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Muslim Girl Scouts in Minneapolis

July 11, 2005

Source: Minnesota Public Radio

http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/30_tonessb_girlscouts/

On July 11, 2005 Minnesota Public Radio reported, "A group of Girl Scouts gather at a community center in Minneapolis. Like many Girl Scout troops, these young girls start each meeting with the Girl Scout promise. The girls face each other, holding their three middle fingers in the air, and recite their pledge. But this troop does it a...

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Bronx Muslims Worry About Backlash After London Bombings

July 11, 2005

Source: NY1

http://www.ny1.com/ny1/content/index.jsp?stid=12&aid=52069

On July 11, 2005 NY1 reported, "Muslim children from the Baitul Aman Islamic Center enjoyed Monday’s sunny weather, but adults from the center know this is a dangerous time after the subway and bus bombings in London.

'We are very nervous. Every time we walk around in the street with Muslim dress, those people look at us like we are terrorists,' says Muslim Jami Chowdhury....

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Defiant, Alienated Youth Attracted to Radical Islam

July 11, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0711/p01s04-woeu.html?s=hns

On July 11, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Thursday's coordinated terrorist attacks that killed at least 49 people have underscored competing forces within Britain's Muslim community: a minority that advocates violence against Western targets, and those who want to coexist peacefully with Britain's multifaith, multiethnic society. Since the bombings, the...

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ACLU, Muslim, and Interfaith Groups Urge Courts to Allow Multiple Religious Texts for Oaths

July 11, 2005

Source: ACLU

http://www.aclu.org/ReligiousLiberty/ReligiousLiberty.cfm?ID=18762&c=141

On July 11, 2005 an ACLU Press Report stated, "The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina today accused the Administrative Office of Courts of dragging its feet on an important issue of religious freedom and called upon the rule-making body to adopt a policy allowing the use of the Qur’an and other religious texts for the swearing of oaths in court...

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Ethnic Affairs Minister Calls on New Zealanders to Offer Support to Muslim Community After Backlash

July 11, 2005

Source: Scoop

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00220.htm

On July 11, 2005 Scoop ran a press release issued by the New Zealand government that reported, "Ethnic Affairs Minister Chris Carter is calling on all New Zealanders to offer their support and concern to Auckland’s Muslim communities following attacks on six mosques last night. 'At times like this, it is important decent New Zealanders stand up and make it clear they will not hold innocent Muslim families...

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Laramie (WY) Muslims Express Sympathy, Experience Support in Wake of London Bombings

July 11, 2005

Source: Laramie Boomerang

http://www.laramieboomerang.com/news/more.asp?StoryID=103634

On July 11, 2005 the Laramie Boomerang reported, "Whenever an attack like Thursday’s subway and bus bombings in London happens, it wounds Laramie’s Muslims.

'People are very hurt. People from the Muslim community called me immediately,' Laramie Islamic Center President Zafar Dad Khan said. 'Nobody in the Muslim community is happy about this. We have...

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President States, "Islam is Not an Enemy of the West"

July 11, 2005

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2005-07/11/article02.shtml

On July 11, 2005 IslamOnline.net reported, "Austrian President Heinz Fischer has said that Islam is not an enemy of the West, warning of offensive reactions to Muslim minorities across Europe over the London blasts. 'Islam is not an enemy of the West, but the real enemies are a bunch of fanatics who should be isolated,' Fischer told Channel One’s Press Hour...

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In Santa Clara, Mosque Provides Forum for "Difficult Questions"

July 11, 2005

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/the_valley/12104446.htm

On July 11, 2005 The Mercury News reported, "An effort to educate the public about the Muslim faith gained a new urgency Sunday in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in London. The Bay Area's largest mosque held a two-hour open house Sunday, distributing free copies of the Koran for the first time...

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All-Faith Temple "Upholds the Spirit of Ayodhya"

July 10, 2005

Source: The Telegraph

On July 10, 2005 The Telegraph reported, "A kilometre away from the ravaged grounds where the Babri mosque once stood, curious visitors trooped into Satya Mandir. On Wednesday, a special prayer for peace was held in this all-faith temple, which was built after the mosque was brought down in 1992. As political shrapnel flies in the wake of the terror attack on the makeshift Ram temple, priests in this ancient town have taken it upon themselves to preserve social and communal harmony. Guchi, who has been living in...

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Asra Nomani: At the Islamic Center of Southern California, Woman Joins Men in the Main Prayer Hall

July 10, 2005

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.detnews.com/2005/religion/0507/11/A14-242112.htm

On July 10, 2005 the Los Angeles Times reported, "On a recent Friday, a veiled woman entered a mosque and surveyed the scene. In the front, a few hundred men waited for the call to prayer. In the back, women and children sat in a separate area behind tinted glass. With barely a pause, Asra Nomani made her choice. Defying age-old Islamic traditions, she stepped over a low...

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Des Moines Mosque Hosts Open House in Wake of London Attacks

July 10, 2005

Source: The Des Moines Register

http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050710/LIFE05/507100333/1039/LIFE

On July 10, 2005 The Des Moines Register reported, "Last week, while preparing for Saturday's open house at the Islamic Center of Des Moines, one of the Muslim organizers received a disturbing phone call. 'Tell me, when are you going to blow up another bus?' asked the male caller, making an apparent...

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After Bombings, Faith Leaders Stand Together with Joint Statements, Joint Services

July 10, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4668835.stm

On July 10, 2005 BBC News reported, "UK religious leaders have issued a rare joint statement condemning Thursday's 'evil terrorist' attacks in London. Leaders of the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths each read out parts of the statement...

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks said the leaders had come together to commemorate the end of World War II and the 'courage, commitment and sacrifice by which the evil of...

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Opinion: Muslims Must Find New, Non-Violent Language to Express Faith's Values

July 10, 2005

Source: Sunday Herald

http://www.sundayherald.com/50712

On July 10, 2005 the Sunday Herald ran an opinion piece by Merryl Wyn Davies, a British Welsh Muslim woman, co-author of The No- Nonsense Guide To Islam, about the need for reform within Islam to prevent extremist abuse of the religion. Davies writes, "To make a difference in the world, we have to make meaningful change in ourselves. There is little point endlessly complaining about how misunderstood we are when by sheer...

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