Islam

For American Arabs and Muslims, Anyone Beats Bush

March 13, 2004

Source: Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/402114.html

On March 13, 2004 Haaretz reported, "Surveys conducted a few months ago show that the rate of support for Bush among the Arab community comes to only 38 percent and that he loses among this group to any Democratic candidate. Senator John Kerry, who last week outdistanced all other Democratic candidates in picking up electoral votes, has not yet been subjected to direct examination by surveys aimed at the Arab...

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Update: Chaplain Yee May Receive Honorable Discharge

March 12, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/12/politics/12BRFS5.html

On March 12, 2004 The New York Times reported, "The military is considering settling the case of Capt. James J. Yee by dropping all charges against him and allowing him to leave the Army with an honorable discharge, officials said. Captain Yee, who was the Muslim chaplain at the naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, had been suspected of espionage but was charged with transporting...

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More Czechs Converting to Islam

March 12, 2004

Source: Radio Free Europe

http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/3/19FDEB45-4B52-4C03-B44D-51380E13CF1E.html

On March 12, 2004 Radio Free Europe reported, "The Czech Republic may be one of the most atheistic nations in Europe, but many Czechs are converting to Islam in their search for spirituality. Vladimir Sanka says he is one of several hundred new converts to Islam throughout the country and one of some 10,000 Muslims nationwide...

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Opinion: A "Secular Image" the Way to Overcome Religious Divides

March 12, 2004

Source: The Daily Star

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/opinion/12_03_04_e2.asp

On March 12, 2004 The Daily Star ran an opinion piece by Rabih Khoury, a journalism student at the Lebanese American University, in which he discusses the religious divisions in the country: "Lebanese stereotypes function almost entirely through religion. Now here is the reality of the situation: there are 18 official religions in Lebanon. If we retackle this issue, a second civil war is not that...

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In Chicago, Muslim Leader Honored for Her Bridge-Building Work

March 11, 2004

Source: The Pioneer Press

http://www.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-story/localnews/current/nb/03-11-04-245232.html

On March 11, 2004 The Pioneer Press reported, "Leaders of the Society of the Divine Word's Peace and Justice Commission were so impressed with the way Northbrook's Debra DePalma Youssef organized a diversity event at the Techny Towers last spring, they were inspired to create a special 'bridge building' award -- and give...

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Secret Service: Islamic Extremists Finding Willing Recruits in the Netherlands

March 11, 2004

Source: Chicago Tribune

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On March 11, 2004 the Chicago Tribune reported, "Wars in Iraq and Chechnya, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and alienation of immigrants are helping Islamic extremists find willing recruits in the Netherlands, its secret service said Wednesday. In a report to parliament, the Dutch secret service said an increase in the recruitment of young Muslims, some minors, has occurred. The agency...

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After Sept. 11, Muslims Encounter New Problems in Building Mosques

March 11, 2004

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20040309/5987749s.htm

On March 11, 2004 USA Today reported, "Some Muslim groups seeking to build mosques to accommodate their growing numbers of followers are encountering vehement opposition in communities across the nation. In some cases, the conflicts are similar to those that for decades have pitted residents against expansion plans by large churches. Neighbors in communities from New Jersey to Arizona have...

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Opinion: Islamic Tribunals Would Decrease Burden on Judicial System and Save Tax Dollars

March 11, 2004

Source: iViews

http://www.iviews.com/Articles/articles.asp?ref=IV0403-2242

On March 11, 2004 iViews ran an opinion piece by Ahman Kutty, senior lecturer at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, and Faisal Kutty, a partner in the law firm of Baksh & Kutty, in which they argued in favor of the establishment of alternative Islamic tribunals in Canada. They write, "Given the situation, one would expect that anything that may ease the backlog [of cases in...

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MPAC Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Madrid

March 11, 2004

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

On March 11, 2004 the Muslim Public Affairs Council issued a press release condemning the bombings in Madrid. The relesase read, "The carnage in Spain represents one of the most heinous crimes committed against the people of Spain and the civilized world as a whole. As we express the strongest condemnations of such an act, and of the criminals who committed it, we pray to God to comfort the families and to guide the authorities in Spain to bring the criminals to justice. We call on all decent human beings not to lose...

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