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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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African Leaders Discuss Religious Influences in Political Instabilities

November 10, 2003

Source: AllAfrica Global Media

https://allafrica.com/stories/200311110145.html

On November 10, 2003 AllAfrica Global Media reported, "[A]t the 10th Ordinary Intergovernmental Authority on Development summit in Kampala, Uganda, [political leaders discussed] stalemated thorny issues such as the Somali peace process and Ethiopia-Eritrea border tensions...

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In Michigan, Crestwood School District Will Decide if Eid Will be School Holilday

November 10, 2003

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/religion/holid10_20031110.htm

On November 10, 2003 Detroit Free Press reported that "The room was divided. On the left side of the Crestwood High School library sat mostly Arab Americans. On the right sat mostly parents of European descent. For hourslast week, they tussled at a public meeting over whether to make Eid -- the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan -- a school holiday. Tonight, the school board of...

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Interfaith Gathering Commemorates Renaming of Street After Mother Teresa

November 10, 2003

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=275122

On November 10, 2003 The Times of India reported, "From next year, Park Street will be known as Mother Teresa Sarani. Mayor Subrata Mukherjee announced the decision formally on Sunday...Earlier in the day, members from various walks of life joined a prayer for Mother Teresa. From Amritsar and Barrackpore to Chandernagore and Dakshineshwar...

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Boston-Area Muslim and Unitarian Universalist Groups Build Friendship Through Dialogue

November 9, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2003/11/09/clerics_overcome_fear_and_suspicion_to_build_bridges_of_understanding/

On November 9, 2003 The Boston Globe reported, "Just hours after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, while the nation was convulsed with fear and anger, a Turkish imam was breaking his Ramadan fast in the company of a Universalist Unitarian...

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Muslim Population Has Increased Since 1994 Genocide

November 9, 2003

Source: Agence France Presse

On November 9, 2003 Agence France Presse reported, "Long a marginalised tiny minority, Rwanda's Muslims have grown considerably in number and stature in the 10 years since the genocide of 1994. Like many of his compatriots, Isaac...converted after the bloody events of that year, when he was a soldier in the Rwandan Patriotic Front, a Tutsi-led rebellion that is now the dominant force in government. 'I converted after my unit came into Kigali and I saw how many of my fellow Tutsis has been hidden, and therefore saved, by Muslims...

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