On October 8, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "an autopsy revealed that the Muslim woman found dead in the burned out remains of her home had been killed before the fire was set, police said Monday. The death of 37-year-old Angie Abdullah was a homicide, but no evidence was found to suggest the woman was a victim of a hate crime, police Lt. Rich Schnebly said. Police found no evidence of...
On October 7, 2002 The St. Petersburg Times reported that "every year, about 20,000 people in the United States convert to Islam, in addition to those who convert in prison, according to a study conducted last year by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Of these converts, there are more women than men, the majority of them young and...
On October 3, 2002 The Associated Press reported that :The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued a
rental car agency, accusing it of discriminating against a Muslim woman who was told she couldn't wear a head scarf at work.
The lawsuit against Alamo Rent-A-Car and its Florida-based parent, ANC
Rental Corp., is based on a complaint by Bilan Nur of Phoenix."
On October 2, 2002 Washington Post reported that "search-and-seizure operations carried out [by federal agents] at Muslim homes and organizations across Northern Virginia... [were] aimed at gathering information on possible financial links to Middle Eastern terrorist groups. But while much about the operation remains murky, one aspect is drawing increased attention...
On September 29, 2002 Mercury News reported that "nearly a month after a Hindu man allegedly tried to rape a Muslim girl while spewing hateful epithets, many Bay Area Indo-American Muslims and Hindus are still divided over the significance of the crime. Within the somewhat estranged communities, the meaning of the Palo Alto incident has transcended the facts stated by...
On September 28, 2002 The Arizona Republic reported on "Deedra Abboud, the new president of the Council on American Islamic Relations of Arizona, [who] was raised Christian in Arkansas... She remembers arguing with Muslims about their faith. 'I would verbally attack them,' Abboud said. Your religion oppresses women, she would tell them. Making women cover...
On September 25, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "an Islamic spiritual leader has united with Harvard, MIT and six Middle
Eastern universities to create a Web site its creators hope will advance
architecture throughout the Islamic world. The site, Archnet.org, includes 600,000 archived images, counts 6,000 members
in 110 countries and links architecture schools around the world, eliminating
the need for education centers in the developing world to build big libraries.
On September 25, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that a "coalition of civil rights groups and liberal House Democrats
has mounted an aggressive lobbying campaign to block President Bush's
faith-based initiative in the Senate unless the bill explicitly prohibits
religious charities from discriminating when hiring. Representative Barney Frank, a Newton Democrat, is leading the unusually
personal effort by House lawmakers to influence the language in a Senate bill
that is aimed at spurring charitable giving and increasing grant...
On September 22, 2002 The Boston Globe printed a book review that stated, "the religious quest for a 'divine power' with 'cosmic answers' is the engine
propelling Kristin Hahn's uplifting road narrative In Search of Grace. Hahn, a Los Angeles-based film producer
and coauthor of the acclaimed travelogue Anthem, recently crisscrossed our
land participating in the worship practices of over a dozen religions."
On September 13, 2002 The Plain Dealer featured an article on the Farley-Samad family of Shaker Heights, Ohio. The four sisters all played sports at Shaker Heights High, and negotiated the requirements of their Muslim faith through their athletic careers. The girls had "letters of exemption from the Ohio High School Athletic Association" (OHSAA) so they could wear their hijab during games. "Even when they are playing sports - a combination of basketball, track, cross
country and volleyball for each - they wrap up their hair and...
On September 11, 2002 The Houston Chronicle printed an editorial which stated, "my heroes have become those who make meaningful
public effort toward dialogue, who find strength and vitality in variations,
who do not live by fear. And there seem to be more of these people visible in
Texas this year, because we are desperate for them. Consider the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio. Lebanese dancers
annually aligned with German polka bands. Why did it suddenly give us goose
bumps, after 30 years of celebrations? Consider...
On September 6, 2002 the San Jose Mercury News reported that "prosecutors charged an East Palo Alto man Thursday with assault with the intent to rape a
15-year-old girl... but they did not charge him with a hate crime...
Palo Alto police reported that the suspect, 18-year-old Sanjay Nair, who is Hindu, made comments...
On September 5, 2002, the San Jose Mercury News reported that "Palo Alto police arrested Sanjay Nair, 18, of East Palo Alto, for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl.. The incident has been labeled a hate crime because of comments
police say that Nair, who is Hindu, made before and during the alleged rape... Nearly a dozen organizations...
On September 4, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that "for [Cardinal Roger M. Mahony] and many others, Monday's cathedral dedication will be a celebration
of the living church and the 5 million Roman Catholics who constitute Southern
California's largest religious group. It is a church revived and enriched by immigrants and challenged by the need
to accommodate more than 50 cultures and languages. More than 80% of the archdiocese's Catholics are Latino and Asian--and Asian
Catholics now outnumber whites, according to...
On September 1, 2002 Reconstructionism Today reported on "a congregation serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered,
and questioning (GLBTQ) community... [and the] quarter-century-old umbrella organization, The World Congress of Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual, and Transgendered Jewish Organizations: Keshet Ga'avah. Jewish organizations serving the needs of the queer community have learned
that these needs are as diverse as those of other Jews."