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Cat Stevens: "I Am a Victim of an Unjust and Arbitrary System"

September 28, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com/Los Angeles Times

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/153/story_15359.html

On September 28, 2004 the Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed piece by Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) on the subject of his denial of entry into the U.S. After describing his detention and questioning by U.S. FBI agents, Islam writes, "God almighty! Is this the same planet I'd taken off from? I was devastated. The unbelievable thing is that only two months earlier, I had...

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Asian Leaders Concerned Over Anti-Muslim Components of War of Terror

September 28, 2004

Source: Chanel News Asia

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/108840/1/.html

On September 28, 2004 Agence France-Presse reported, "Asian countries challenged world leaders to redraw their battle plans in the war on terror by training their sights on religious intolerance, poverty and social injustice. Taking centre stage at the annual United Nations debate, Asian leaders also...

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In IL, Candidate's Remarks Condemned by Muslims

September 28, 2004

Source: Chicago Daily Herald

http://www.dailyherald.com/search/main_story.asp?intID=3825838

On September 28, 2004 the Chicago Daily Herald reported, "the Republican challenger to three-term Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky said Monday he's distrusted Islam 'for years' and supports the federal government planting human monitors in mosques to track the activity of those practicing the religion there. Kurt Eckhardt's comments brought swift criticism from Schakowsky...

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A Campaign of Compassion Highlights Post-9/11 Hate Crimes

September 28, 2004

Source: The Daily Northwesterner

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On September 28, 2004 The Daily Northwesterner reported, "Evanston [Illinois] resident Anya Cordell is trying hard to convince people that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks killed people beyond New York City and Washington, D.C. She wants the history books of the future to 'tell the whole story,' including those of the victims of backlash crimes following Sept. 11. Cordell has begun the 'Campaign for Collateral Compassion,'...

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Hate Mail Stuffed With Pork Sent to Muslims

September 28, 2004

Source: stuff/The Dominion Post

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3047192a11,00.html

On September 28, 2004 The Dominion Post reported, "Racist hate letters, some stuffed with pieces of pork, are being sent to Wellington Muslims. Community leaders say the campaign may be designed to fuel racial tensions between Jews and Muslims. Police are investigating the letters, which follow two recent anti-Semitic attacks in the city. The letters have been sent mainly to Somali...

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Film About Violence Against Muslim Women Sparks Protests

September 27, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/27/international/europe/27netherlands.html

On September 27, 2004 The New York Times reported, "The images roll on, now showing a woman lying on the ground, her back and legs marked by red traces of a whip. The Koranic verses on her wounded flesh say that those guilty of adultery or sex outside marriage shall be punished with 100 lashes. There are chilling sounds of a cracking whip; there is...

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Leaders in Edmonton Say City is Model of Religious Cooperation

September 27, 2004

Source: CANOE/Edmonton Sun

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On September 27, 2004 the Edmonton Sun reported, "Leaders of the city's various religious communities said yesterday that Edmontonians bucked a trend toward religious intolerance after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. And Sen. Doug Roche - who is recognized for his international work with the United Nations to promote peace - said the co-operation between religions in this city should serve as an international example. 'Sept. 11 was a...

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Kansas Imam Cites Civic and Religious Duty of Voting

September 26, 2004

Source: Kansas City Star

Wire Service: AP

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/9766447.htm

On September 26, 2004 the Kansas City Star/AP reported, "voting is a civic duty for all Americans and a religious duty for Muslims, speakers said at the Heartland Muslim Council's annual dinner... The dinner's keynote speaker, Imam Omar Hazim of the Islamic Center of Topeka, Kan., said the Quran's concept of 'mutual...

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Group References Mussolini's Law to Justify Headscarf Ban

September 26, 2004

Source: Al-Jazeerah/The Independent Arab News

http://www.aljazeerah.info/News%20archives/2004%20News%20archives/September/26n/Italians%20Invoke%20Mussolinis%20Law%20to%20Ban%20Muslim%20Head%20Scarf.htm

On September 26, 2004 The Independent Arab News reported, "Italy’s reputation for religious tolerance was in the balance last week after a ban on Muslim women...

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Muslims Fear Backlash Related to Hostage Crisis

September 25, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1312481,00.html

On September 25, 2004 The Guardian reported, "The government's crisis command unit, Cobra, is monitoring tension levels around Britain to guard against extremists using the plight of the British hostage Ken Bigley as an excuse to attack Muslims. As the hostage crisis entered its ninth day, efforts in Britain and Iraq intensified to secure the release of Mr Bigley, 62, who is being...

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In Swing States, Muslims Extend Invitations to Candidates

September 25, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw104707_20040925.htm

On September 25, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "a coalition of Muslim groups has invited both presidential campaigns, plus statewide and local candidates, to discuss civil rights in meetings in the key swing states that also have large numbers of Muslims: Michigan, Ohio and Florida... Campaign spokesmen for President Bush and Democrat John Kerry said staff are reviewing...

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Church Gives "Qualified Support" to Proposed Anti-Religious Hatred Law

September 24, 2004

Source: Church Times

http://www.churchtimes.co.uk/80256E4E00384246/httpPublicPages/C65BC7ABF733007880256F18004F5D28?opendocument

On September 24, 2004 the Church Times reported, "The Church of England has warned the Government that community relations are threatened not only by terrorists who claim to be defending Islam, but by some of the measures being taken against them. But the Church continues to give '...

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Blair Promises Anti-Religious Discrimination Law

September 24, 2004

Source: Church Times

http://www.churchtimes.co.uk/80256E4E00384246/httpPublicPages/D6A81B2C3F616D5780256F1F00405942?opendocument

On September 24, 2004 the Church Times reported, "The Prime Minister announced this week that he would change the law to make religious discrimination unlawful. In his keynote speech to the Labour Party Conference in Brighton on Tuesday, Tony Blair said that he was acting to demonstrate...

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Interfaith Service Held to Remember Hostage Killed in Iraq

September 24, 2004

Source: News 11

http://www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=52309

On September 24, 2004 News 11 reported, "An interfaith candlelight prayer vigil was held Thursday evening for executed American hostage Jack Hensley. About 250 people attended the service held on the square in Marietta, [Georgia]. Hensley's family was not in attendance. They are expected to attend a service scheduled for this Saturday. The leaders of the First Baptist church...

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