Islam

Local Columnist Speaks Out Against Muslim Hate Crimes

October 5, 2004

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/news/editorial/9835183.htm

On October 5, 2004 St. Paul Pioneer Press provided a report in response to recent acts of vandalism at a local Islamic center. "The vast majority of Americans, we believe, are smart enough to understand that while the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were indeed carried out by Muslim extremists, their views are a minority among the estimated 1 billion Muslims...

Read more about Local Columnist Speaks Out Against Muslim Hate Crimes

In FL , Arab Americans Rally for Change in White House

October 4, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/yahoo/la-na-arab04oct04,1,2594908.story

On October 4, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported that, "on Sunday night, a surprising new ethnic thread wove itself into Florida's ever-complicated political fabric: the frustrated Arab American. Business owners, physicians, lawyers and others — furious over the Bush administration's post-Sept. 11 policies that many believe unfairly target Muslims and Arab...

Read more about In FL , Arab Americans Rally for Change in White House

Muslim Girl Shaves Head to Beat Headscarf Ban

October 2, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/world/newsid_3710000/3710134.stm

On October 2, 2004 the BBC News reported, "A 15-year-old girl has beaten the ban on headscarves in French schools by shaving off her hair. Cennet Doganay was banned from classes for wearing a headscarf after a law preventing kids from wearing religious signs in schools came in. 'I will respect both French law and Muslim law by taking off what I have on my head and not...

Read more about Muslim Girl Shaves Head to Beat Headscarf Ban

Denver Airport Ok's Religious Headwear for Employee Photos

October 2, 2004

Source: Rock Mountain News

[rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_3224918,00.html]

On October 2, 2004 Rock Mountain News reported, "Denver International Airport says it believes it has resolved a dispute over Muslim women and Sikh men being ordered to remove their religious headwear for identification photos. Employee complaints over the practice led to a federal mediation service sending a representative to the airport. DIA spokesman Steve Snyder said a number of airport workers objected to removing...

Read more about Denver Airport Ok's Religious Headwear for Employee Photos

Interfaith Dialogue Dinner in Atlanta Area

October 1, 2004

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/gwinnett/1004/02turk.html

On October 1, 2004 Atlanta Journal Constitution reported, "officials at the Istanbul Cultural Center in Norcross are sponsoring their second Interfaith Dialogue Dinner on October 21. The annual event will be an opportunity for clergy and lay people of all faiths to talk about their differences — and hopefully find new areas of common ground. The event comes...

Read more about Interfaith Dialogue Dinner in Atlanta Area

Opinion: U.S. Has Serious Image Problems Abroad

October 1, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1001/p09s02-cods.html?s=hns

On October 1, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor ran a column by Daniel Schorr, senior news analyst at National Public Radio, in which he writes, "Let me warn you, this is all about numbers, which don't usually make for light reading. But this is an especially chilling set of numbers for anyone who cares what the rest of the world thinks of us. They were compiled by...

Read more about Opinion: U.S. Has Serious Image Problems Abroad

Parliament to Vote on Construction of Athens Mosque

October 1, 2004

Source: Arab News

http://arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=52230&d=1&m=10&y=2004

On October 1, 2004 the Arab News reported, "Greek Parliament will vote next week on a bill for the long-delayed construction of a Saudi-funded Islamic center and mosque in Athens, the capital’s first since the end of Ottoman rule. The Greek government has set aside some 35,000 square meters of land in the town of Peania, about 20 km north of the city center and...

Read more about Parliament to Vote on Construction of Athens Mosque

Department of Justice Filing Suit Against NYC Transit Authority for Religious Discrimination

September 30, 2004

Source: Newsday

Wire Service: AP

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny--turbandiscrminati0930sep30,0,3374834.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

On September 30, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Thursday charging New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the nation's largest transit agency, with discriminating...

Read more about Department of Justice Filing Suit Against NYC Transit Authority for Religious Discrimination

Students Rally Against Hate Crimes at Cal Berkeley

September 30, 2004

Source: The Daily Californian

[dailycal.org/article.php?id=16292]

On September 30, 2004 The Daily Californian reported, "senior Dena Rifahie, a victim of an alleged hate crime against her and seven other Muslim females two weeks ago, and dozens of other students and faculty members gathered in Lower Sproul Plaza to bring to light the recent surge of alleged hate crimes on campus and to rally the students who were victims of the crimes. Organized by the Chancellor’s Task Force on Hate and Bias and the Office of Student Life...

Read more about Students Rally Against Hate Crimes at Cal Berkeley

Thousands of Christians Flee, Fearing Rising Islamic Fundamentalism

September 30, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com/Religion News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/153/story_15343_1.html

On September 30, 2004 the Religion News Service reported, "Iraqi Christians flocked to the Latin Catholic church in the Hashmi district of the Jordanian capital, a drab working-class area, where they celebrated Mass in the ancient Chaldean language. On a recent Sunday, some 200 worshippers packed the sanctuary, which is adorned with a simple wooden cross and a picture of...

Read more about Thousands of Christians Flee, Fearing Rising Islamic Fundamentalism

Putin Warns of Surge in Hate Crimes Against Muslims After Recent Terrorist Attacks

September 30, 2004

Source: Russian Independent Internet Digest/The Moscow Times

http://putinru.com/news/item/30576.html

On September 30, 2004 The Moscow Times reported, "President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday warned of a surge in hate crimes in response to the recent terrorist attacks and urged church leaders to help diffuse tensions. 'It is clear that letting criminals push us around by stirring up anti-terrorist anger among people of different faiths and ethnicities is absolutely inadmissible,'...

Read more about Putin Warns of Surge in Hate Crimes Against Muslims After Recent Terrorist Attacks

Pope Urges Pakistani President to Work for Dialogue and Tolerance

September 30, 2004

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2004/10/01/top4.htm

On September 30, 2004 Dawn reported, "Pope John Paul II urged President Pervez Musharraf to work for dialogue and tolerance in the sub-continent during an audience at the Vatican on Thursday. 'In these times of turmoil and violence, I encourage you and your fellow citizens to continue to foster a spirit of dialogue and tolerance in your region,' the pope said in an address to the visiting Pakistani leader and his entourage. 'It...

Read more about Pope Urges Pakistani President to Work for Dialogue and Tolerance

TX Store Owner Who Alleged Hate Crime Now Charged with Arson

September 30, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/30/national/30arson.html

On September 30, 2004 The New York Times reported, "the owner of a Middle Eastern meat market who had said he was the victim of a hate crime in this border town was arrested and arraigned Tuesday on a felony arson charge that he set fire to his own business. The man, Amjad Abunar, had complained that 'Go Home' was twice spray-painted on a door of his Al Madinah Market before a fire on...

Read more about TX Store Owner Who Alleged Hate Crime Now Charged with Arson

Jordan Acts to Curb a Rising Chorus of Critics

September 30, 2004

Author: Scott Wilson

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A60554-2004Sep29?language=printer

His arrest started as an invitation to coffee and ended three days later, when he walked out of a jail cell.

Ahmed Kafaween, a longtime leader of Jordan's most influential Islamic group, arrived at the provincial government building in the southern city of Karak one afternoon this month after...

Read more about Jordan Acts to Curb a Rising Chorus of Critics

Scholar-Activist Advocates Islamic Theology of Pluralism and Social Justice

September 29, 2004

Source: Muslim WakeUp!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/mainarchive/001165.php

On September 29, 2004 Muslim WakeUp! reported, "At a time when religion has assumed a particular potency in shaping and defining inter-community and inter-state rivalries the world over, the need for evolving alternate understandings of religion to creatively deal with the fact of religious pluralism has emerged as a pressing necessity. This is an issue for concerned and socially engaged believers...

Read more about Scholar-Activist Advocates Islamic Theology of Pluralism and Social Justice

Pages