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Plans for Lodi School and Center Continue After 10 Years

August 11, 2005

Source: Lodi News-Sentinel

http://www.lodinews.com/articles/2005/08/11/news/2_farooqia_qna_050811.txt

On August 11, 2005 the Lodi News-Sentinel reported, "The Farooqia Islamic Center, a school and worship center planned for south of Lodi, was conceived by members of the Lodi Muslim Mosque more than a decade ago. However, there have been recent allegations that a school on the site could become linked to a Pakistani campus that allegedly...

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Nomani Death Threat Traced to Chico

August 11, 2005

Source: AsraNomani.com / Chico Enterprise Record

http://asranomani.com/media/archives/2005/08/chico_enterpris.php

On August 11, 2005 Chico Enterprise Record reported, "A death threat made against an outspoken Muslim writer has been linked to Chico. Asra Nomani, who challenges what she calls Islamic discrimination against women, got a phone message in May from a man who said unless she 'shut up,' he'd slaughter her like an animal. The call was traced and...

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Twin Cities Women Challenge Political Status Quo as Mayoral Candidates

August 11, 2005

Source: Pulse of the Twin Cities

http://www.pulsetc.com/article.php?sid=1989

On August 11, 2005 the Pulse of the Twin Cities reported, "Minnesota may be a blue state, edging ever closer to red status, but as the September 13 primary approaches, Twin Cities voters will be seeing Green. This year Green Party Minnesota has endorsed two candidates for mayor: Farheen Hakeem in Minneapolis and Elizabeth Dickinson in St. Paul. Both women are first-time mayoral candidates and long-time...

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Religion on the Sharp Decline in Europe, Except for Islam

August 10, 2005

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2005-08-10-europe-religion-cover_x.htm

On August 10, 2005 USA Today reported, "Church attendance in Ireland, though still among the highest in Western Europe, has fallen from about 85% to 60% from 1975 to 2004, according to the Dublin Archdiocese... Ireland is not an exception. Every major religion except Islam is declining in Western Europe, according to the Center for the Study on Global...

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Arlington Police Investigate Attack on Muslim Woman

August 9, 2005

Source: NBC4.com News

http://www.nbc4.com/news/4830091/detail.html

On August 9, 2005 NBC4.com News reported, "Arlington police are investigating a Tuesday morning attack on a pregnant woman. Mary Anne Coldia, 23, said she was attacked by three men who shouted anti-Muslim slurs and called her a terrorist. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, is calling on local and federal authorities to treat the attack as a hate crime....

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British Government May Take Control of Muslim Schools

August 9, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/172/story_17252_1.html

On August 9, 2005 the Religion News Service reported, "To help combat terrorism, the British government is proposing an enormous expansion of the number of Muslim schools within its state sector, a London newspaper has reported. The Sunday Telegraph report says that the government is thinking of creating up to 150 Muslim schools within the state...

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Poll Shows Most Dutch Want Ban on Headscarves for Public Officials

August 8, 2005

Source: Daily Times

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_6-8-2005_pg4_11

On August 8, 2005 Reuters reported, "A majority of Dutch people want a ban on public officials wearing Muslim headscarves, a significant fall in religious tolerance from two years ago when most people did not back a ban, a poll showed on Friday. The survey, conducted by pollsters TNS Nipo for Binnenlands Bestuur...

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Artist to Project Laser Buddhas on Cliffside Destroyed by Taliban

August 8, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/172/story_17240_1.html

On August 8, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "When the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan destroyed two 1,600-year-old Buddha statues lining Bamiyan Valley's soaring cliffs, the world shook with shock at the demise of such huge archaeological treasures. Now, artist Hiro Yamagata plans to commemorate the towering Buddhas by projecting...

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Opinion: Fatwa Against Terror Falls Short of Strength It Could Have Had

August 8, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20050807-092808-8354r.htm

On August 8, 2005 The Washington Times ran an opinion piece by Walid Phares, a senior fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington and a professor of Middle East Studies at Florida Atlantic University, on the North American fatwa against terrorism. Phares writes, "A number of North American-based Muslim organizations, clerics and activists held a recent...

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Immigrant Muslims Balance Cultures in the US

August 7, 2005

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.mcrcnet.org/Balance.htm

On August 7, 2005 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, "Adam Bdeir jigged his shoulders like rapper Jay-Z. Then the 7-year-old spat out the Arabic alphabet, to the beat of a Middle Eastern drum: Alif, Baa, Taa. The so-called Alif Baa rap, concocted at a summer camp among suburban estates, is a twist on an old story: immigrants and their children become part of American society by fusion. But it also captures - in the...

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Post 9-11 Workplace Discrimination Claims Continue

August 7, 2005

Source: Salt Lake Tribune / USA Today

http://www.sltrib.com/business/ci_2922645

On August 7, 2005 USA Today reported, "Nearly four years after the terrorist attacks, Muslim, South Asian and Arab-American employees continue to report discrimination on the job. Compared with the first two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the number of employees saying they have been discriminated against as a form of backlash because of the attacks has declined. But charges continue to come in...

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Opinion: Salman Rushdie Urges Islamic Reform

August 7, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/05/AR2005080501483.html

On August 7, 2005 The Washington Post ran an opinion piece by Salman Rushdie, a novelist and essayist and author of "The Satanic Verses," on the need for Islamic reform in Britain. Rushdie writes, "[Sir Iqbal] Sacranie, [head of the Muslim Council of Britain], is a strong advocate of Blair's much-criticized new religious-...

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New Wave of American Imams Bridge Gap Between Islamic Traditions and Second Generation

August 7, 2005

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.mcrcnet.org/New-Wave.htm

On August 7, 2005 The Sacramento Bee reported, "There's a new imam in town who criticizes forced arranged marriages, insists Muslim nations need to become democracies and says it's OK to drink an ice-cold martini - if you're dying of thirst in the desert. And he uses the Qur'an to back him up. He's Mohammed Abdul Azeez of SALAM Islamic Center, and he's tall, hip and handsome... As terrorism in the name of radical Islam...

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Faith Groups Oppose Compulsory ID Cards

August 7, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,2763,1544226,00.html

On August 7, 2005 The Guardian reported, "Mounting concerns over the government's plans to introduce compulsory ID cards were given fresh impetus yesterday after it emerged that Britain's major religions oppose the scheme. A previously unpublicised report, produced by the Faith Community Consultation (FCC) consortium, which comprises representatives from the country's...

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