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Saudi-American Woman Running for CA State Assembly

September 17, 2004

Source: Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0917/p02s01-uspo.html

On September 17, 2004 Christian Science Monitor reported, "Ferial al-Masry, who is the Democratic candidate for California's 37th Assembly District after a write-in campaign that drew local, national, and international attention... [Masry] is breaking stereotypes of Arab Muslim women as she seeks to become the first Saudi-born American to hold elective office in the United States......

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In Texas, 9/11 Memorials Marked by Interreligious Events

September 17, 2004

Source: The Austin Chronicle

http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2004-09-17/pols_naked6.html

On September 17, 2004 The Austin Chronicle reported, "in Austin, there were attempts to reach across religious and cultural divides; some results were impressive, some were mixed. At the state Capitol, people of the Islamic faith from around the state converged on the second annual Texas Muslims Legislative Day, an event sponsored by the Freedom...

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Muslim Officer Builds Bridges in Houston

September 16, 2004

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2799993

On September 16, 2004 Houston Chronicle reported, "like most Americans, Houston police officer Muzaffar Siddiqi was shaken to his core by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. A Muslim who had fought crime and terror for years in his native Pakistan, Siddiqi understood the anger and grief that was now spreading throughout his new country. But he also understood the fear of being...

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China's Muslims "Push the Barriers of Faith," Have Female Imams

September 15, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3656180.stm

On September 15, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Against a desert backdrop, surrounded by parched yellow-earth hills, an army of worshippers sing devotional chants as they march through a compound to the central mosque. Ningxia province is the heartland of Islam in China - and the base of Hong Yang, a Muslim leader who commands a million Chinese followers... Religious rituals only resurfaced in the 1980s...

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Sikhs and Muslims Engage Educators Over Religious Awareness in Fremont, CA

September 15, 2004

Source: Argus

http://www.theargusonline.com/Stories/0,1413,83~1971~2402535,00.html

On September 15, 2004 The Argus reported that, "advocates explain common misconceptions of respective religions to Fremont teachers. With an increase in the number of Muslim immigrants whose children wear scarves to school and pray between classes, along with the stereotypes stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, harassment [has become] prevalent... [Maha]...

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Christian Group Concerned About Proposed Anti-Religious Hate Law

September 15, 2004

Source: CNSNews.com

http://www.cnsnews.com/ForeignBureaus/archive/200409/FOR20040915b.html

On September 15, 2004 CNSNews.com reported, "An international charity working with Christians in Islamic societies has launched a campaign to oppose a plan by the British government to outlaw incitement on religious grounds. Muslim groups, who have been pressing for such a move, welcomed the proposal by Home Secretary David Blunkett to 'ban incitement to...

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Justice Department Investigates Arrest of Muslim Lawyer in OR

September 14, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/14/politics/14inquiry.html

On September 14, 2004 The New York Times reported, "the Justice Department has opened dual internal investigations into the department's arrest of a Muslim lawyer in Oregon who was mistakenly linked to the Madrid train bombings because fingerprints found at the scene of that terrorist attack were misread, officials said Monday. The lawyer, Brandon Mayfield, said in a complaint...

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Ryerson University Responds to Anti-Muslim and Anti-Jewish Vandalism

September 14, 2004

Source: The Eyeopener

http://www.theeyeopener.com/storydetail.cfm?storyid=1192

On September 14, 2004 The Eyeopener reported, "Toronto police and the Canadian Federation of Students are taking the hate crimes that happened on campus over the summer seriously. More uniformed police officers will be at Ryerson this year. But no new updates are available for the investigation into the threats and vandalism on campus. 'We're just showing the flag and saying "hi." It's...

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Photo Exhibit Highlights Scotland's Religious Leaders

September 14, 2004

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/features.cfm?id=1076062004

On September 14, 2004 The Scotsman reported, "Each of the men and women captured on film by [photographer Luke] Watson is a prominent member of a different faith community in Scotland. They make up a rich panorama of traditions, and will be displayed as part of the Keeping Faith exhibition, which opens on Friday at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Archbishop Brian Smith, of the Scottish...

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Muslims Celebrate Ganeshotsav With Hindu Neighbors

September 14, 2004

Source: Pune Newsline

http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=99619

On September 14, 2004 Pune Newsline reported, "You go out there seeking the extraordinary. After all, it’s about Muslims participating in Ganeshotsav. You expect it to be unique. Only to be told matter-of-factly, time and again, 'shorn of our religions, aren’t we all the same?' Half the members of Taboot Street Tarun Mandal in Camp are Muslims by faith. But they feel the...

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Amnesty International Finds Profiling a Growing Problem Since 9-11

September 13, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/09/13/racial.profiling.ap/index.html

On September 13, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "authorities' targeting of people because of their racial background or religious affiliation is a deep-rooted problem in the United States, with nearly 32 million people reporting they've been racially profiled, a human rights group said Monday. The report by Amnesty International USA also said at least 87 million...

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Headscarf Controversy Puts French Muslims in Difficult Situation

September 12, 2004

Source: The Guardian

Wire Service: AP

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4490432,00.html

On September 12, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "When 12-year-old Faten Ben Debaieb returned to school after summer vacation, she faced a painful choice: take off her head scarf or be expelled. For France's Muslim community, a similar dilemma loomed 2,500 miles away in Iraq. There, kidnappers were threatening to...

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