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In Baltimore County, Schools Won't Close for Muslim Holidays but Student Attendance on Holy Days May be Monitored

March 1, 2006

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/baltimore_county/bal-md.co.board01mar01,0,5567442.story

On March 1, 2006 The Baltimore Sun reported, "The Baltimore County school board asked Superintendent Joe A. Hairston last night to monitor the attendance of Muslim students on religious observances and to designate the dates of Muslim holiday observances on the school calendar. The monitoring was among...

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At University of California, Irvine, a Contentious Student Panel on Cartoons

March 1, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/186/story_18664_1.html

On March 1, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "A student panel discussion that included a display of the Prophet Muhammad cartoons descended into chaos, with one speaker calling Islam an 'evil religion' and audience members nearly coming to blows. Organizers of Tuesday night's forum at the University of California, Irvine said they showed the...

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Opinion: "A Muslim Manifesto"

March 1, 2006

Source: National Review

http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/akyol_baran200603010816.asp

On March 1, 2006 the National Review ran an opinion piece by Mustafa Akyol, a writer and journalist based in Turkey and Zeyno Baran, director of International Security and Energy Programs at The Nixon Center, that commented, "'Who are the moderate Muslims, and why do they not speak up?' After being asked this question over and over again since 9/11, particularly after...

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American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections Seeking Meeting with Treasury Secretary on Charities

March 1, 2006

Source: Reuters

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N28233826.htm

On March 1, 2006 Reuters reported, "A coalition of U.S. Muslim organizations on Tuesday requested a meeting with Treasury Secretary John Snow to discuss concerns that Muslim charities are targeted in the government's counterterrorism efforts. In a letter to Snow, the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT) said government closures of Islamic charities have hindered American...

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"A Plea from 11 Muslim Academics and Activists: Don’t Be Silenced by Extremists"

February 28, 2006

Source: Toronto Star

http://www.muslimcanadiancongress.org/20060228.pdf

On February 28, 2006 the Toronto Star printed a statement by 11 Canadian Muslim academics that read, "A curtain of fear has descended on the intelligentsia of the West, including Canada. The fear of being misunderstood as Islamophobic has sealed their lips, dried their pens and locked their keyboards. With hundreds dead around the world in the aftermath of the now infamous Danish cartoons, Canada...

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President Says War on Terror Needs Religious Tolerance

February 28, 2006

Source: Daily Times

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2006%5C02%5C28%5Cstory_28-2-2006_pg4_10

On February 28, 2006 Reuters reported, "Winning hearts and minds in the war against terrorism needs a balanced dose of freedom and religious tolerance, the president of Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, said on Monday. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono...

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US Agrees to Pay Damages to Muslim Detained After 9/11

February 28, 2006

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2006-02/28/article07.shtml

On February 28, 2006 IslamOnline.net reported, "The US government has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle an illegal detention lawsuit brought by an Egyptian man who was among hundreds of Muslims rounded up in New York after the September 11, 2001 attacks. 'It underlines that due process and fair treatment should be reserved and protected even in times of chaos,'...

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In Paris, a Grassroots Backlash Against Multiculturalism: "Identity Soup"

February 28, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F50A13FB3D550C7B8EDDAB0894DE404482

On February 28, 2006 The New York Times reported, "More than 200 political demonstrators defied a police ban here on Thursday, scurrying across Boulevard St.-Germain and under the sycamore trees of Place Maubert to engage in their forbidden action: eating 'pig soup'' in public.

With steaming bowls of the fragrant broth...

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Opinion: "It Takes More than Tea and Biscuits to Overcome Indifference and Fear"

February 27, 2006

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1718626,00.html

On February 27, 2006 The Guardian ran an opinion piece by columnist Madeleine Bunting about "the inadequacies of Britain's smug multiculturalism" that the recent cartoon controversy has exposed. Bunting writes, "This is how Britain does multiculturalism. It creates community leaders and then expects them to organise their fiefdoms. At an institutional level there is plenty of tea and...

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Baltimore County Muslims Express Concerns About School System Calendar Recommendations

February 27, 2006

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/education/bal-md.calendar27feb27,0,4844129.story

On February 27, 2006 The Baltimore Sun reported, "A Baltimore County school board committee has made recommendations about religious holidays for the school system's calendar, and a leader of the Muslim community said he is disappointed that it didn't suggest closing for two Islamic holy days. One of the recommendations is to allow...

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Muslim Pop Star Deeyah Releases Provocative Music Video, Receives Death Threats

February 27, 2006

Source: National Post

http://www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/news/cnspolitics/story.html?id=4e858a05-06da-40dc-ad5e-db8f1280ea39

On February 27, 2006 the National Post reported, "A Muslim pop star has hired bodyguards for her upcoming tour in Britain after receiving death threats over her newest video, which features her stripping off a burka to reveal her bikini-clad body. Deeyah, who has been dubbed the...

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