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Interview With Muslim Intellectual Asma Barlas

March 3, 2004

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/mainarchive/000585.php#more

On March 3, 2004 Muslim Wake Up! published an interview with Asma Barlas, "one of the leading academics in the United States studying Islam, examining progressive and non-patriarchal readings of the Qur’an and the West’s interaction with the Muslim world. " In her interview, Barlas describes her views on feminism and Islam, her opinions on the relationship between ignorance...

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Immigrants Bring Challenge of Multiculturalism to European Countries

March 3, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-kupchan3mar03,1,2720665.story

On March 3, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "A demographic revolution is changing the face of Europe. Declining birthrates, coupled with growing immigration, mean the end of ethnic homogeneity for Europe's traditional nation-states. Also, Europe's predominantly Christian population must get used to the idea of intermixing with...

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French Senate Approves Ban of Religious Symbols

March 3, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3531151.stm

On March 3, 2004 the BBC News reported, "The upper house of the French parliament has approved a bill banning Islamic headscarves and other religious symbols in state schools. The proposal was approved with 276 votes in favour and 20 against. President Jacques Chirac has 15 days to sign into law the bill - passed by the lower house last month. Most of France's political parties, and around 70% of the population,...

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Activists Protest Dornan's Anti-Islamic Comments

March 2, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

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On March 2, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "Human rights activists protested what they called the 'hate-filled rhetoric' from Republican congressional candidate Robert Dornan outside Huntington Beach City Hall on Friday. Protesters, unfazed by Dornan supporters' screams and shaking fists, showed up to support the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which claims that the candidates comments about Muslims...

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Muslims Should Vote to Preserve Democracy

March 2, 2004

Source: The Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/home_article_display.aspx?ITEM=660

On March 2, 2004 The Muslim Public Affairs Council reported, " In this election, as we have witnessed in several elections in the past and will experience in the future, talking heads on television networks will tell us who will likely win. The underlying message is why bother voting at all. For Muslims, that concern is amplified when we see politicians...

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Catholics Not Included in Religious Tolerance Meeting

March 2, 2004

Source: WPXI

http://www.wpxi.com/news/2888754/detail.html

On March 2, 2004 WPXI ran an Associated Press article that reported, "A meeting to promote religious tolerance in Russia isn't off to a very good start. It seems Catholics aren't invited. More than 300 religious leaders from the Commonwealth of Independent States, a loose grouping of most of the former Soviet republics, are to participate in the conference beginning Tuesday. But the conference will only include...

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In Baltimore, Muslim Parents Lobby for School Holidays

March 1, 2004

Source: The WBAL Channel

http://www.thewbalchannel.com/education/2884917/detail.html

On March 1, 2004 The WBAL Channel reported that "some Muslim parents, students and community activists are lobbying for the Baltimore County school board to close schools on their two most important religious holidays. If the schools are closed Christmas and the Jewish High Holy Days, the group argues, it is only fair that they close on Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha as well. But...

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Muslims are Becoming More Politically Aware

March 1, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/01/nyregion/01vote.html

On March 1, 2004 The New York Times reported, "The 2004 election is a critical gauge of how the political sentiment of Muslims has evolved since the 2000 ballot. Muslim activists and leaders say their community has become more politically aware after wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and after a backlash many say they felt at work, on the street and at airports, in verbal taunts and...

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Interview With CAIR-Canada Director Addresses Muslim Community and Post-Sept. 11 Experiences

March 1, 2004

Source: Macleans

http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/qanda/article.jsp?content=20040301_760 45_76045

On March 1, 2004 Macleans ran the text of an interview with Riad Saloojee, a lawyer and executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Canada, on "the problems facing Muslims in Canada since the World Trade Center attacks, the dangers of racial profiling, and the Arar case...The decision by American authorities to deport...

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Religious Leaders Join ACLU and Others to Urge Fair Trial of Guantanamo Bay Prisoners

March 1, 2004

Source: Guantanamo Human Rights Commission

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/04guantanamoschedule.html

On March 1, 2004 the Guantanamo Human Rights Commission issued a press release that reported, "On March 6, the London-based Guantanamo Human Rights Commission, founded by Corin and Vanessa Redgrave, is taking a delegation from Europe to the United States to put pressure on President George Bush, the U.S. Government and American lawmakers to treat the Guantanamo Bay...

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