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Faith Leaders Discuss Religion and the Press

February 29, 2004

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/articles/8/124947-8428-131.html

On February 29, 2004 The Indianapolis Star published an editorial by Dennis Ryerson, editor of the Star. Ryerson wrote concerning a recent discussion about religion and the press he held with a group of 30 individuals including conservative evangelicals and moderate to liberal Methodists, Jews, Muslims, Catholics and Baptists. They asked that the Star remain a secular newspaper...

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Muslim Leader Brings "Islam 101" to Rochester, NY

February 29, 2004

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.rochesterdandc.com/news/02290S3EFB4_news.shtml

On February 29, 2004 the Democrat and Chronicle published an article on Aly Nahas, vice chairman of the Commission on Christian Muslim Relations and an outspoken advocate for the Muslim community. He "is helping organize a series of lectures on March 4, 11, 18 and 25 called 'Islam 101.' They will explore topics such as the equality of women in the Quran, the sacred book of...

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St. Paul Police Reach Out to Somali Immigrants

February 28, 2004

Source: Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/local/8061874.htm

On February 28, 2004 the Pioneer Press reported, "St. Paul police officers are learning how to say, 'Booliis baan ahay' and 'Ma dhibataa jirta?' to encourage trust between the department and members of the Somali community. The first means 'I am the police,' in Somali, and the second translates into, 'Is there a problem.' Other waves of immigrants to St. Paul, including...

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Teacher Who Asked Student to Remove Headscarf Resigns

February 28, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-scarf28feb28,1,6594938.story

On February 28, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported that "an Antelope Valley College instructor under fire for ordering a 19-year-old Muslim student to remove her head scarf in his class resigned Friday, school officials said. Robert Daniel, an engineer who taught part time since 2002, resigned before the Lancaster school's board of trustees could decide...

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Emir Calls for Peaceful Coexistence of Religious Groups

February 27, 2004

Source: AllAfrica.com

http://allafrica.com/stories/200402270532.html

On February 27, 2004 AllAfrica.com posted a Daily Trust article that reported, "The Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, has called for a peaceful co-existence and harmonious relations among the divergent ethnic and religious groups in the country, saying that it is Allah that made Nigeria with all her ethnic groups to be one country. The Emir in a statement issued to mark the bicentenary...

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Montana's Muslims Reach Out

February 27, 2004

Source: The Missoulian

http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2004/02/23/news/local/news05.txt

On February 27, 2004 The Missoulian reported, "Muslim cultural understanding will be the focus of an upcoming event sponsored by the University of Montana. During the week of March 8 -14, UM's Muslim Student Association and the Office of International Programs will host a weeklong program called 'Expanding Horizons.' Events will include educational programs and...

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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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