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At Abrahamic Conference, Former Governor Calls for Cooperation Among Faiths in Fighting Terror

May 23, 2004

Source: The Age

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/22/1085176042272.html

On May 23, 2004 The Age reported, "Former state governor Sir James Gobbo yesterday criticised people who supported suicide bombing. 'Those who link deliberate suicide to divine approval and reward, whatever the cause, are distorting religion, not preaching it,' Sir James, chairman of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, told the weekend's third international Inter-Religion...

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Update: Hamtramck Officials Wade Through Petitions, Protests on Call to Prayer

May 23, 2004

Source: Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0405/23/b03-160686.htm

On May 23, 2004 Detroit News reported, "A controversial noise ordinance allowing a mosque to broadcast daily Islamic calls to prayer over loud speakers is set to go into effect Wednesday. But it probably won’t go into effect because of a petition protesting the ordinance. But it probably won’t matter because the mosque plans to broadcast the calls to prayer anyway....

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Group Fights Islamic Law in Canada, Citing Infringement of Women's Rights

May 22, 2004

Source: Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1085177409128

On May 22, 2004 the Toronto Star reported, "Last fall, [Homa] Arjomand, [a refugee immigrant to Canada from Iran and] now a transitional counsellor in Toronto for immigrant women, heard the...

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In Detroit, Muslim Girls Celebrate Taking the Veil

May 21, 2004

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Wire Service: AP

http://www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw98203_20040521.htm

On May 21, 2004 The Detroit Free Press reported that, at a recent celebration organized by the Muslim Scouts of Michigan at the Islamic House of Wisdom, 43 girls ages 8 to 11 participated in a Takleef festival. The festival marks their entry into spiritual adulthood, a stage where they have accepted the responsibility of the veil...

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Sikhs Commend Settlement of Headscarf Case in OK

May 21, 2004

Source: Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/press/pressdetail.asp?pressid=70

On May 21, 2004 Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force welcomed the announcement this week that a Muslim girls’ right to wear a headscarf at an Oklahoma school was upheld. "On Wednesday, May 19, The Department of Justice (DOJ), which filed a lawsuit on behalf of the sixth-grade student in March, announced the settlement revising the student...

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Government Urges Muslim Leaders to Fight Extremists, Promote "Sense of Pride" in Country

May 20, 2004

Source: The Independent

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=522983

On May 20, 2004 The Independent reported, 'Muslim leaders were urged by the Government yesterday to redouble efforts to counter 'extremists' in their community whose hardline teachings inflame racial tension. The Home Office called for a drive to give all Britons, whatever their colour, a 'sense of pride' in the country and enable them to identify with its...

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Opinion: In Kosovo, U.S. Not Living Up to Its Foreign Policy on Protecting Religious Freedom For All

May 20, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://search.csmonitor.com/search_content/0520/p09s02-coop.html

On May 20, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor ran an opinion piece by Lawrence A. Uzzell, president of International Religious Freedom Watch, about the lack of attention to "ethnic cleansing" of Christian Serbs in Kosovo. Uzzell writes, "Six years ago the US launched a noble experiment, becoming the first nation to proclaim international religious freedom...

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National Council of Imams and Islamic Centers to be Established

May 19, 2004

Source: Muslim American Society

http://www.masnet.org/pressroom_release.asp?id=1225http://www.masnet.org/pressroom_release.asp?id=1225

On May 19, 2004 the Muslim American Society reported, "On June 4-6, 2004, in Washington, DC, imams and directors of Islamic Centers from across the nation will meet to ratify the constitution for the establishment of a National Council for Imams and Islamic Centers in the United States...

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Jewish Organization Commends Headscarf Verdict in OK

May 19, 2004

Source: The American Jewish Congress

http://www.ajcongress.org/pages/RELS2004/MAY_2004/may04_03.htm

On May 19, 2004 The American Jewish Congress reported that they "praised the settlement agreement between a Muskogee Oklahoma school girl, supported by the Justice Department, and the Muskogee Public School District, that will allow her to continue wearing her hijab. On May 7, 2004, AJCongress filed a friend of the court brief in the case of Nashala Hearn v....

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