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Muslim Leaders Protest Muslim Student's Expulsion from White House

June 29, 2001

Source: Associated Press

On June 29, 2001, the Associated Press reported that "a group of Muslim leaders walked out of a White House meeting..., angered when a Secret Service officer ordered one of them out of the building." The evicted student "is the nephew of Mazen Al-Najjar, a Palestinian who was jailed in Florida for three years after the government alleged he used an Islamic think tank...as a front for terrorism. He was released last December after a panel of judges and Attorney General Janet Reno agreed there was no reason to keep him behind bars...

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Muslim Leaders Protest Muslim Student's Expulsion from White House

June 29, 2001

Source: Knight Ridder Newspapers

On June 29, 2001, Knight Ridder Newspapers reported that "about two dozen representatives from various Muslim organizations filed out of a meeting with White House officials after Abdullah Al-Arian, a congressional intern and an outspoken critic of Israel, was asked to leave. A Secret Service spokesman said the eviction was a mistake... The security mix-up added a new strain to Bush's already difficult relations with the Muslim community and Arab Americans. After supporting Bush in the November election, members of both...

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Muslim Leaders Protest Muslim Student's Expulsion from White House

June 29, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On June 29, 2001, The New York Times reported that "American Muslim leaders walked out of a White House meeting in protest...after a Secret Service agent suddenly removed a Muslim student with their group, without explanation. The student had joined the Muslim leaders for a meeting...with members of the staff of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives...Secret Service officials later apologized for what they said was a mistake...The Muslim leaders...issued a statement saying, 'This incident is...

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Delaware Legislature Passes Charitable Choice Bill

June 29, 2001

Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire

On June 29, 2001, the Associated Press State & Local Wire reported that "the state House [in Delaware]...passed legislation that its sponsor said will remove some of the barriers faced by religious organizations providing charitable work in their communities." The representative sponsoring it says "the bill brings Delaware in line with federal 'charitable choice' guidelines."

Prison Education Program Ruled Unconstitutional

June 29, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 29, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that "an intensive Christian education program at the Tarrant County jail unconstitutionally promoted the religious views of the former sheriff, the Texas Supreme Court ruled...Inmates who volunteered for the program spent 120 days studying...'orthodox Christianity.'...Participants had to accept the Bible as infallible truth, believe in Jesus Christ as deity and be 'born again' to attain salvation." The sheriff and chaplain "would not allow instructors to discuss any other...

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Muslim Leaders Protest Muslim Student's Expulsion from White House

June 29, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61471-2001Jun28.html

On June 29, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "about two dozen Muslim community leaders walked out of a White House briefing in protest... after a member of their group, a congressional intern, was summoned from the meeting by a security guard and escorted out of the building." The student's father "is head of the National Coalition to Protect...

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Muslim Leaders Protest Muslim Student's Expulsion from White House

June 29, 2001

Source: Detroit Free Press

On June 29, 2001, the Detroit Free Press reported that "a White House effort to reach out to Muslim Americans ended in hard feelings...when Secret Service agents mistakenly evicted one guest and the other participants walked out in protest." The evicted student "is also the nephew of Mazen al-Najjar, a Palestinian who was jailed for three years after the government alleged he used an Islamic think tank at the University of South Florida as a front for terrorism."

Women's Church Group Devoted to Service and Inclusion

June 28, 2001

Source: Dayton Daily News

On June 28, 2001, the Dayton Daily News reported that Ashton McDaniel is the newly elected president of Church Women United in Greater Dayton. "Church Women United is an ecumenical movement of Christian women who witness to their faith through worship, study, action, celebration and global relationships." It is open to all denominations.

Muslim Leaders Protest Muslim Student's Expulsion from White House

June 28, 2001

Source: The American Muslim Council

On June 28, 2001, the American Muslim Council issued a press release reporting that, "Following...the unexpected removal of Abdallah Al-Arian, a 20-year-old college senior and intern...from a...meeting to brief the American Muslim leadership on the President's Faith and Community Based Initiative, White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer reported that: 'The President is very concerned that an action was taken that was wrong, inappropriate and the President apologizes for it on behalf of the White House.' Although we...

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Judiciary Committee to Vote on Faith-Based Initiative

June 28, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On June 28, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "legislation mirroring President Bush's faith-based initiative moves forward today after the White House and lawmakers reached an agreement on constitutional concerns. The full House Judiciary Committee will vote on whether to recommend" the bill. "The legislation...has been altered to strengthen the wall between church and state."

Republicans Agree on Revisions to Faith-Based Initiative

June 28, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On June 28, 2001, The New York Times reported that "the White House and Congressional Republicans have agreed on changes to a bill that would expand federal financing of religious groups' charitable work. The accord allows the bill to proceed in the House this week." A White House spokesman "described the changes as guarantees of church-state separation that 'bring the bill in line with the Constitution.'...But Republicans have so far failed to enlist the support of many Democrats, largely because of constitutional issues."

Visitors Convene in Minneapolis to Discuss Religion's Role in Public Service

June 28, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On June 28, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that "more than 3,000 visitors assemble in Minneapolis... for the National Conference on Community Volunteering and National Service...Much discussion during their conference will focus on the role of religion in the nonprofit sector." The topic has been much discussed since Bush introduced his faith-based initiative.

Navajo Nation Proposes Redistricting to Arizona Commission

June 28, 2001

Source: The Navajo Times

http://www.thenavajotimes.com/National/national.html

On June 28, 2001, The Navajo Times reported that it is only possible to have a Navajo in the U.S. Congress and to have Navajos and Hopis working together "if the Navajo Nation is put into a single congressional and legislative voting district, area citizens told the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. As part of a statewide effort to solicit public...

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