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Controversy Over Comments of College Instructor: Free Speech or Hate Speech?

November 26, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-000094160nov26.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dpe%2Dcalifornia

On November 26, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported "Results of an independent probe into allegations that an Orange Coast College instructor vilified his Muslim students are expected to be released this week, with findings certain to draw intense scrutiny nationwide...

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Southern Baptist Convention's Leader: Pray for Conversion of Muslims

November 26, 2001

Source: SBC Baptist Press News

http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?ID=12242

On November 26, 2001, The SBC Baptist Press News reported, "Merritt calls on Baptists to fast and pray on last day of Ramadan." The article quoted James Merritt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention: "'I call on all our Southern Baptists to pray and fast that God will miraculously and supernaturally reveal himself through Jesus Christ to Muslims on that day ... We need to fast because we do believe...

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Non-Muslim Teachers and Students at Muslim Schools

November 25, 2001

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0111250380nov25.story?coll=chi%2Dnewsnationworld%2Dhed

On November 25, 2001, The Chicago Tribune featured the article, "Different faiths, common bond" about the positive and broadening experiences of non-Muslim students and teachers in local Muslim schools. "Although Christian teachers are a presence in almost every Muslim school, Christian...

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Rev. Franklin Graham Criticizes Islam

November 24, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On November 24, 2001, The Star Tribune reported, "The Rev. Franklin Graham said in Minneapolis this week that he is concerned with the way Islamic law is enforced in several countries, and not with the people or the faith itself." However the article continued by quoting Graham as saying, "'I believe it is a very evil and wicked religion,'" with reference to Islam. "Aly R. Abuzaakouk, executive director of the American Muslim Council, said that Graham's remarks have caused pain and confusion 'and are in stark contrast to the unity and...

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Interfaith Services Raise Questions for Clergy Members

November 24, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On November 24, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "the events of Sept. 11 prompted an unprecedented number of interfaith services nationwide, featuring leaders of different religions praying for peace and remembering the more than 4,100 terrorist attack victims. But some religious leaders have questioned the appropriateness of their clergy participating in such gatherings...'The basic question is: Does my participation enhance my witness of Jesus Christ or obscure it?' said the Rev. Karl K. Schmidt, pastor of Bethany...

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Rev. Franklin Graham Criticizes Islam

November 24, 2001

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On November 24, 2001, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured the editorial "Casualty of War; Franklin Graham's comments strain religious tolerance." It reads, in part: "Religious leaders of all stripes are entitled to their theology. What they should bear in mind is that if they insist on saying things that antagonize millions of their neighbors, they won't be known as paradigms of tolerance and peace -- or enlisted as unofficial presidential chaplains."

Chicago Muslims Plan Ramadan Display

November 24, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 24, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Chicago Muslims plan to mark the current holy month of Ramadan by building a minaret display at Daley Plaza in early December, joining Christians and Jews as they decorate the public square for their holidays. The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago has preliminary approval to build a 30-foot reproduction of the tower used to call Muslims to prayer and an illuminated crescent moon affixed to a dome. The display will stand alongside a Hanukkah menorah and...

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Ramadan and Thanksgiving

November 23, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 23, 2001, The New York Times featured a story on the Bashir family who, in observance of Ramadan "waited until sunset... [before] they gathered around the dining room table with other relatives, Muslim, Christian and Jewish, offering thanks in their suburban Chicago home... While some Muslim Americans believe that Thanksgiving conflicts with their religion, many, like the Bashirs, observe the holiday, saying that, of all the American holidays, Thanksgiving is most in harmony with the teachings of Islam."

Ramadan and Thanksgiving

November 23, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On November 23, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported that "this year, Thanksgiving fell during the month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. So [in Kansas City] the Papa family, of the Islamic faith, broke their fast with a traditional holiday meal. But across town, Mustafa Hussein will have nothing to do with Thanksgiving. The holiday has Christianity as its root, he says, and to celebrate it is to betray his own Islamic heritage." The article also reported that although most Muslims in the area usually...

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Ramadan and Thanksgiving

November 22, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On November 22, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "the similarity between the Southern Maryland Islamic Center's Interfaith Ramadan Thanksgiving Dinner and the original event that inspired it did not go unmentioned by one event host" who said "'the first Thanksgiving was a way for two cultures to join and to share food with families and to give thanks for all the blessings of friendship... Things have not changed so much that this cannot be done today as well'...Many local religious leaders said they felt it was important...

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Growing Muslim Community at Home in Amarillo, Texas

November 21, 2001

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0111210252nov21.story?coll=chi%2Dnewsnationworld%2Dhed

On November 21, 2001, The Chicago Tribune reported that "in Amarillo [Texas] as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began, the rodeo crowned a new steer-roping champion and the Kiwanis Club sponsored a Bible-reading marathon. Such is life in this city of 220,000, a Bible Belt town in cowboy boots...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving, 2001

November 21, 2001

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/ny-nyseas212473093nov21.story?coll=ny%2Dnews%2Dprint

On November 21, 2001, Newsday reported that "gratitude for life is the focus this year as families celebrate Thanksgiving in the wake of terrorist attacks on the United States and a later plane crash that together took the lives of thousands...Live and let live may well be the motto of the newly formed Coalition of...

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Rev. Franklin Graham Criticizes Islam

November 20, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 20, 2001, The New York Times reported, "Muslim Group Seeks to Meet Billy Graham's Son." The article explained that the Council on American-Islamic Relations "sent a letter to the Rev. Franklin Graham, to discuss remarks that Mr. Graham, an evangelist, made describing Islam as evil....[The remarks were] made in an October interview broadcast on Friday on NBC's 'Nightly News.'" The article continued, "According to a transcript of the interview, Mr. Graham said Islam had attacked the United States on Sept. 11. He said...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving, 2001

November 19, 2001

Source: Newsday

On November 19, 2001, Newsday reported on a New York "trialogue" in the article "Different Religions, Common Goal - Peace." The article noted, "Harkening to the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, the minister [Rev. Arthur Caliandro] challenged the interfaith audience to likewise count every blessing in these trying days. Begging his pardon, the imam...interjected. 'This gives me a time to repeat that the Pilgrims were not my forebearers,' said Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid, leader of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Manhattan. 'That's...

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