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The History of Muslims in America

February 11, 2004

Source: The Pitt News

http://www.pittnews.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/02/11/402a522dece66

On February 11, 2004 the reported, "The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh hosted the event, 'Muslims in America: Seven Centuries of History' on Monday evening, where Muhammad, of the 'Collections and Stories of American Muslims' group, held a lecture on the history of Muslims in America. Displays containing photographs and stories created a gallery, which praised...

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Ban of Religious Symbols Passes; Potential to Divide Country Rather than Unite

February 11, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3478895.stm

On February 11, 2004 the BBC News reported, "As expected, the French parliament has voted in favour of a new law to ban the wearing of Islamic headscarves in schools. And despite mass protests by French Muslims in recent weeks, the ban won by a landslide...After months of public debate, the vote in parliament was a brief affair. Just five minutes for each party to sum up their position on this controversial new...

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Muslim Girl Scouts

February 11, 2004

Source: Muslims Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/mainarchive/000538.php#more

On February 11, 2004 Muslims Wake Up! reported, "Eight teenage girls sat, legs crossed under them, in a circle on a carpeted floor in a quiet room of the Muslim Youth Center in the south of Brooklyn. They talked about school and other things concerning teenaged girls. Almost all of them were old enough to wear a hijab, the traditional headscarf of their religion, and many did. That...

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McMaster University to Get Vegetarian/Vegan Cafeteria

February 11, 2004

Source: The Hamilton Spectator

On February 11, 2004 The Hamilton Spectator reported, "McMaster University campus should have a cafeteria where vegans and vegetarians will be able to dine by the fall of 2004. The idea for the cafeteria was first promoted by Aaron Orkin, a third-year arts and science student, who along with a friend, wanted to open a kitchen where Jewish, Hindu and Muslim students could have a place to eat where their dietary needs would be served. Orkin says, 'The cafe is not just another option for lunch but a welcoming open space where...

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Symposium at Damascus University Discusses Religious Tolerance

February 11, 2004

Source: ArabicNews.com

http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/040211/2004021104.html

On February 11, 2004 ArabicNews.com reported, "A symposium on 'The Renovation of the Religious Discourse' was opened Tuesday at Damascus University Auditorium sponsored by the University's Center of Strategic Studies and the Damascus-based Center of Islamic Studies under the patronage of the Minister of Higher Education Hani Murtada. Rector of Damascus University,...

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Republican Rep. Peter King Calls Islam an "Enemy Living Among Us"

February 11, 2004

Source: The Council on American- Islamic Relations

On February 11, 2004 The Council on American- Islamic Relations reported in a press release that Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY) claimed February 9th on Sean Hannity's nationally-syndicated radio program that "'no (American) Muslims are cooperating' with law enforcement officials to combat terrorism. He added: 'I would say, you could say that 80-85 percent of mosques in this country are controlled by Islamic fundamentalists. Those who are in control. The average Muslim, no, they are loyal, but they don't...

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Update: Locals Protest Alabama Ban on Headscarves in License Photos

February 11, 2004

Source: The Huntsville Times

http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/base/news/107652521415511.xml

On February 11, 2004 The Huntsville Times reported that "dozens of people were expected to attend a legislative committee meeting here today to protest a Department of Public Safety order preventing Muslim women from wearing head coverings in their driver's license photos. Farook Chandiwala, a member of the Human Rights Committee of...

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Editorial: Nigerian Politics Should Take Cue from Opening of Mosque by Christian Leader

February 10, 2004

Source: Vanguard

http://allafrica.com/stories/200402110131.html

On February 10, 2004 the Vanguard ran an editorial on the recent opening of a mosque in Umuahia by Uzor Orji Kalu, governor of Abia State, who is a Christian. The editorial commented, "His critics do not know what to make of this unusual gesture so they have gone to town to say what the governor has done has political undertones. And we ask: What in this country does not? Or to put it in reverse: What can we not...

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Headscarf Controversy an International Phenomenon

February 10, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3476163.stm

On February 10, 2004 the BBC News ran a feature on "headscarves in the headlines" across the globe, including an interactive map where visitors to their website can click on a country and learn that country's policy and practice toward Muslim headscarves in public spaces. Countries highlighted are France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

Southern CA Muslims Register to Vote on Eid

February 9, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-hajj2feb02,1,2929458.story

On February 9, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported that "thousands of Southern California Muslims gathered Sunday to mark one of their most important holidays and the end of hajj, the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca. They came — young and old, men and women — to celebrate Eid al-Adha, a holiday that honors Abraham, the prophet who was willing to sacrifice his son at...

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Religious Leaders Join Rally to Oppose Gay Marriage

February 9, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0402/29/a03-58833.htm

On February 9, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "Boisterous opponents of same-sex marriage sang, cheered and chanted Sunday at a rally to build support for a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The demonstration on the Boston Common, a short distance from the Massachusetts Statehouse, broke out into chants of 'Let the people vote!'...

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