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Prime Minister Says Government Protection of Religious Sites Rooted in Islamic Teachings

November 13, 2003

Source: Hi Pakistan

http://www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en44800&F_catID=&f_type=s

On November 13, 2003 Hi Pakistan reported, "Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali...said protection and proper maintaining of places of worship was the government’s policy and part of teachings of Islam. 'The government will continue to make all possible efforts in this regard,' he told a 12-member delegation of Sikh Yatrees, currently visiting...

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Muslim Group Calls Vandalism at Virginia Mosque a Hate Crime

November 13, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28531-2003Nov11.html

On November 13, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "vandals painted a crude anti-Islamic slur on a van owned by the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling over the weekend, and the District-based Council on American-Islamic Relations called on authorities to investigate the incident as a hate crime. The graffiti was discovered Monday morning on the...

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Capitol Hill Hosts Ramadan Meal

November 13, 2003

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=147-11132003

On November 13, 2003 Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a press release stating that "Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) last night hosted a Ramadan iftar, or fast breaking, on Capitol Hill attended by more than 130 elected officials, congressional staffers, American Muslim leaders, and ambassadors from Islamic-majority nations. The iftar, held in the...

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Capitol Hill Hosts Ramadan Meal

November 13, 2003

Source: Office of Congressman John Conyers, Jr.

On November 13, 2003 the Office of Congressman John Conyers, Jr. issued a press release with the text of the statement Conyers delivered at the first Congressionally hosted Ramadan Iftar: "Events like this evenings are important because they help us learn more about the American Muslim community and the significance of Ramadan to the Muslim people by engaging in this traditional religious custom during the Holy Month... We are here tonight to show the world that we believe that the way to bring about a change in...

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Patriot Act May Make Blacks More Vulnerable to Racial Profiling

November 13, 2003

Source: Bridges Ethnic Media Digest

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=cca2b2c4fae475cc79f676dabc1c414c

On November 13, 2003 Bridges Ethnic Media Digest reported that "while the anti-terrorism Patriot Act is widely thought to affect only Arabs and Muslims, the law has put all blacks in an increasingly vulnerable state according to ColorLines, an Oakland magazine that covers race and politics. Tammy...

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Muslim Children Kicked Off Jacksonville School Bus

November 13, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/7251934.htm

On November 13, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "the Florida Attorney General's Office said it is investigating allegations that Muslim students were removed from one Duval County school bus and kept from boarding another. The Council on American-Islamic Relations and the American Civil Liberties Union requested the investigation into allegations that that two different First...

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Capitol Hill Hosts Ramadan Meal

November 12, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On November 12, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "a room normally reserved for congressional hearings echoed with Arabic calls to prayer Wednesday as House lawmakers joined about 75 local Muslims for a Ramadan feast... Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, was among the organizers of the event, which was held in the House Judiciary Committee hearing room. Conyers is the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. 'We're working on behalf of religious tolerance,' Conyers said. 'It is critical that that be done, because America is...

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Europeans Disagree About Mentioning Religious Heritage in Constitution

November 12, 2003

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/12/international/europe/12LETT.html?ex=10

On November 12, 2003 The New York Times reported that "added to all the other divisions bedeviling what is called the European project are disputes over whether God and Christianity ought to be inserted into the draft of the European constitution, from which both are now excluded...Ultimately, the question is how best to give expression to European...

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Capitol Hill Hosts Ramadan Meal

November 12, 2003

Source: United States Congress

On November 12, 2003 the United States Congress issued the text of the ecumenical prayer written and presented by Afeefa Syeed at the first Congressionally hosted Ramadan Iftar. "I begin with the name of God; the God of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. The God who is the source of Peace, of Kindness, of Sustenance and is the One we turn to in times of anxiety and despair. Oh Lord, we have come together to break our fast today. We have been without food or drink. We ask you now to help us during this blessed month to see...

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Advocacy Groups Decry Unfair Policy: Thousands of Muslims May be Deported for Minor Infractions

November 12, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33650-2003Nov12.html

On November 12, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "a coalition of legal advocacy groups said Wednesday that a federal program requiring males from 25 predominantly Muslim nations to register with the Immigration and Naturalization Service has resulted in the arrest and deportation of thousands of laborers, students and parents for what are characterized...

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American Quakers' Initiative Will Document Violations of Immigrant Rights

November 11, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-immigration11nov11,1,7749564.story

On November 11, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "American Quakers launched a $2.4-million initiative Monday to document and challenge abuses of immigrant rights, which they argue have escalated during the national war on terrorism. The initiative, announced in San Diego by the Quakers' American Friends Service Committee, will encourage...

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Update: Voorhees Mosque Wins Approval

November 11, 2003

Source: Reuters

http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Northeast/11/11/religion.muslims.reut/

On November 11, 2003 Reuters reported that "a Muslim group moved ahead Tuesday with plans for a new mosque in a small New Jersey town where an interfaith coalition helped overcome opposition from some locals who issued leaflets claiming the place of worship would attract terrorists. The zoning board for Voorhees, a Philadelphia suburb, approved the $193,000 plan for the...

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Italians Upset Over Judge's Ruling to Remove Crucifix from Schools

November 10, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1110/p07s01-woeu.html

On November 10, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "the influx of foreigners in recent years, many of them Muslim, is rapidly changing the cultural makeup of this Roman Catholic country [Italy]...Italians were outraged when a judge ruled that crosses should be removed from classroom walls out of respect for Muslim pupils. In the normally quiet town of Ofena in central...

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