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Muslim Cleric Expelled for Advocating Beating of Women

April 20, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3643739.stm

On April 20, 2004 the BBC News reported, "France's interior ministry has ordered the expulsion of a Muslim cleric who advocated the beating of women. Algerian-born Abdelkader Bouziane, an imam in eastern Lyon, told a magazine that the Koran authorised the beating and stoning of adulterous wives. Mr. Bouziane also expressed hopes that 'the entire world becomes Muslim.' The remarks caused an immediate...

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Muslims Point to Media, Police as Fostering "Islamaphobia"

April 20, 2004

Source: MSNBC

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4765845/

On April 20, 2004 MSNBC reported, "British Muslims say that al-Qaida and other militant groups do not speak for their faith because violence is rejected in Islam. But, no matter how fiercely imams and community leaders condemn acts of terrorism, they feel that much of society now views all adherents of the religion as suicide bombers in-waiting. 'I personally feel really victimized,' said Faruq, 30. Recalling the recent kidnapping of a 17-...

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Editorial: Church Bells and Call to Prayer Should Get Equal Air Time

April 20, 2004

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/voices/editorials/ecall20_20040420.htm

On April 20, 2004 The Detroit Free Press published an editorial responding to the current controversy over whether or not Detroit area mosques should be able to air the call to prayer over loudspeakers. The article notes: "As the area's premier community of immigrants, Hamtramck surely should be tolerant of different cultures. But in this city where church bells regularly...

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El Paso Islamic Center Receives Message Threatening Violence

April 20, 2004

Source: The El Paso Times

http://www.borderlandnews.com/stories/borderland/20040420-107941.shtml

On April 20, 2004 The El Paso Times reported, "The FBI is investigating an e-mail that threatened to destroy the Islamic Center of El Paso if hostages in Iraq are not released, center officials said Monday. The threat is the first reported case of anti-Muslim backlash targeting the El Paso mosque since 1995... The e-mail was sent Sunday under the name...

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Muslims Ask Church to Allow Prayer in Cathedral in Ancient Mosque Complex

April 19, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1194663,00.html

On April 19, 2004 The Guardian reported, "Muslims across Spain are lobbying the Roman Catholic church in the southern city of Córdoba to make a symbolic gesture of reconciliation between faiths by allowing them to pray in the city's cathedral. Córdoba's renaissance cathedral sits in the centre of an ancient mosque complex, and local Muslims want to be allowed to...

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Mosque in Strasbourg Vandalized With Swastikas and Crosses

April 19, 2004

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:407fbe00:61c2a843838a4f?

On April 19, 2004 Reuters reported, "Vandals have burned the entrance to a mosque in eastern France and daubed swastikas on the walls, police said on Friday. A rubbish bin outside the mosque was set on fire in the early hours of Thursday and the flames damaged the entrance to the building in the town of Haguenau, just north of Strasbourg. Two swastikas and a...

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The Muslim Vote Stands to Impact Election 2004

April 17, 2004

Source: The Observer-Dispatch

http://www.uticaod.com/archive/2004/04/17/opinion/30247.html

On April 17, 2004 The Observer-Dispatch reported, "No-shows at the ballot box might take a lesson from Muslim-Americans, who are stepping up efforts to assume an active role in the nation's political process. The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections believes that this year's presidential race will be close, and even though its numbers are small,...

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Critics Say Government Repression of Religion Serves to Protect President's Rule

April 17, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-fg-uzbek17apr17,1,521069.story?coll=la-news-religion

On April 17, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "The secular Uzbek government keeps mosques under a tight rein, yet underground groups � both nonviolent and armed � that mix fundamentalist Islamic values with radical political goals have been able to grow. Uzbekistan, which helped the United States...

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Asma Hasan Writes of the Muslim-American Experience

April 16, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/041704dnrelhasan.a65a9.html

On April 16, 2004 The Dallas Morning News reported, "When she was in kindergarten, Asma Gull Hasan was sent to the principal's office at her Catholic school for telling the class that Jesus was not the Son of God. Muslims, she explained, believe that Jesus was a prophet, but not a divine being. After that...

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Opinion: U.S. Problems With "Islamic World" Due to U.S. Policy, Not Lack of Information

April 16, 2004

Source: Middle East Online

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/opinion/?id=9674

On April 16, 2004 the Middle East Online ran an opinion piece by Hady Amr, co-president of the Arab Western Summit of Skills, on the problems of U.S. foreign policy relations with the "Islamic world," specifically the recent Iraq war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Amr writes, "But those who think that a 'fair and balanced' response to Al-Jazeera [the U.S.-funded Arabic-...

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Thai Muslim Group Preaches Peace, Refutes Claims of Involvement in Southern Violence

April 16, 2004

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-04/16/article03.shtml

On April 16, 2004 IslamOnline.net reported, "Rejecting claims by Thai officials that they are behind the current state of unrest in South Thailand, Muslims vowed to preach non-violence in the region, a member of the Islamic Group (IG) or Yayasan Muslimin in Malay - told IslamOnline.net. The IG, a non-official entity that has grouped all the Muslims under one roof...

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