Islam

New Mosque Opens in Porterville, CA

December 14, 2004

Source: The Porterville Recorder

http://www.portervillerecorder.com/articles/2004/12/10/news/local_state/news04.txt

On December 14, 2004 The Porterville Recorder reported, "Porterville now has a Muslim place of worship. The Masjid Porterville mosque is open in a renovated church building at Cleveland Avenue and Third Street. For years, religious services were absent from the building, as its lower floor was used for commercial space and...

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Muslims in Utah File Workplace Discrimination Suit

December 14, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/157/story_15780_1.html

On December 14, 2004 Beliefnet reported, "from the time they started work at a Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream manufacturing plant in Salt Lake City, three Muslims from Africa were subjected to derogatory comments from co-workers about their race and religion, they contend. In addition, the black men say their white American counterparts received better pay raises and more opportunities to work overtime...

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One Baha'i, 18 Muslims Imprisoned in Crackdown on Religious Activity

December 13, 2004

Source: Forum 18 News Service

http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=475

On December 13, 2004 Forum 18 News Service reported, "One Baha'i and 18 Muslims were imprisoned for up to two weeks in September, during a crackdown on religious activity in the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhichevan (Naxçivan), between Armenia, Turkey and Iran, Forum 18 News Service has learnt. Baha'i sources told Forum 18 that they believe the charges against Tavachur Aliev were fabricated, to...

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Jehovah's Witnesses Learn Arabic to Reach Out to Muslims in Detroit

December 12, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0412/12/A01-30648.htm

On December 12, 2004 The Detroit News reported, "long famous for using the most rudimentary technique to market their religion -- the method of the door-to-door salesman -- Jehovah's Witnesses are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their quest to bring people to their spiritual beliefs. With some 6 million adherents in 230 countries, the Jehovah's Witnesses say their growing...

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Investigators Claim Arson at Springfield Mosque

December 12, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

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

On December 12, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "investigators probing a fire Wednesday night that severely damaged a Springfield mosque have concluded that it was arson, but have not yet been able to determine whether the blaze was a hate crime, a fire official said...

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Islamic Leaders in TN Offer Public Courses to Promote Understanding

December 12, 2004

Source: Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/local/archives/04/12/63400747.shtml?Element_ID=63400747

On December 12, 2004 Tennessean reported, "when Awadh Binhazim holds diversity training in the Nashville area, he asks his students what comes to mind when they hear the word Muslim. Many say 'murderer,' 'terrorist' or 'bad religion.' To counter these beliefs, Binhazim and other leaders of the Islamic Center of Nashville will hold free...

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City Board Rejects Divestment Proposal in Somerville, MA

December 10, 2004

Source: The Harvard Crimson

http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=505006

On December 10, 2004 The Harvard Crimson reported, "Somerville lawmakers resoundingly rejected a proposal last night to divest the city’s funds from Israeli holdings, effectively ending a debate over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that had sparked controversy in recent weeks. The 9-1 vote by the city’s Board of Aldermen came five weeks after the proposal drafted by Somerville...

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Balkan Leaders Agree Dialogue Only Way to Prevent Return of Ethnic Violence

December 10, 2004

Source: The State

Wire Service: AP

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/world/10386076.htm

On December 10, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Balkan leaders on Friday agreed that strengthening regional dialogue was the only way to prevent the return of ethnic violence that wracked the region in the 1990s. Closing a two-day summit on ethnic and religious tolerance, the presidents of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria,...

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Poor Maternity Care Putting Muslim Women At Risk

December 9, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4078999.stm

On December 9, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Poor maternity care is putting many Muslim women at risk, according to a report by the Maternity Alliance. The most common complaints were about lack of privacy and being treated by male doctors. Many problems were caused by a lack of understanding about the Muslim faith but some were due to discrimination, the report found. The report follows a study into...

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U.S. Judge Orders Islamic Charities With Ties to Hamas to Pay Damages in West Bank Murder Case

December 9, 2004

Source: ABC News

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200412/s1261451.htm

On December 9, 2004 Agence France-Presse reported, "A US judge ordered four Islamic charities accused of raising money for the militant Palestinian group Hamas to pay $US156 million in damages to the parents of a teenager slain in the West Bank. David Boim, 17, was shot and killed in a 1996 attack in West Bank. His parents turned to US...

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