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Security Guard Allowed to Wear Religiously-Mandated Beard

October 25, 2002

Source: Council on Islamic-American Relations

On October 25, 2002 Council on Islamic-American Relations reported that "a security guard with the Smithsonian's Office of Protection Services in Washington, D.C., will be allowed to wear a religiously-mandated beard after intervention by CAIR. 'We appreciate the Smithsonian's concrete demonstration of its stated commitment to creating and maintaining a workplace free from religious discrimination,' said CAIR Civil Rights Consultant Hassan Mirza."

Sikh Sues Over Removal of Turban During Security Checks

October 24, 2002

Source: Newsday

On October 24, 2002 Newsday reported that "an East Meadow man who is a member of the Sikh religion has filed a $ 60-million civil rights suit charging that he was twice barred from boarding flights at Long Island MacArthur Airport last year because his religion forbade his removing his turban for security checks. Tejindar Singh Kahlon, 65, filed the suit yesterday in U.S. District Court in Central Islip against the Town of Islip, which operates the airport; Southwest Airlines; and security firm International Total Services."

Anger at Franklin Grahm Directed at Father Billy

October 24, 2002

Source: The Coalition for Peace and Justice of Charlotte

On October 24, 2002 The Coalition for Peace and Justice of Charlotte issued a press release that stated, "The Coalition for Peace and Justice of Charlotte (CPJ) is holding a protest at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association groundbreaking ceremony on Billy Graham Parkway... This protest has been organized to remind our community and Franklin Graham that Islam is not the enemy."

Muslims Fear Backlash from Sniper Attacks

October 24, 2002

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On October 24, 2002 Council on American-Islamic Relations reported that "[CAIR] congratulated law enforcement officials for the arrest of two suspects in the series of sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C., area, and at the same time cautioned against speculation and stereotyping based on the name of one suspect."

Continuing Controversy Over Ten Commandments and Municipal Buildings

October 24, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On October 24, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "an attorney seeking to remove a Ten Commandments monument from Alabama's Judicial Building told a federal judge yesterday that the state's chief justice installed it to promote his own religious beliefs... But lawyers for Chief Justice Roy Moore, a conservative Christian who says the commandments are the moral foundation of American law, argued that the monument is simply an acknowledgment of God and does not force anyone to follow Moore's religious beliefs... There have...

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Anger at Franklin Grahm Directed at Father Billy

October 24, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On October 24, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "groups angered by evangelist Franklin Graham's condemnation of Islam say they'll picket the groundbreaking ceremony for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association complex. Organizers say up to 100 people plan to line Billy Graham Parkway on Tuesday to protest Franklin Graham's comments in a TV interview last year that Islam is 'a very evil and very wicked religion.' Graham reiterated his criticism on a TV news show in August, arguing that the Quran preaches violence."

Muslims Fear Backlash from Sniper Attacks

October 24, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On October 24, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "with the arrest of two men early Thursday--one a convert to Islam and a teen said to be his stepson--many Muslims feared yet another angry backlash like the one they endured after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks."

Buddhist Relics to Tour South Western U.S.

October 24, 2002

Source: Albuquerque Journal

On October 24, 2002 the Albuquerque Journal reported that "an extremely rare and precious collection of sacred Buddhist relics is coming to New Mexico. The relics include the remains of the first Buddha who founded Buddhism about 2,500 years ago and those of a number of ancient Tibetan and Indian masters. The world tour is visiting U.S. cities to raise awareness about the Maitreya Project in India, said Paul Pulaski, a coordinator for the relic tour who lives in Albuquerque. The relics will be coming from Arizona. After...

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Anti-Muslim Leaflets in Hawaiian Islamic Center

October 23, 2002

Source: U.S. Newswire

On October 23, 2002 U.S. Newswire reported that "the Anti-Defamation League condemned the distribution of offensive hate materials, which occurred at the mosque of the Muslim Association in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Monday. ADL Regional Director Jonathan Bernstein stated, 'we are deeply concerned about the distribution of hate materials at a mosque. No religious community should be targeted for hate nor should a group of people be scapegoated for a few individuals' actions. We offer our support to the Muslim community.'"

Interfaith Alliance Charges Conservative Churches of Manipulating Religion for Political Gain

October 23, 2002

Source: The  Associated Press

On October 23, 2002 The  Associated Press reported that "the Interfaith Alliance, a national religious group, on Wednesday criticized  conservative churches for handing out voter guides to their congregants, saying  the practice manipulates religion for political gain. The Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, executive director of the Interfaith Alliance,  said the pamphlets are part of what he considers the religious right's improper  'influence on Minnesota state politics.' The Minnesota Family Council, a conservative group that...

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Houston Muslim Sues Chick-Fil-A

October 22, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/business/1002/22muslim.html

On October 22, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a Muslim from Houston has filed a lawsuit saying Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A's corporate purpose to glorify God discriminates against its non-Christian employees. Aziz Latif, 25, says he was fired a day after he refused to pray to Jesus Christ during a training session in November 2000."

Religious Diversity in Queens, New York

October 21, 2002

Source: Newsday

On October 21, 2002 Newsday reported on the "thousands of newcomers who live or worship in this spectacularly polyglot stretch of Flushing, which boasts Hindu and Buddhist temples, mosques, synagogues, Sikh gurdwaras as well as historic Catholic and Protestant churches dating, in a few cases, to the 17th century. In many ways, Bowne Street is a microcosm of the changing spiritual landscape of New York, which is being reordered by the powerful engines of immigration and globalization. If not quite a new Mecca or a Jerusalem, the New...

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Film: "Mistaken Identity: Sikhs in America"

October 21, 2002

Source: Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/102102/102102Turning.shtml

On October 21, 2002 Appeal-Democrat reported that "Yuba-Sutter [CA] Sikhs want to turn ignorance into understanding and hope a new film will help explain to America who they are and why they live the way they do. The film, "Mistaken Identity: Sikhs in America," was partly filmed in Yuba City and received help from local Sikhs. It features interviews with various Sikhs across the...

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Controversy Over Somali Muslim Immigrant Communities in Small N.E. Town

October 20, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 20, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that "more than 1,500 Somali refugees [arrived] in this fading industrial city about 30 miles north of Portland. The large influx of families -- most of them Muslim -- from East Africa came swiftly, in just 18 months. For longtime residents and newcomers alike, the sudden population shift has brought a sense of mutual culture shock. At Frenchy's Barber Shop, a one-chair establishment... 'Frenchy' Langlois said he was 15 when he hopped a train in French-speaking Canada 48...

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Author of Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths Urges Interfaith Dialogue

October 19, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On October 19, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "two recent meetings in Washington -- one hosted by Muslims and the other by a Jewish congregation -- illustrate the heightened interest in exploring theological issues generated by the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. The gathering was the first of 100 interfaith 'Abraham Summits' planned for Nov. 8 to 24 in communities across the country in connection with [Bruce Feiler's new book, Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths]. The book examines the man revered...

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