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Christians Fear Attacks from Muslim Extremists in Sulawesi

December 11, 2003

Source: Cybercast News Service

http://www.CNSnews.com/ViewForeignBureaus.asp?Page=\ForeignBureaus\archive\200312\FOR20031211a.html

On December 11, 2003 Cybercast News Service reported, "As Christmas approaches, Christians in Indonesia's Sulawesi province are worried that despite an influx of troops and police, the deteriorating security situation of the last two months may worsen. Christian campaigners working in the area...

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Christians and Jews Discover Common Ground at Maryland Islamic Center

December 11, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A53432-2003Dec10.html?referrer=emailarticle

On December 11, 2003 The Washington Post reported that Christians, Muslims and Jews recently gathered at Jaferia Islamic Center in Burtonsville to learn about Islamic culture and discover common bonds in the midst of this period of international conflict. "The event, sponsored by the Maryland Muslim Council, was an...

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Update: Secret Service Takes Blame for Sending Muslim Waiter Home

December 11, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A54565-2003Dec10?language=printer

On December 11, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "the Secret Service took responsibility yesterday for sending an Arab American waiter home from his job at a Baltimore hotel before a presidential fundraiser last week. But it said the decision resulted from confusion over his work schedule, rather than from ethnic or religious discrimination...

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Detroit High School Students Celebrate End of Ramadan

December 11, 2003

Source: Detroit Free Press

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On December 11, 2003 the Detroit Free Press reported that more than 30 students from Canton, Plymouth and Salem high schools gathered at Canton High School to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. The event has been sponsored by the Muslim Student Association since the group was formed three years ago. The event included henna art, traditional food, and Muslim clothing worn during holiday celebrations....

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Committee Recommends Ban of "Conspicious" Religious Symbols in Public Schools

December 11, 2003

Source: United Press International

http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20031211-032204-3206r

On December 11, 2003 United Press International reported, "Muslim headscarves, Jewish skullcaps and large crosses are to be banned from French public schools, according to a report presented to President Jacques Chirac Thursday. More 'discreet' religious symbols, such as small crosses, Muslim Hands of Fatima and Stars of David should be allowed, a 20-member committee...

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Rights Group Protests Radical Hindu Group's Claims to South Indian Sufi Shrine

December 10, 2003

Source: OneWorld South Asia

http://southasia.oneworld.net/article/view/74892/1/

On December 10, 2003 OneWorld South Asia reported, "A coalition of rights groups and eminent intellectuals are protesting against the government's arrest of over 1,000 people campaigning to prevent Hindu fundamentalists from taking over a shrine in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, which is famed for its religious diversity. The arrested men and women, slated to be released today, were...

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Update: Reward Offered for Houston Arsonist in Fires Targeting Hindus

December 10, 2003

Source: KHOU News

http://www.khou.com/news/local/stories/khou031210_mh_Arsonreward_.8b8cbef7.html

On December 10, 2003 KHOU News in Houston reported that "federal and local investigators have doubled the reward for a serial arsonist suspected in at least 11 fires. All of the victims are of Indian or Middle Eastern descent. Three of their homes have been burned twice. The reward is now $10,000 for information leading to the suspect's arrest...

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South Carolina Forum Highlights Increasing Local Diversity

December 10, 2003

Source: The State

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/7455691.htm

On December 10, 2003 The State reported that "words of Christian and Baha’i scripture, Hindu chants, and prayers offered in the Lakota Sioux language welcomed a crowd of about 60 to USC’s Gambrell Hall Tuesday night. The diversity of the offered prayers reflected the reason they had gathered — a forum on the increasing diversity of South Carolina’s religious...

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Muslim Air Force Major Balances Work and Faith

December 9, 2003

Source: The Macon Telegraph

http://www.macon.com/mld/telegraph/7447313.htm

On December 9, 2003 The Macon Telegraph reported on a practicing Muslim at Robins Air Force Base who says he's had no problem balancing his religious beliefs with service to his country and the Air Force.

"Even if he had to fight fellow Muslims in places like Iraq, Maj. Tim Oldenburg believes his faith makes allowances for it.

'In Islam, you're supposed to fight oppression, and...

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Dalai Lama Calls for Religious Pluralism

December 9, 2003

Source: The Times of Tibet

http://www.timesoftibet.com/artman/publish/article_659.shtml

On December 9, 2003 The Times of Tibet ran an Indo-Asian News Service article that reported, "Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has urged Western countries not to consider Islam a 'militant religion' and said all conflicts should be resolved through dialogue. 'There is a perception among the Western media that Islam is militant but that is not true. All religions...

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Pakistani-American Elected to Houston City Council

December 9, 2003

Source: Pakistan News Service

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=12ae615974d1c88fab287ffb7f39e257

On December 9, 2003 Pakistan News Service announced that Mr. Masroor Javed Khan won the Dec. 6 election for a seat on the Houston City Council. "Mr. Khan won the election by 53 percent of the total cast votes. His opponent, Terry McConn, received 47 percent of the votes. Welcoming Mr. Khan's victory,...

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Firebomb Hits Arab American News Center in Detroit

December 9, 2003

Source: Detroit 4 News

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/2694550/detail.html

On December 9, 2003 Detroit 4 News reported that police believe someone tried to burn down the building that houses The Arab American News in Dearborn late Monday or early Tuesday. "Investigators say the building on Chase Road was hit with what appeared to be a homemade firebomb. A glass bottle was found shattered near the back entrance where the sidewalk was charred from the fire,...

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Second German State Drafts Law to Ban Headscarves in Classroom

December 9, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3304801.stm

On December 9, 2003 the BBC News reported, "The government in Germany's biggest state, Bavaria, has prepared a draft law to ban Muslim teachers from wearing headscarves in schools. A Bavarian cabinet minister said the aim was to protect school pupils against fundamentalist influences. The bill is expected to be passed next year in the regional parliament, which is dominated by the Christian Social Union (CSU)...

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"War on Terrorism" Changes Jewish, Arab Party Loyalties

December 9, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41204-2003Dec6.html

On December 9, 2003 The Washington Post reported on the effects that the "War on Terrorism" is having on political candidates trying to garner Jewish and Arab votes for the upcoming election.The Post reports, "In the last presidential election, Arabs supported the Republican candidate while Jews overwhelmingly backed the Democrat. That was before the attacks of...

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