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Pakistani Muslims Reach Out to Phoenix Community

February 8, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic

On February 8, 2003 The Arizona Republic reported that "four years ago some Pakistani Muslims living in the Phoenix area started serving meals at homeless shelters, building homes with Habitat for Humanity and pitching in around the community wherever they could... They saw it as a way to give back to their adopted country, a country where they have prospered. It was also a way to educate others about a culture and religion most Americans know little about... But that changed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when,...

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Yogic Curriculum Draws Criticism

February 8, 2003

Source: The New York Times

On February 8, 2003 The New York Times reported that "last fall, officials with Aspen Elementary School, a public school with about 500 students in kindergarten through fourth grade, and the Aspen Country Day School, a private school with about 180 students in kindergarten through ninth grade, invited yoga instructors to conduct classes as part of a pilot program... But some parents and religious leaders here are objecting, saying that teaching yoga in school violates the separation of church and state... Opposition was...

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African American History Month Kicks off with the Showing of BILALIAN

February 7, 2003

Source: Muslim Journal

On February 7, 2003 the Muslim Journal reported that the showing of BILALIAN, a documentary produced by Aminah Abdul-Jabbaar, will kick off African/Black History Month across the country "with screenings in Boston, Mass., at Harvard University, in the Virgin Islands, Portland, Ore., Milwaukee, Wisc., at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee Union, in Pittsburg, and again in New York City." The film explores the origin of the term BILALIAN, a term used by Wallace Deen Mohammed for members of the Nation of Islam, but has now fallen...

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North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 7, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/opinion/5127725.htm

On February 7, 2003 the Mercury News printed an editorial stating that, "[Republican Howard Coble,] a North Carolina congressman understandably drew San Jose Rep. Mike Honda's ire and Arab-Americans' criticism this week after he said the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II was for their own good... Coble's ignorance of history and of constitutional...

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Yogi Divine Society Buys Healing Waters Cathedral

February 7, 2003

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On February 7, 2003 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "a Hindu temple yesterday closed its deal to buy evangelist Leroy Jenkins' Healing Waters Cathedral for $1.3 million... The purchase will give the Yogi Divine Society, based in New Jersey, room for up to 800 followers in central Ohio and adjacent states... The deal includes 9 acres on S. Sandusky Street on Delaware's south side that has been owned by the Leroy Jenkins Evangelical Association for 33 years, said Gloria Rose, a real-estate agent with the Gilbert Group, a...

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Religious Leaders Express Differing Opinions over President's Speech

February 7, 2003

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On February 7, 2003 the Dallas Morning News reported that "Religious leaders reacting to President Bush's State of the Union speech seemed generally pleased with his proposal to further address the AIDS crisis in Africa but remained divided over his plans for confronting Iraq as well as domestic issues relating to cloning, abortion and faith-based groups... Madhi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, said the president's words did not change his stand against war. Joining the applause...

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FBI Census of Mosques Draws Criticism

February 7, 2003

Source: Orlando Sentinel

On February 7, 2003 the Orlando Sentinel reported that "agents in the FBI's 56 field offices will begin taking their own census of Muslims and their places of worship as part of the nation's antiterrorism effort -- a mandate that has ratcheted up the fear level in Central Florida's Muslim community... The FBI said mosques are included in the survey to protect the Muslim community from hate crimes. But civil-rights advocates in Central Florida and nationwide accused the government of profiling and said the FBI's plans are spreading...

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North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 6, 2003

Source: The Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/home_article_display.aspx?ITEM=398

On February 6, 2003 The Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that "MPAC finds [Coble's] statements unacceptable and believes it disqualifies Rep. Coble from his political position. Not only has the United States apologized to Japanese Americans for their unjust internment and dispossession during WW2, but our nation has paid reparations to that community and educated...

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North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 6, 2003

Source: Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/press/pressdetail.asp?pressid=31

On February 6, 2003 Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force issued a press release stating that "Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART), the nation’s oldest Sikh American civil rights and advocacy group, demanded Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) explain his view that the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was justified... In...

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North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 5, 2003

Source: Japanese American Citizens League

http://www.jacl.org/current_prs/030205.html

On February 5, 2003 the Japanese American Citizens League issued a press release stating, "the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian Pacific American civil rights organization, condemns remarks made by Rep. Howard Coble, (R-NC-6) during a radio call-in program yesterday on WKZL-FM in North Carolina where he explicitly supported President...

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Post 9/11 Firing of Muslim Pilot Found Illegal

February 5, 2003

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On February 5, 2003 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "a Missouri-based regional airline fired a San Bruno pilot a week after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks because he is Muslim, a federal agency has concluded... Mohammed Shanif Hussein, 28, was wrongfully terminated by Trans States Airlines Inc. on Sept. 18, 2001 based on his religion, according to a finding by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission... The ruling allows Hussein to file a federal civil-rights suit against the airline...

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North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 5, 2003

Source: The American Jewish Committee

http://www.ajc.org/InTheMedia/PressReleases.asp?did=752

On February 5, 2003 The American Jewish Committee issued a press release stating that "the American Jewish Committee has condemned the hateful remarks Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) made this week about Japanese-Americans... 'Rep. Coble owes the Japanese American community an apology for his insensitive, inaccurate, and racist remarks,' said Ann Schaffer, director of American...

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North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 5, 2003

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,77677,00.html

On February 5, 2003 Fox News reported that "a congressman who heads a homeland security subcommittee said on a radio call-in program that he agreed with the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II... A fellow congressman who was interred as a child criticized Coble for his comment on Wednesday, as did advocacy groups... Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., made the remark Tuesday on WKZL-FM when a...

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Multi-Religious Memorial Services for Columbia Crew

February 5, 2003

Source: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/news/s_116205.html

On February 5, 2003 The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that "Kalpana Chawla, 41, was born in Karnal, India, and later became an American citizen. She was the first Indian-American woman to fly into space... Prayers were offered and moments of silence observed Saturday and yesterday at all three Hindu temples in Penn Hills and Monroeville."

Bentley Elementary School's Festival of Cultures

February 3, 2003

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2003/schools/0302/03/c03-75565.htm

On February 3, 2003 The Detroit News reported that "Bentley Elementary School's second annual Festival of Cultures Feb. 7 promotes respect for world cultures that comprise a rising percentage of Canton's [MI] growing population... 'This all started because of the changing faces of our children,' said Principal Jerry Meier. Recent census figures show Canton has grown from a rural...

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