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Muslim Youth in America Lead a New Religious Future

December 23, 2004

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0412230227dec23,1,4940419.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

On December 23, 2004 the Chicago Tribune reported, "the children of Muslim immigrants who began coming to this country in larger numbers in the 1970s are going to college. Born in America or brought here when they were young, they are defining what it means to be a Muslim...

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Thousands of Teachers Strike in South, Demand Gov't Protection Against Muslim Militants

December 23, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4119965.stm

On December 23, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Thousands of teachers have gone on strike in southern Thailand, urging the authorities to do more to protect them from attacks by Muslim militants.

Teachers say they are perceived by the rebels to be representatives of the Buddhist-dominated administration.

Bangkok said it would send 2,000 extra policemen south to boost security....

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Catholics, Protestants Decline; Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism on the Increase

December 22, 2004

Source: NZZ Online/swissinfo

http://nzz.ch/2004/12/22/english/page-synd5418722.html

On December 22, 2004 swissinfo reported, "The religious landscape has changed in Switzerland, with the Catholic and Protestant Churches emerging as the biggest losers. A substantial proportion of the population say they are not religious and minority religions, such as Islam, are on the rise. About 75 per cent of the population are practising Catholics and Protestants, according to...

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Local Homeland Security Officials No-Show at Muslim Town Hall Meeting in CA

December 21, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-muslim21dec21,1,5062369.story

On December 21, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "Muslim American groups from Southern California held a town hall meeting Monday to discuss with federal officials what they call unfair targeting of Muslim travelers and immigrants in the wake of 9/11. Nearly 500 people attended the meeting, held at a La Mirada hotel. But not everyone on the coalition's...

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Illegal Immigrants Participate in Counterterrorism Program, Now Face Deportation

December 21, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/21/national/21deport.html

On December 21, 2004 The New York Times reported, "last year, Mr. [Rafiqul] Islam and thousands of other Arab and Muslim men came forward to be fingerprinted, photographed and interviewed by immigration officials hunting for terrorists. Officials ultimately determined that almost none of them had links to terrorism. But Mr. Islam was in this country illegally, and the judge said he...

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Toronto Mosque Seen as Model for More Flexible Form of Islam in West

December 21, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com/Religion News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/158/story_15843_1.html

On December 21, 2004 the Religion News Service reported, "The handful of girls and women arriving for Friday prayers at the Islamic center make small talk before removing their coats and shoes, tying their head scarves and quietly filing into the prayer room -- just as their Muslim sisters do the world over this day...The only conspicuous difference is that at the Noor...

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Muslim School in MA Combines Education with Islamic Values

December 20, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2004/12/20/finding_a_haven_amid_the_storm/

On December 20, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "at the Al Bustan school in Cambridge, 4-year-old's learn songs, how to read in English and Arabic, and to pray; female teachers wear hijab head scarves and infuse their lessons with an introduction to Muslim customs and practices... In the past three years, Muslim families...

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Pastor Convicted of Vilifying Islam Under Racial Discrimination Act

December 20, 2004

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11737834%255E2702,00.html

On December 20, 2004 The Australian reported, "Christian churches are divided about a religious vilification ruling that could see a failed Senate candidate for the religious-based Family First party forced to pay damages. Danny Nalliah, a pastor from the Christian fundamentalist church Catch the Fire Ministries, was found...

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Sharifa Alkhateeb, American Muslim Leader, Women's Rights Champion, Passes in 2004

December 20, 2004

Source: Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

http://www.wrmea.com/archives/December_2004/0412051.html

On December 20, 2004 the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs reported, "Dr. Sharifa Alkhateeb's smile and her voice, bubbling with optimism and determination, are now gone. But her memory will remain with everyone who knew her for a very long time to come. Alkhateeb died Oct. 21 of pancreatic cancer in Ashburn, VA. After a lifetime spent working to help...

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Muslim Girl Expelled from School for Wearing Jilbab Takes Case to Appeals Court

December 20, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/beds/bucks/herts/4109697.stm

On December 20, 2004 the BBC News reported, "A school that barred a Muslim girl who wanted to wear traditional 'head-to-toe' dress behaved illegally, an appeal court has been told. Shabina Begum, 15, has not been attending Denbigh High School in Luton since September 2002 in a row over her wish to wear a jilbab. Cherie Booth, QC, told the court on Monday the...

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Muslims Viewed With High Levels of Disapproval, Survey Says

December 19, 2004

Source: Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1409301,00.html

On December 19, 2004 the Times Online reported, "Europe's reputation as a tolerant haven for people of all religions may be under threat. Muslims are apparently being viewed with high levels of disapproval, a survey has revealed. Sweden emerges as the most pessimistic west European nation; 75% of Swedes questioned said there is 'definitely a lot' or 'rather a lot' of disapproval...

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Update: Anti-Racism Group's Leaflets Response to BNP's Leaflefts Against Islam

December 19, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/4109355.stm

On December 19, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Around 50 anti-racism campaigners gathered in Swansea on Sunday to deliver leaflets opposing fascism.

Campaigners said it was in response to a leaflet drop by the British National Party (BNP) opposing plans for a new mosque to be built in the city.

The Muslim community want to open a new mosque in the former St Andrews United...

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