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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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Lebanese Protest Ban of Religious Symbols Outside French Embassy

January 9, 2004

Source: Arab News

http://www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=37743&d=9&m=1&y=2004&pix=world.jpg&category=World

On January 9, 2004 the Arab News ran an Associated Press article that reported, " Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement organized yesterday a demonstration of about 5,000 girls, most of them in headscarves, outside the French Embassy here to protest a proposed French ban on headscarves in...

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Mad Cow Disease and Eid Sacrafice in NYC

January 9, 2004

Source: Bangla Patrika

http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=1222

On January 9, 2004 Bangla Patrika reported, "With only few days left before the second biggest religious festival of Holy Eid Ul Azha, every Muslim household is making preparations. The festival falls after Qurbani, the Holy Sacrifice of Animals, when most religious Muslims sacrifice a cow. But, with the discovery of mad cow disease in the United States, people are ambivalent. Now many...

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Constitution to Establish Islam as State Religion, Provide Religious Freedom for Others

January 9, 2004

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20040108-111925-7194r.htm

On January 9, 2004 The Washington Times reported, "The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan yesterday said Afghans will not be forced to practice Islam, even though the country's new draft constitution makes numerous references to Islam's supremacy. 'The constitution recognizes that the religion of the state of Afghanistan is Islam,' Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said in response to...

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CAIR-Canada Condemns Anti-Semitic Article in Muslim Newspaper

January 9, 2004

Source: CNews

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/MediaNews/2004/01/09/309061-cp.html

On January 9, 2004 CNews reported, "Muslims with an anti-discrimination group on Friday condemned an article in a B.C. newspaper that accused Jews of faking the Holocaust and staging the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 'I think the article is just atrocious, it's certainly hateful. I would certainly call it vile and malicious and serves only to scapegoat the Jewish community,' said...

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Jewish-Muslim Comedy Duo Seeks to Ease Tensions

January 9, 2004

Source: Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~1879839,00.html

On January 9, 2004 the Denver Post ran a feature article on a Jewish-Muslim comedy team seeking to ease relations between the two groups: "These two are professional comedians. And after they ate, they set about their unique mission: easing that tension through laughter. On a day when Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian activist, and the Palestinian prime minister threatened...

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Opinion: Burqa Not Always a Symbol of Oppression

January 8, 2004

Source: The Age

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/01/07/1073437342609.html

On January 8, 2004 The Age ran an opinion piece by Fatima Shah, spokeswoman for women's affairs for the Australian Muslim Public Affairs Committee, in which she argued in defense of the burqa: "Whilst the mystique of the veiled Arab woman has captured the imagination of countless Western writers and travellers, it has also captured the unwanted attention of a number of leftists...

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Pittsburg Concert Will Give Preview of Vatican Interfaith Concert

January 8, 2004

Source: Valley News Dispatch

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/valleynewsdispatch/lifestyles/s_173629.h tml

On January 8, 2004 the Valley News Dispatch reported, "Music's power to heal and inspire is about to have a worldwide stage...World-renowned conductor Gilbert Levine, known as 'the Pope's maestro,' will lead the Pittsburgh Symphony in what promises to be a historic concert, carrying a theme of reconciliation, celebrating the silver jubilee...

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Former Labor MP Causes Anger With "Anti-Arab Rant"

January 8, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3376633.stm

On January 8, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Muslim leaders have accused Robert Kilroy-Silk of 'anti-Arab and anti-Muslim views' after a newspaper piece entitled 'We Owe the Arabs Nothing'. The Muslim Council of Britain denounced the BBC discussion show presenter's piece as a 'gratuitous anti-Arab rant. In the Sunday Express piece, the former Labour MP referred to Arabs as 'suicide bombers, limb-amputators, women...

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Muslim Leader Threatens Legal Action if Ban of Religious Symbols Passes

January 7, 2004

Source: Channel News Asia

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/65199/1/.html

On January 7, 2004 Channel News Asia ran an Agence France Presse article that reported, "Leading Muslim cleric Yussef al-Qaradawi has threatened legal action if France adopts a law banning the Islamic headscarf in schools, warning such measures only breed extremism. 'If the law is passed, we will seek to file a legal complaint because this law will be in...

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First Muslim Military Chaplain Begins Work at Edmonton Garrison

January 6, 2004

Source: CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/01/06/muslim_chaplain040106

On January 6, 2004 CBC News reported, "The Canadian Forces' first Muslim chaplain began work this week at the Edmonton Garrison, bringing a little more religious diversity to the military. Capt. Suleyman Demiray, 37, is a Turkish-born Muslim cleric, or imam, who came to Canada 10 years ago and pursued a Masters degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. While he's happy to finally be on...

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