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Christian Leaders Offer Support to American Muslims After Qur’an Desecration Report

May 27, 2005

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050527/NEWS01/505270525/1006/NEWS01

On May 27, 2005 The Indianapolis Star reported, "American Muslims are deeply concerned and hurt by allegations that military guards and interrogators may have desecrated the Quran at Guantanamo Bay, said Sayyid M. Syeed, secretary general of the Plainfield-based Islamic Society of North America. But, he added, the...

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Update: Wisconsin Prisons Change Policy to Accommodate Religious Headscarf

May 27, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5034795,00.html

On May 27, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "the state Department of Corrections will change its policy to allow visitors to Wisconsin prisons to wear religious headwear, an official said Thursday. Secretary Matt Frank's announcement came a day after a lawsuit accused the department and two male prison guards of violating a Muslim woman's right to...

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Somali Cabbies Ticketed for Islamic Prayers at Cleveland Airport

May 26, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_fullstory.asp?id=35475

On May 26, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "Somali immigrants who work as cabbies at Cleveland Hopkins airport say police are ticketing them when they step out of their cabs for traditional Islamic prayer. Police say they are enforcing a requirement that all drivers remain in their vehicles outside the terminal. Officers say they are trying to maintain order in an increasingly...

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Stockton Council Teams Up with Muslim Council to Launch Diversity Education Program

May 25, 2005

Source: The Muslim News/Stockport Express

http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/news/news.php?article=9230

On May 25, 2005 the Stockport Express reported, "Stockport schoolchildren will be the first in the country to take part in a project to breed multi-racial harmony. Council education bosses have teamed up with the Muslim Council of Britain to use new resource packs supporting the teaching of Islam in primary schools. The initiative was launched at Cheadle Muslim...

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Muslim Woman Sues After Being Ordered to Remove Headscarf During Prison Visit

May 25, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/news/politics/11737472.htm

On May 25, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "to Cynthia Rhouni, the black scarf that always covers her head and shoulders in the presence of men shows she's a devout Muslim woman... Rhouni claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday that male prison guards ordered her to take off her scarf, or hijab, in order to visit an inmate at the...

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Qur’an Found in Stockton Toilet

May 25, 2005

Source: KESQ

Wire Service: AP

http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=3372410

On May 25, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Campus police at San Joaquin Delta College are investigating a report that a student found a copy of the Quran in a library toilet at the college. The student claims to have found the Muslim holy book in the toilet of a second-floor men's bathroom in the library just after 7:00 Wednesday evening. Campus police Sergeant...

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North Carolina Pastor Apologizes for Offensive Sign

May 25, 2005

Source: WFMY News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.wfmynews2.com/news/local_state/local_article.aspx?storyid=41815

On May 25, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A North Carolina pastor is apologizing to Muslims for a sign in front of his church that said, 'The Koran needs to be flushed.' A now-retracted Newsweek story alleging US interrogators flushed Islam's holy book down a toilet triggered demonstrations in...

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Human Rights Activist Calls for Islamic Liberation Theology

May 24, 2005

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/main/archives/2005/05/lily_munir_on_i.php

On May 24, 2005 Muslim Wake Up! reported, "Lily Zakiyah Munir is a leading Indonesian Muslim human rights activist. She is the director of the Jakarta-based Centre for Pesantren and Democracy Studies that works with the ‘ulama and students of Indonesian Islamic boarding schools or pesantrens. In this she interview speaks to Yoginder Sikand about her work...

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Journalist Sued by the Muslim Union for Defamation

May 24, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4576663.stm

On May 24, 2005 BBC News reported, "Controversial Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci is to face trial for allegedly insulting the Muslim faith in her latest book, a court in Italy says. Ms Fallaci is being sued by the head of the Muslim Union of Italy, who says 'The Force of Reason' is defamatory. The journalist caused an uproar with 'The Rage and the Pride,' published two weeks after the 11...

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Church Sign States "Koran Needs to be Flushed"

May 24, 2005

Source: The Digital Courier

http://www.thedigitalcourier.com/articles/2005/05/24/news/news01.txt

On May 24, 2005 The Digital Courier reported, "A sign in front of a Baptist church on one of the most traveled highways in the county stirred controversy over religious tolerance and first-amendment rights this weekend. A sign in front of Danieltown Baptist Church, located at 2361 U.S. 221 south reads 'The Koran needs to be flushed,' and the Rev. Creighton...

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University Meditation Room in Flint Becomes Contested Space

May 23, 2005

Source: The Flint Journal

http://www.mlive.com/news/fljournal/index.ssf?/base/news-29/111686171918890.xml

On May 23, 2005 The Flint Journal reported, "a room for peaceful reflection and prayer at the University of Michigan-Flint has become anything but. Instead, Room 386 at the University Center - known as the Meditation Room - is at the heart of a months-long religious dispute between Muslim and non-Muslim students. The non-Muslims began...

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Government Seeks to Resolve Conflict in Southern Province

May 23, 2005

Source: MSNBC/Newsweek

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7857269/site/newsweek/

On May 23, 2005 Newsweek reported, "The amateur video looked like something that would appear on Al-Jazeera: a group of men with long, gray beards and white Muslim robes sitting in a spartan room at a hidden location, discussing Islam. But instead of denouncing the West and plotting terrorist attacks, the group was engaged in an emotional discussion about how to halt spiraling religious violence in...

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CAIR Calls for FBI Investigation of Alleged Bias Crime in Staten Island

May 23, 2005

Source: Staten Island Advance

http://www.silive.com/news/advance/index.ssf?/base/news/1116854280248670.xml

On May 23, 2005 the Staten Island Advance reported, "the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling for the FBI to investigate the purported beating of a Muslim student who is a seventh-grader at New Dorp Christian Academy.

'All we want is justice,' Wissam Nasr, executive director of CAIR New York, said during a...

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Palos Heights Mosque Case Puts Spotlight on Religious Freedom

May 22, 2005

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-mosque22.html

On May 22, 2005 the Chicago Sun-Times reported, "although Al Salam Mosque Foundation's attorney Gregory Kulis is disappointed a federal court jury rejected the Muslim group's claims that Palos Heights violated its civil rights and kept it from building a mosque five years ago, he's glad the lawsuit put a glaring spotlight on the issue of religious freedom. 'We're glad we brought...

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