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National Library Project to Provide Information about Islam

September 10, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 10, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that "using a successful Southern California program as a model, an Islamic advocacy group launched a campaign [Library Project] Monday to combat myths and misinformation about Muslims that many believe have become more prevalent since Sept. 11. The national campaign, in which the public can purchase a package of 18 books and videotapes for donation to a local library, is a response to attacks against the Muslim religion and a...

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Long Island's Muslim Community Reaches Out

September 9, 2002

Source: Newsday

On September 9, 2002 Newsday reported that "amid the carnage of last year's terror attacks, many American Muslims have found themselves both victims and on the defense, struggling to explain the essence of Islam to a hurt and bewildered public. As the nation prepares to observe the first anniversary, more than 100 members of Long Island's Muslim community gathered at the Islamic Center in Westbury [New York] yesterday to express their continued outrage and soothe their own pain."

Religion and Education Post-9/11: Advocates Switch Sides

September 8, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On September 8, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "the Thomas More Law Center, a Michigan-based Christian rights foundation, filed a federal suit this summer on behalf of two families. It charges Contra Costa County's Byron Union School District with violating students' constitutional rights after a seventh-grade class used the workbook Islam: a Simulation of Islamic History and Culture. Religion in the schools has long been a thorny issue. This time, however, some advocates have switched sides....

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New England Sikh Community Encounters Curiosity

September 8, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 8, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "for the roughly 150 Sikhs... living at or near the ashram in Millis, [Massachusetts] life has changed since Sept. 11... Never before has a long beard and turban evoked the response it now does. Still, Sikhs in Millis, the largest community of its kind in New England, say that although they remain more vigilant, they have found the vast majority of people to be caring and curious about their religious practices... The turban represents several beliefs in Sikhism, according to...

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Reports on Anti-Muslim Violence

September 8, 2002

Source: The Boston Herald

On September 8, 2002 The Boston Herald reported that "the Massachusetts attorney general's office obtained four civil rights orders, punishable by up to five years in prison, against anti-Muslim offenders. Nationally, state and local prosecutors have brought charges in about 70 cases, including the slayings of seven people perceived as Muslims. The Department of Justice investigated about 350 allegations of threats and violence and brought federal charges in 10 cases. In one case, Zachary J. Rolnik, a publishing executive...

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Many American Muslims Still Targeted and Fearful

September 8, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On September 8, 2002, The Houston Chronicle reported that for "American Muslims, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks launched an ordeal that continues to this day... Targeted by hate crimes, fearful of being mistaken for terrorist sympathizers, worried about what the future holds if the United States goes to war with Iraq, many in Houston's 300,000-member Muslim community have seen their comfortable lives eroded by uncertainty and fear...    Nationally, a recent poll found 48 percent of Muslims queried felt their lives had...

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Educating Against Suspicion

September 8, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 8, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "a year after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, [Muslim, Arab, and Sikh people]... who initially aroused suspicion among some residents and law enforcement officials now find themselves - some reluctantly - in the role of educators, all the while enduring long stares and even longer searches at airport security checkpoints. Islamic leaders said their role has become more crucial as a result of the terrorist attacks, especially in the predominantly white Boston [...

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Increase in Muslim Religious Education

September 7, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On September 7, 2002 the The Houston Chronicle reported that "since Sept. 11, Houston [Texas] Muslims "feel more of a sense of responsibility about practicing Islam, learning Islam," said Masrur Khan, spokesman for the Islamic Society of Greater Houston. The most notable increase in attendance has been in the number of Muslims taking religious education classes. At one mosque, Quranic classes went from a few dozen students to more than 200... In the coming days, like people across the country, Houstonians will assemble in...

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Archdiocese of Boston's Brighton Headquarters to House Menorah

September 7, 2002

Source: The Boston Herald

On September 7, 2002 The Boston Herald reported that "a newcomer... on the grounds of the Archdiocese of Boston's Brighton headquarters - a menorah honoring victims of the Holocaust - is scheduled to be placed in a grassy corner between the main chancery office building and a library next week. The project is the brainchild of Gunther Lawrence, a New Yorker active in Reform Judaism and interreligious affairs."

Synagogue Leaders and Police Detail Security for Holidays

September 6, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On September 6, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "as Houston-area synagogue leaders fix their sights on forgiveness and atonement, they will also cast extra eyes on security in a holiday season that straddles the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Houston Police Department will post on-duty officers and patrol cars at all city synagogues for holiday services, said department spokesman Robert Hurst. The department also will provide area surveillance for services."

Philadelphia FBI Office Accepts Civil Liberty Criticisms

September 6, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/4012227.htm

On September 6, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "criticisms of law enforcement officials unfairly targeting Muslims and Arab Americans after the Sept. 11 attacks are valid, the head of the FBI's Philadelphia office said yesterday. The FBI and other agencies on guard against terrorism have been under attack by numerous civil-liberties and ethnic groups regarding their treatment of...

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CAIR's Report on American Muslims' Stance Against Terrorism

September 5, 2002

Source: The Council on American Islamic Relations

On September 5, 2002 The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released a report which "indicates that American Muslims took a strong stand against terrorism in the year since the 9/11 attacks. [C]alled "American Muslims: One Year After 9/11," [the report] outlines condemnations of the attacks by national Muslim leaders, Islamic scholars and local religious institutions."

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A Call for Accountability

September 3, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On September 3, 2002 The New York Times printed an editorial by Mona Eltahawy that stated, "Muslims across the United States have... visited schools, churches and synagogues to explain how different is the faith they hold dear from the hate-filled zealotry that took control of those planes... But if Muslims are continually called upon to apologize, a defensiveness will set in that will distract from the questions we need to ask to move beyond Sept. 11 and reclaim the stage from the maniacs who want to take over the mosques....

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Photo Exhibit: Freedom and Fear: Bay Area Muslims after September 11, 2001

September 3, 2002

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/3991558.htm

On September 3, 2002 Mercury News reported on "a month-long photo exhibit that opened Sunday at San Francisco [California] City Hall, called 'Freedom and Fear: Bay Area Muslims after September 11, 2001,' [photographed by documentary photographer Rick Rocamora, a Roman Catholic-raised Filipino immigrant]. The exhibit captures Ashan Syed of the Muslim Community Association in San...

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Reflections at the Islamic Society of North America's Convention

September 2, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On September 2, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Sunday's session at the Islamic Society of North America's convention, "entitled '9/11 and American Muslims: Changes Within Us,' [which] attracted thousands of Muslims into the main hall of the Washington Convention Center. One of the lessons of Sept. 11 was that mosques that had already engaged in dialogue with other faiths fared much better in the aftermath of the attacks..., said Faroque Khan, a medical-school professor and leader at the Islamic Center of...

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