Women

Scarves Show Solidarity

October 18, 2001

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/nw/terror2001/scarf18_20011018.htm

On October 18, 2001, The Detroit Free Press reported "dozens of non-Muslim women at Wayne State have chosen to wear hijab...in defense of Muslims harassed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The university is the latest to join a growing worldwide campaign urging non-Muslim women to show support by wearing hijab. 'Scarves for Solidarity' events have been held in...

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Muslim Women Find Empowerment and Fear in Hijab

October 11, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On October 11, 2001, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "a growing number of Muslim women in St. Louis say they choose to wear scarves...to define their sexuality on their own terms...Many women who choose to cover themselves consider aspects of Western culture oppressive - starving to be thin, buying creams to look young and dressing to attract men...Several Muslim women said other people have been surprised to learn that they choose freely to don the hijab and aren't forced into it."

In the U.S.: Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs, South Asians Face Threats, Violence (September 17 - October)

October 5, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 5, 2001, The New York Times reported that "African-American Muslims are under intensified public scrutiny...and find themselves in the bind of being Americans singled out because of their Islamic faith...African-American Muslims, who are estimated to make up 25 to 40 percent of American Muslims, have condemned the terroist attacks." Blaming Islam is "'like blaming Christianity for what the Klu Klux Klan did throughout the South,' Mr. Hasan said,...a member of the Muslim American Society," a group that claims 2.5 million...

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Interfaith Group Takes Stand Against Domestic Violence

October 4, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

On October 4, 2001, The Arizona Republic featured the editorial "Faith Finds Help for Abuse Victims" which stated that "Religious leaders are frequently the first persons a victim approaches for help, yet they are often poorly equipped to deal with the realities of abuse... The Religious Response to Domestic Violence, an interfaith task force drawn from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim congregations, seeks to change the climate of congregations so that victims find information, safety, and support in their faith communities; and...

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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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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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Atlanta Area Muslims Fear for Safety of Women, Children

September 27, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 27, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Consititution reported that "members of a local mosque recently told city leaders...[that] Muslims can no longer afford to be a quiet, secluded minority." Some area Muslims fear for their safety; "many women stayed home from Friday prayer services after the [terror] attacks, and the mosque suspended Sunday religion classes for children." Despite fears, "local Muslims want to reach out to the community and let them know that mosque members are good citizens."

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