Islam

Update: Religious Coverings Will be Allowed in Alabama License Photos

February 23, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_582341,0005.htm

On February 23, 2004 Hindustan Times reported, "The Sikhs and the Muslims have won their battle over a US state order against the wearing of turbans and head scarves while being photographed for driving licenses. Following a vigorous campaign by the two communities -- and a threat to file a class action lawsuit -- the Alabama state has changed its controversial rule on...

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A Cemetery for Muslims in Washington

February 22, 2004

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2001862816_cemetery22m.h

On February 22, 2004 The Seattle Times published an article on the All-Muslim Cemetery in South King County, one of only a few cemeteries of its kind in the United States. "Dr. Mahmood Sarram, a retired Tacoma obstetrician from Iran, who first envisioned this place more than 16 years ago, thought the region's growing Muslim population needed a burial...

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Editorial: Moderate Muslims Should Speak Out

February 22, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/02/22/the_courage_of_muslim_moderates/

On February 22, 2004 The Boston Globe published an editorial by Jeff Jacoby on the duty of moderate Muslims to challenge extremism: "If anyone should be raising their voices against the totalitarians and terrorists who promote such evil in the name of Islam, it is the millions of...

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Medford Residents Petition in Favor of Islamic School

February 22, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/02/22/two_groups_compete_over_future_of_school/

On February 22, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "Facing an intense lobbying effort by West Medford residents that included letters, telephone calls, and petitions, the City Council last week asked a city-appointed committee to reconsider its decision that would prevent the shuttered...

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Growing Muslim Population an Increasing Political Force in Ottawa

February 21, 2004

Source: Ottawa Citizen

http://www.canada.com/ottawa/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=c7182957-d53b-441c-a3ba-f1f9623e5500

On February 21, 2004 the Ottawa Citizen reported, "According to Statscan census data, during the last provincial election 39,345 residents of Ottawa declared themselves to be Muslim. That makes Muslims the second largest voting block in the city -- dwarfed by more than 500,000 Catholics and Protestants,...

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"Cowboy Infidel" Confronts Religious Pluralism

February 21, 2004

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040221/NEWS10/102210138/-1/NEWS

On February 21, 2004 The Toledo Blade reported, "Bernie Keating grew up in the badlands of South Dakota, riding horses and running away from organized religion. He was, he says, 'a cowboy infidel' raised by 'a lukewarm Catholic father and a fallen-away Methodist mother.' His work as an engineering executive for Owens-...

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W.D. Mohammed Calls for a New Islamic Identity

February 20, 2004

Source: The Michigan Daily

http://www.michigandaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/4035bc427e646

On February 20, 2004 The Michigan Daily reported, "Speaking last night at the Michigan Union to more than 100 Ann Arbor residents and students, Warith Deen Mohammed said the identity of skin color has to end. He called on members of the Muslim community to reclaim their identity, not only as Muslims or as blacks, but also to think themselves as human beings above all...

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Muslim Organization Encourages Dialogue to Prevent Radicals' Abuse of Faith

February 20, 2004

Source: eTaiwanNews.com

http://www.etaiwannews.com/Asia/2004/02/20/1077243509.htm

On February 20, 2004 eTaiwanNews.com posted an Associated Press article that reported, "The head of Indonesia's largest Muslim organization urged religious leaders around the world to work together and prevent radicals from abusing faith for political purposes. 'There is no conflict between religions, only between different interests abusing religions,' said Hashim Muzadi,...

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American Episocpal Priest Reflects on Interfaith Cooperation to Rebuild Afghan Mosque

February 20, 2004

Source: Slate

http://slate.msn.com/id/2095536/

On February 20, 2004 the Slate ran a column by the Rev. Chloe Breyer, an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of New York, on her experience as a part of the partnership between the Diocese of New York and Masjid Hazrat-i-Abu Bakr in Flushing, N.Y. to rebuild a mosque destroyed in Afghanistan during the war of 2001. She writes, "For conservative Christians who doubt that the church should reconstruct mosques abroad while its own houses of worship...

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Muslim Architect Includes "Western-Sensitive Features" in Mosques

February 20, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/arts/stories/022104dnrelarchitect.11d6f.html

On February 20, 2004 The Dallas Morning News reported, "Something is different about the elegant entrance to the first mosque ever built in this Vancouver suburb. There are two large carved wooden doors under Moorish arches that are exactly the same. One is for men. The other is for women....

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New York Orthodox Synagogue Forges Dialogue With Muslims

February 20, 2004

Source: The Jewish Week

http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=9080

On February 20, 2004 The Jewish Week reported, "In an era of war in the Middle East and terror and curtailed liberties at home, scores of Jews and Muslims, the old but mostly the young, gathered in the Park East Synagogue’s day school in Manhattan to thrash out prospects for bringing people of their two faiths closer... Rabbi Cohen Anisfeld noted that the larger Jewish...

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Muslims in Rhode Island React to Security Proposals

February 19, 2004

Source: The Providence Journal

http://www.projo.com/news/content/projo_20040219_church19.23d799.html

On February 19, 2004 The Providence Journal published an article in response to proposed legislation by Governor Carcieri that many experts believe would limit freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. The article notes, "Freedom of religion -- one of the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment -- is a valuable right for all...

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NY Interfaith Concert Celebrates a Diversity of Voices

February 19, 2004

Source: The Poughkeepsie Journal

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/thursday/lifeentertainment/stories/li021904s2.shtml

On February 19, 2004 The Poughkeepsie Journal reported, "Last year, at the first Salaam-Shalom: Family Culture Fest, members of Vassar Temple and Masjiid al-Noor celebrated and shared their cultural and religious heritage through music, dance, food, storytelling, henna art and face painting. This year, on Saturday...

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Update: Morton Grove Files Complaint Against Islamic Center

February 19, 2004

Source: The Pioneer Press

http://www.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-story/localnews/current/mg/02-19-04-227258.html

On February 19, 2004 The Pioneer Press reported that "A neighborhood group is charging a 'conspiracy' exists between the village and Muslim Community Center that has allowed the school to continue to hold public religious services without a special use permit. The amended complaint filed Feb. 12 in U.S. District Court on...

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