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US Congressman Says Religious Intolerance Growing in Bangladesh

January 13, 2004

Source: The Daily Star

http://www.thedailystar.net/2004/01/13/d4011301044.htm

On January 13, 2004 The Daily Star reported, "US Congressman Joseph Crowley yesterday warned that Bangladesh's image abroad might be tarnished due to recent incidents of religious intolerance in the country. 'The image of Bangladesh as a moderate Muslim country is very important, but it is increasingly coming under threat because intolerance has taken hold in the country,' he told The Daily...

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Arab-Americans and Diversity

January 11, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/11/national/11ARAB.html?th

On January 11, 2004 The New York Times reported on the diverse definitions of what it means to be "Arab American," noting that "the ethnic umbrella of Arab Americans includes generations-old long-assimilated families, as well as continuing waves of new immigrants, all with varying religious, cultural and political traditions." The article also discusses the difficulty of assessing...

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Debate Over Free Speech and Islamic Extremism

January 11, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/11/weekinreview/11lipt.html

On January 11, 2004 The New York Times published an article debating whether or not radical Islam, particularly in prisons, should be protected under free speech laws, arguing that the United States allows religious hate speech to "flourish" as a result of First Amendment laws. The Wall Street Journal reported last year that the Muslim cleric who coordinated New York's Islamic...

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Ottowa's Jewish Family Services Mentors Somali Community Organization

January 11, 2004

Source: JTA

http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?intarticleid=13643&intcategoryid=#

On January 11, 2004 JTA reported, "Ottawa’s Jewish Family Services is helping improve Muslim-Jewish relations in Canada’s capital by mentoring a Somali community organization. The partnership — which recently won an award from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation — also is helping shape Ottawa’s emerging ethnic mosaic. 'North America is...

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Maryland Islamic Center Mobilizes Voters

January 11, 2004

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-md.muslim11jan11,0,3506779.story

On January 11, 2004 The Baltimore Sun reported that hundreds of Muslims gathered at the Idara-e-Jaferia Islamic Center in Burtonsville, Maryland for a daylong "Current Awareness" program to mobilize Muslim political participation in post-9/11 America. The program included seminars on building relationships with non-Muslims, improving the image of Muslims...

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Prime Minister Urges Citizens to End Religious Divisions

January 11, 2004

Source: The News International

http://jang.com.pk/thenews/jan2004-daily/11-01-2004/world/w3.htm

On January 11, 2004 The News International reported, "In a bid to choke off support for Islamic insurgents, Thailand’s prime minister on Saturday vowed to bring economic prosperity to the nation’s impoverished south and called on the nation’s Muslim minority to unite with the Buddhist majority. Speaking in his weekly radio address, Prime...

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Not All Christians Agree on Interfaith Dialogue

January 11, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/orange/la-oe-oc-hubbard11jan11,1,2426229.story?coll=la-editions-orange

On January 11, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "Non-Christians might be confused by the mixed signals coming from different sectors of the Christian world about the value of interfaith dialogue and cooperation. President Bush's comment during his recent visit to England that...

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Muslims Flee Persecution, Mass Arrests

January 10, 2004

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-01/10/article03.shtml

On January 10, 2004 IslamOnline.net reported, "Terrorized by the latest spree of mass arrests and a crackdown on Islamic schools by the Thai authorities, scores of Muslims, including scholars and leaders, are either hiding or fleeing south Thailand. 'The Thai government is using the recent attacks on soldiers as a reason to order mass arrests and impose fear on...

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Christian-Muslim Relations Have Improved Since 9/11 in East Valley, Ariz.

January 10, 2004

Source: East Valley Tribune

http://evtribune.com/index.php?sty=15285

On January 10, 2004 the East Valley Tribune ran a feature article on Christian-Muslim relations in the East Valley area after 9/11: "Though polarization followed [9/11] and some grew wary of Muslims, some Americans — especially the faith community — rallied around Islamic communities to confront hatred. Many set about trying to better understand Islam...The Rev. David Hodgson, pastor of the Congregational Church...

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Interior Minister Favors Imposing Ban of Religious Symbols Similar to France

January 10, 2004

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2393293

On January 10, 2004 The Scotsman reported, "Supporting proposals in neighbouring France to outlaw Islamic headscarves in public schools, Belgium’s Interior Minister Patrick Dewael said today he favoured imposing a similar ban in Belgium. Dewael suggested the wearing of religious symbols should not be permitted in government institutions, including schools and courts. 'The government should remain...

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Moderate Muslims Call for Reformation of Islam

January 9, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0109/p01s04-wome.htm

On January 9, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Khalid al-Ghannami and Mansour al-Nogaidan were once subversive sheikhs, religious leaders espousing the same tenets as Osama bin Laden and his acolytes. But they both embarked on spiritual journeys - separately - and now embrace a more moderate, inclusive view of Islam, and act as the most outspoken public boosters of...

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Editorial: Printing of Anti-Semitic Article Not a Matter of Free Speech

January 9, 2004

Source: Vancouver Sun

http://www.canada.com/vancouver/vancouversun/editorials/story.asp?id=CAF39B62-8B14-4B0D-90EB-E31A382B7FE6

On January 9, 2004 the Vancouver Sun ran an editorial condemning an anti-Semitic article published by a Muslim newspaper. The editorial board wrote, "The article, which comes from the Web site of Edgar Steele, blames Jews for everything from starting the Second World War to the attack on the...

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