors guidelines the board set in August. It allows the board to open meetings with a nonsectarian invocation. A court must approve the...

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Update: Hamtramck Officials Wade Through Petitions, Protests on Call to Prayer

May 23, 2004

Source: Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0405/23/b03-160686.htm

On May 23, 2004 Detroit News reported, "A controversial noise ordinance allowing a mosque to broadcast daily Islamic calls to prayer over loud speakers is set to go into effect Wednesday. But it probably won’t go into effect because of a petition protesting the ordinance. But it probably won’t matter because the mosque plans to broadcast the calls to prayer anyway....

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Editorial: Catholic Bishops Lack Consistency in Moral Stances on Social Issues

May 22, 2004

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/oped/chi-0405210348may21,1,6913407.story

On May 22, 2004 the Chicago Tribune reported, "For Catholics, there is no bright line separating 'private'faith from 'public'action. Within the Catholic tradition, the decision whether to vote for one politician or another is as fraught with religious significance as the decision whether to go to church on Sunday. Consequently,...

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In Detroit, Muslim Girls Celebrate Taking the Veil

May 21, 2004

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Wire Service: AP

http://www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw98203_20040521.htm

On May 21, 2004 The Detroit Free Press reported that, at a recent celebration organized by the Muslim Scouts of Michigan at the Islamic House of Wisdom, 43 girls ages 8 to 11 participated in a Takleef festival. The festival marks their entry into spiritual adulthood, a stage where they have accepted the responsibility of the veil...

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For Muslims at AZ Airport, a Place to Wash Before Prayers

May 20, 2004

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0520ablution20.html

On May 20, 2004 The Arizona Republic reported, "When limousine driver Jihad Manfoukh needs a place to clean up before praying, he heads to the taxi and limo holding lot at Sky Harbor International Airport. There, on a blacktop expanse, airport authorities have installed a cleanup station to help Manfoukh and other Muslim drivers meet their...

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Goverment Urges Muslim Leaders to Fight Extremists, Promote "Sense of Pride" in Country

May 20, 2004

Source: The Independent

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=522983

On May 20, 2004 The Independent reported, 'Muslim leaders were urged by the Government yesterday to redouble efforts to counter 'extremists' in their community whose hardline teachings inflame racial tension. The Home Office called for a drive to give all Britons, whatever their colour, a 'sense of pride' in the country and enable them to identify with its national...

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Tolerance Center to Open in New York

May 19, 2004

Source: Architecture Press

http://architecture.press-world.com/v/62823.html

On May 19, 2004 Architecture Press reported, "The New York Tolerance Center (NYTC) is, first of all, a multimedia training facility for professionals--educators, law enforcement officials, and state/local government workers. It is designed to inform these visitors through interactive workshops, exhibits, and videos, about issues of prejudice, diversity, and cooperation in the workplace and...

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