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Human Rights Watch: French Law Violates Religious Freedom, Discriminatory Toward Muslims

February 27, 2004

Source: Human Rights Watch

http://hrw.org/english/docs/2004/02/26/france7666.htm

On February 27, 2004 Human Rights Watch issued a press release that stated, "The proposed French law banning Islamic headscarves and other visible religious symbols in state schools would violate the rights to freedom of religion and expression, Human Rights Watch said today. The law, which forbids 'signs and dress that conspicuously show the religious affiliation of students,' will be debated...

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Michigan Mosque to Meet the Needs of a Changing Muslim Community

February 27, 2004

Source: The Grand Rapids Press

http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-13/1077897492160620.xml

On February 27, 2004 The Grand Rapids Press reported that "Muslim leaders today were to buy three acres on the west side of East Paris Avenue, south of 32nd Street SE in Kentwood. They are raising money for a $750,000 mosque that would be the first of its kind in the region... The site sits outside Grand Rapids, about one mile south of...

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Muslim Teen Reaches Out to California Youth

February 26, 2004

Source: Mercury News

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On February 26, 2004 Mercury News reported, "Stephanie Ramirez, 16, with spiked hair, thick eyeliner and numerous body piercings, knows what people think when they pass her on the street: 'Trouble.' Naiema Din, 16, a Muslim who is makeup-free and wears a hijab along with her jean jacket and flip-flops, knows what people think when they see her: 'Oppressed.' Today, both San Jose girls will stand before 1,200 of their peers at the San...

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Muslim Foundation Teaches Activism

February 26, 2004

Source: Muslim American Society

http://www.masnet.org/pressroom_release.asp?id=996

On February 26, 2004 the Muslim American Society reported that "'Stressing “Faith over Fear and Justice for All,' the Muslim American Society (MAS)’s Freedom Foundation provided a weekend of intense activist training for Muslims in Houston, Texas and Tampa, Florida.    The Activist Training Seminar is MAS Freedom’s signature program. The session is a series of daylong...

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Editorial: Gibson's Film Won't Change Accomplishments of Religious Pluralism

February 26, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7201-2004Feb25.html

On February 26, 2004 The Washington Post published an editorial on Mel Gibson's "The Passion of Christ," noting that the film's "overall impression is neither subtle nor complicated: The Jews conned unwilling Roman authorities into killing Jesus.

With this unfortunate portrayal, Mr. Gibson sweeps away decades of serious efforts by Christian leaders...

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Forty-Eight Dead in Outbreak of Religious Violence

February 26, 2004

Source: News 24

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/News/0,,2-11-1447_1489639,00.html

On February 26, 2004 News 24 reported, " Suspected Muslim militants armed with guns and bows and arrows killed at least 48 people in an attack on a farming village in central Nigeria. Most of the victims died as they sought refuge in a church, police said. The latest bout of Muslim-Christian violence in the region occurred on Tuesday night in Yelwa, a mainly Christian...

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In Ohio, Middle School Trip to Mosque Canceled After Parents Complain

February 26, 2004

Source: The Middletown Journal

http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/newsfd/auto/feed/news/2004/02/26/1

On February 26, 2004 The Middletown Journal reported, "An Edgewood teacher canceled a class field trip to the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati after hearing a barrage of complaints from concerned parents. Three seventh-grade social studies classes were scheduled to visit the West Chester mosque Wednesday. The visit was to be part of the...

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Nation of Islam Members Prepare to Hear Farrakhan's Address

February 26, 2004

Source: Final Call News

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_1310.shtml

On February 26, 2004 Final Call News reported, "All across America, the Black community is anxiously awaiting the arrival of Saviours’ Day, the crowning event of Black History Month. From coast to coast, in small cities and large, urban and rural, Black people are preparing to hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s message delivered from Chicago via satellite....

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Headscarf Controversy Seen as Political

February 25, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3513259.stm

On February 25, 2004 the BBC News reported, "As France pushed ahead with its planned school headscarf ban, in Turkey the issue has been the subject of impassioned debate for more than 20 years. Turkey is often held up as a model of Islamic democracy. The separation of public secular identity from private religious practice is fiercely defended by the country's powerful military. It's a separation which many here...

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Officials Denied Zoning Laws When Denying Islamic Center Variance

February 25, 2004

Source: The Philadelphia Enquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/8034281.htm

On February 25, 2004 The Philadelphia Enquirer reported, "Officials in Clementon violated New Jersey zoning laws when they rejected a bid by a group of immigrants to turn a derelict apartment house into a mosque in the tiny South Jersey borough, a judge has ruled. The Delaware Valley Islamic Center needed a use variance to turn the boarded-up triplex into a house of worship. A use variance allows...

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