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Update: Sultaana Freeman License Photo Case in Florida

June 10, 2003

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/06/06/florida.license.veil/index.html

On June 10, 2003 CNN reported that a "Florida judge rejected a woman's request to have her face covered by a veil in the photograph on her state driver's license, siding with the state Friday that a favorable ruling could be exploited by terrorists... 'Although the court acknowledges that plaintiff herself most likely poses no threat to national security, there likely are people...

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Judge Rejects Muslim Woman's Request to Wear Veil

June 10, 2003

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/06/06/florida.license.veil/index.html

On June 10, 2003 CNN reported that "a Florida judge rejected [Sultaana Freeman]'s request to have her face covered by a veil in the photograph on her state driver's license, siding with the state Friday that a favorable ruling could be exploited by terrorists... Freeman, wearing a black niqab, refused to comment to reporters. Her husband, Abdul-Maalik Freeman, said his wife would...

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Farms Provide "Safe Havens" for Cows

June 8, 2003

Source: SFGate.com

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2003/06/08/national0135EDT0417.DTL

On June 8, 2003 SFGate.com reported that nine cows "live on Sastri's Lakshmi Cow Sanctuary, one of a scattered web of safe havens across the country protecting the animals from slaughter... For Indians and followers of Hinduism, cows have a historical and cultural sanctity not easily understood in the West... A...

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Buddhists Gather in Utah to Change Minds

June 7, 2003

Source: BYU News Net

http://newsnet.byu.edu/story.cfm/44591

On June 7, 2003 the BYU News Net reported that "members from several different sects of Buddhism came to the Jordan Peace Park in Salt Lake City, Saturday, June 7, for music, poetry, dancing and meditation... Change Your Mind Day, a Buddhist gathering, takes place in over 30 cities across the United States... This year marked the third annual celebration of the event in Utah... During the tradition, different Buddhists come...

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Sikhs Hold Training for Bay Area "Peace Officers"

June 7, 2003

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/localnews/default.asp

On June 7, 2003 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Bay area held the "first-ever training for peace officers in how to more sensitively work with the Sikh community as well as with Muslims and other groups that have experienced increased hostility and suspicion since Sept. 11." In attendance were "dozens of law enforcement personnel," along with Sikh men and women.

Crescent Academy Draws Muslim Families to Canton

June 5, 2003

Source: Community Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/cfp/2/nacad5_20030605.htm

On June 5, 2003 Community Free Press reported that "when Crescent Academy International opened in Canton [OH] in 1991, the 115 students came from all four directions... Each day, the school's two buses brought in students from Livonia, Northville, Ann Arbor and Dearborn. In fact, the academy's site on Palmer Road in Canton was chosen for its proximity to both I-94 and I-275, said school...

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Update: Sultaana Freeman License Photo Case in Florida

June 5, 2003

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.Sun-Sentinel.com/

On June 5, 2003 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that "as an Orlando judge is poised to decide whether a Muslim woman should have her driver's license reinstated even though she refuses to unveil her face for the photo, Muslims in South Florida and throughout the country are divided on whether her request should be granted... Sultaana Freeman, 19, maintains her religion requires her to cover her face so that only her eyes...

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Islamic Cemetery Plans Endorsed in Gwinnett

June 5, 2003

Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

http://www.gwinnettdailyonline.com/GDP/archive/article8EC1C2CBF12645A4ACDB64BC08DED25C.asp?printerFriendly=true

On June 5, 2003 Gwinnett Daily Post reported that "Gwinnett [GA] planning commissioners endorsed a preliminary plat for an Islamic cemetery near Lawrenceville on Tuesday night, helping clear the way for work on the burial ground... No citizens spoke against the plat...

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Fight Over Enshrinment of Ten Commandments Continues in Alabama

June 5, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On June 5, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "a lawyer for Alabama's chief justice told an appeals court yesterday that the Ten Commandments should remain in the state Supreme Court building because God is the 'source of law and liberty'... Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore had the 5,200-pound granite monument featuring the Ten Commandments installed in the state Judicial Building one night two years ago. The Southern Poverty Law Center, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the American Civil Liberties Union...

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Iowa: Controversy over North Liberty City Officials Plan to Lease Land Intended for Muslim Youth Camp

June 4, 2003

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,88569,00.html

On June 4, 2003 Fox News reported that "a proposal to build a camp for young Muslims on federal land in Iowa is causing some controversy in the neighborhood... The site in North Liberty, Iowa (search), used to be a Girl Scout camp – but now the Muslim Youth Camps of America (search) has other plans... Leasing federal property to non-profit groups isn’t unusual for the Army Corps. But this...

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Illinois Baha'i Community Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Temple Construction

June 3, 2003

Source: Baha'i World News

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story.cfm?storyid=218

On June 3, 2003 the Baha'i World News reported that "in ceremonies commemorating the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Baha'i House of Worship [IL] in May, participants spoke of the building's beautiful and unique design and of the great sacrifices that were made to see it realized... 'It was such a dream of the Baha'is of the world to build this temple,' said Fariborz Sahba, telling...

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