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Supreme Court Declines to Consider Religious Discrimination and Racial Profiling Cases

October 2, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

On October 2, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported that "a Muslim woman will not be allowed to pursue claims that her boss violated her rights by pressuring her to stop wearing a head scarf to work." Zenib Ali said she "was told in 1996 to stop wearing the scarf at work or she would be transferred to a position with less customer interaction...She said her religion requires her head to be covered in the presence of men who are not family members...The Supreme Court declined on Monday to consider reinstating Zeinab Ali's lawsuit...

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Controversy Over Public Christmas Display

October 2, 2001

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On October 2, 2001, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that in Madison, WI, "ornaments with a religious theme might be allowed on the state Capitol holiday tree for the first time in more than a decade, a top state official said."

Supreme Court Declines to Consider Religious Discrimination and Racial Profiling Cases

October 2, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 2, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "the Supreme Court, showing little interest in the issue of racial profiling, refused Monday to hear a challenge to a small New York town's decision to stop and question every young black man in the area as police looked for a crime suspect who was black. The court also turned away a job bias claim from a Muslim woman who says her boss at a rental car agency told her she could not wear a full head scarf while serving customers...The two cases were among more than 1,800 the...

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Acts of Support and Solidarity Following the Backlash

October 1, 2001

Source: The Baha'i World News

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org

On October 1, 2001, The Baha'i World News reported that "Baha'i communities around the world responded to last week's terroist attacks...with prayers, voluntary acts of service, donations and messages of condolence...In New York City...members of the local Baha'i community rushed to the site of the world trade center complex and offered help...The New York Baha'i Center, which is located on 11th Street, was inaccesible to the...

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Muslims Against Terrorism

October 1, 2001

Source: No source given.

A new organization, Muslims Against Terrorism, has been formed to "stand against those who preach violence and hatred in the name of Islam and to promote peace and understanding through interfaith and intercultural coalition building." http://www.matusa.org

Multifaith, Interfaith Responses to Terrorist Attacks (October)

October 1, 2001

Source: Newsday

On October 1, 2001, Newsday reported that "Hundreds of Queens residents gathered...for a solemn and, at times, spirited multifaith service honoring World Trade Center victims. Reflecting the borough's diversity, representatives of virtually every major global religion delivered remarks, including Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Buddhist."

Americans Seek Understanding of Islam

October 1, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 1, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that Muslims from the Boston area "welcomed about 300 people to the Islamic center of New England to learn more about Islam...Reports of discrimination against Muslims appear to be spreading, and some community members are trying to respond...Many who attended heard about the event through their schools, church, or synagogue...To try to battle misperceptions about Islam, organizers of [the] event distributed informational fliers, spoke to the crowd about the principles of Islam, and...

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U.S. Sikhs Ask for Unity, Work for Increased Understanding

September 28, 2001

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On September 28, 2001, The Milwakee Journal Sentinel reported that, "worried about reprisals against Sikhs, who have been harassed because they wear turbans...Darshan Dhaliwal led a group of 16 Sikh leaders to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with President Bush...The Sikh delegation included leaders from California, New York, New Jersey and Arizona."

After Backlash, New Public Service Advertisements

September 28, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On September 28, 2001, The New York Times reported that "American Muslim and Arab groups have enlisted government officials, Islamic scholars and even a teenage pop star to combat what many fear could be a rising tide of harassment and hate crimes....The announcements were recorded by Attorney General John Ashcroft; Senator John McCain; Mary Frances Berry, chairwoman of the Commission on Civil Rights; and Mandy Moore, a 17-year-old singer popular with preteenagers."

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