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Controversy Over the Call to Prayer Reverberates Across the Nation

April 26, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0404/29/a01-133933.htm

On April 26, 2004 The Detroit News reported, "Next month, Hamtramck will become one of the few cities in the United States where the Islamic call to prayer is broadcast onto public streets. The impact of that decision is reverberating across the nation. Loudspeakers on an old brick building in Hamtramck have become a symbol of the struggle between tolerance and tradition, and...

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VMI Appeal for Prayer Ruling Denied by Supreme Court

April 26, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=13239

On April 26, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "The Supreme Court said today that it wouldn't consider reinstating mealtime prayers at a state-funded military college, turning aside an appeal from Virginia officials who wanted to preserve the tradition. Justice Antonin Scalia blasted his colleagues for refusing to hear the case, arguing that it raised important church-...

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In Washington, Thousands Join in Pro-Choice March

April 25, 2004

Source: Woman's e-News

http://www.womensenews.com/article.cfm/dyn/aid/1803/context/archive

On April 25, 2004 Woman's e-News reported, "An unprecedented number of pro-choice activists protesting the government's persistent effort to chip away at women's health and reproductive rights gave New York Senator Hillary Clinton a rousing welcome earlier today on the national mall. Saying that the last national reproductive rights march in 1992 had ushered in...

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Assyrian Diaspora Lobbies for Change from CA

April 24, 2004

Source: The Los Angeles Garment and Citizen

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=074c9392c49e003dfab8455e3919d660

On April 24, 2004 The Los Angeles Garment and Citizen published a profile of Pierre Toulakany, a Los Angeles property owner who traces his family roots to the Assyrians, an ethnic Christian group located primarly in modern day Iraq. "The waves of Assyrians immigrants to the U.S. first...

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Two Cities Struggle To Accomodate Muslim Populations in Michigan

April 24, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2004/editorial/0404/24/d05-132115.htm

On April 24, 2004 The Detroit News reported, "In Dearborn, the American Muslim Society has asked that city offices close on Eid al-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha, two Islamic holy days. Advocates say granting the holidays would show respect for the city’s growing Arab-American population. Dearborn’s Legal Department is reviewing the request for the City Council... The best...

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Islamic Group Joins Jews and Christians to Lobby Social Justice in Minn.

April 23, 2004

Source: The Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/4738045.html

On April 23, 2004 The Star Tribune reported, "The Islamic Center of Minnesota joined with Jews, Catholics and mainline Protestants on Tuesday to lobby for certain social justice issues in the state. The center, one of the state's most influential Islamic organizations, signed on as a member of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) in a ceremony attended by 75 of the state's religious...

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Interior Minister: Country Must Train Imams in Moderate Islam

April 23, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1201448,00.html

On April 23, 2004 The Guardian reported, "The French interior minister, Dominique de Villepin, said yesterday that the country must urgently begin training Muslim clerics in a moderate Islam that respects human rights and the republican code. Addressing a meeting of local prefects a day after he deported an Algerian imam who was in favour of stoning women, Mr. De...

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Editorial: Local Human Rights Abuses Largely Absent at Amnesty Conference

April 23, 2004

Source: The Weekly Thikana

http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=1398

On April 23, 2004 The Weekly Thikana reported, "Although Amnesty International U.S. Chapter’s annual conference held this month focused on upholding human rights, no mention was made of the current repression of Muslim immigrants in the United States, save for three immigrants – an Arab American, and Indian American and an Afghani American – who described the dangerous...

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Farrakhan Challenges African-Americans to Fight Poverty

April 23, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0404/23/d06-131695.htm

On April 23, 2004 The Detroit News reported, "Minister Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam, challenged a group of African-American spiritual leaders Thursday to do more to end religious divisions and focus on practical problems of poverty and despair. 'That’s the failure of religion,'he admonished. 'You have a book, but you don’t make...

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Interfaith Alliance Rejects Proposed Marriage Amendment

April 22, 2004

Source: The Interfaith Alliance

http://www.interfaithalliance.org/News/News.cfm?ID=5333&c=37

On April 22, 2004 The Interfaith Alliance reported, "Today, The Interfaith Alliance, the nation’s largest interfaith organization called on the United States Congress to reject a proposed amendment to the Constitution, known as the Federal Marriage Amendment." The organization released a statement saying, in part: "As a mainstream religious organization of over...

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Hundreds of Teens to Participate in Interfaith Service in Chicago

April 22, 2004

Source: The Pioneer Press

http://www.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-story/localnews/current/sk/04-22-04-278078.html

On April 22, 2004 The Pioneer Press reported, "Area teens will have a chance to meet and work with teenagers of other faiths Sunday when they take part in the National Day of Youth Service. The event, sponsored by the Interfaith Youth Corps, will bring together teenagers in 20 cities including an estimated 400 in the...

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Muslim Scholars Praise Boxer Muhammad Ali for Teaching Tolerance

April 21, 2004

Source: The Courier Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2004/04/21ky/A1-ali0421-8253.html

On April 21, 2004 The Courier Journal reported, "Growing up in Iran in the 1970s, Omid Safi knew of only one Muslim outside of his native country: Muhammad Ali. Safi, along with other Muslim scholars from Asia and the United States, met the former heavyweight boxing champion in person yesterday in Ali's native Louisville. Ali, they said, set a...

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Interfaith Group Lobbies for Drug Reforms to Aid the Poor

April 21, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2004/04/21/groups_push_drug_makers_to_help_poor/

On April 21, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "A coalition of faith-based investor groups has persuaded drug maker Schering-Plough Corp. to improve its program providing free and discounted medicines to the poor and is making similar demands on other major pharmaceutical companies. The Interfaith Center on...

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