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Muslim Community Concerned Recent Fires May Be Hate Crimes

April 4, 2004

Source: Express-News

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/crime/stories/MYSA04.02B.gas_fires_0404.5f44843.html

On April 4, 2004 the Express-News reported, "Two arson fires less than a week apart at Muslim-owned gas stations on the North Side [of San Antonio, T.X.] have some in the Muslim community worried that the crimes might have been motivated by hate. Though arson investigators haven't uncovered a link, chilling similarities have...

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Three Teens Arrested in Conjunction with Attack on Muslim Graves

April 4, 2004

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2739729

On April 4, 2004 The Scotsman reported, "Three teenagers have been arrested after a 'faith hate' attack on 40 Muslim graves. The gravestones were knocked down and broken in the attack at Charlton Cemetery, south London, last month. The teenagers, aged 13, 15 and 16 have been arrested and bailed to return to a London police station in ten days. The desecration of the graves brought revulsion from the Muslim...

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Concern Developing Over "Hardline Islamic Militancy" in British Muslim Youth

April 4, 2004

Source: The Observer

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1185373,00.html

On April 4, 2004 The Observer reported, "Over the days following the arrests [of eight young British men of Pakistani descent, and a ninth who was born in Algeria, on suspicion of terrorist activities], extremists such as those from Al-Muhajiroun noisily spouted their support for holy war. Moderates closed ranks and rejected the radicals' violent call to arms. The...

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Teens' Project Examines Discrimination Against Muslims in Wisconsin School

April 2, 2004

Source: Waukesha Freeman

http://www.gmtoday.com/news/local_stories/2004/April_04/04022004_02.asp

On April 2, 2004 Waukesha Freeman reported, "Abqure Humbaq turned lots of heads at school earlier this month. The 16-year-old Oconomowoc High School junior, whose real name is Katie Rather, attended Hartford Union High School on March 18 wearing a hijab, a traditional headdress worn by Arab and Muslim women. 'Everyone was staring at me; watching me as I...

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Government To Continue to Promote Peace Among Religions

April 2, 2004

Source: AllAfrica.com

http://allafrica.com/stories/200404020622.html

On April 2, 2004 AllAfrica.com posted a Vanguard article that reported, "Government will continue to promote the peaceful coexistence which exists amongst the various religious groups in the country,' Vice President Atiku Abubakar said yesterday in Abuja. Speaking yesterday when the President, Ibrahim Niyasse University, Dakar, Senegal, Sheikh Imam Hassan Cisse led a 4-man delegation to his office,...

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Terror Attacks Draw Attention to Islamic Fundamentalist Party

April 2, 2004

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/world/20040401-104946-9718r.htm

On April 2, 2004 The Washington Times reported, "A series of suicide bombings and attacks on security forces that have rocked Uzbekistan this week has focused new attention on a secretive, anti-American Islamic fundamentalist party that aims to create a Muslim superstate based on strict Koranic law. But the crackdown on Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami by the authoritarian...

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Travelling Secretary of Scripture Union Praises Peaceful Co-Existence of Christians and Muslims

April 2, 2004

Source: AllAfrica.com

http://allafrica.com/stories/200404020775.html

On April 2, 2004 AllAfrica.com posted an article from The Independent that reported, "Deacon Jah, the travelling secretary of the Scripture Union has expressed satisfaction over the religious tolerance that prevails in the country. Speaking at a Bible quiz competition held recently at Saint Augustine's Senior Secondary School, Jah stated that the manner Christians and Muslims live with each other is...

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High School Tells Muslims to Discontinue Friday Prayer Services on School Property

April 2, 2004

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/8343536.htm?1c

On April 2, 2004 The Kansas City Star reported, "Flanked by a "Street Fighter II" video game and pingpong tables, Muslim students from San Jose High Academy knelt and bowed Friday during their holy juma'a prayer. The service was held at a nearby youth center, which one student vacuumed while others laid bed sheets on the ground. Praising Allah at the...

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Moderate Religious Teachings Key to Establishing New Stable "Religious Civil Societies"

April 1, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0401/p09s01-coop.html

On April 1, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor ran an opinion piece by Amitai Etzioni, the founder of the communitarian movement, on how to curb anarchical tendancies in post-war Afghanistan and Iraq. Etzioni writes, "A typical Western response [to the social disorder] is to focus on law and order, fostering police forces, retrained and under new command. When the police don't...

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Muslim Woman in Ohio Deported, Leaving Three Children Behind

April 1, 2004

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/Midwest/04/01/us.deportation.ap/

On April 1, 2004 CNN reported, "A Muslim woman fighting to remain in the United States was deported to her native Venezuela without her three American-born children. Immigration officials put Amina Silmi on a flight to Caracas on Wednesday. Silmi, of the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, Ohio, was born in Venezuela to Palestinian parents. She came to the United States in 1990, married twice...

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In MA, St. Mary's Church is Transformed into Muslim High School

April 1, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2004/04/01/islamic_high_school_opens_in_renovated_catholic_church/

On April 1, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "For nearly three quarters of a century, it served the Catholic community in Mansfield, first as a church and later as a place for religious education. Now, after sitting idle for nearly two decades, the former St. Mary's church is again...

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German State Bans Headscarf for Teachers

April 1, 2004

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V7175.AP-Germany-Headsca.html

On April 1, 2004 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran an Associated Press article that reported, "A conservative German state on Thursday became the nation's first to ban Muslim teachers from wearing headscarves in public schools, taking a stand in a debate that has split public and political...

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Imams Gather to Discuss Formation of National Muslim Council

March 31, 2004

Source: Muslim American Society

http://www.masnet.org/news.asp?id=1098

On March 31, 2004 Muslim American Society reported, "Imams from across the United States gathered over the weekend in northern Virginia to initiate discussions on the development of a council designed to foster better communication between mosques, Islamic centers and the American Muslim community. Recognizing the lack of unity among American Muslims, the Muslim American Society (MAS) sponsored a conference aimed...

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