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School Assignment on "Fasting" Sparks Protests

November 24, 2003

Source: Pasadena Star

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On November 24, 2003 the Pasadena Star reported that "about 200 protesters marched outside Royal Oak Intermediate School on Monday, opposing an assignment in which students fast to learn about Islam... The protest began brewing last week when Christian-based groups learned a teacher gave the optional extra-credit assignment to students studying Islam in a seventh-grade world history class. The topic is part of the California Department of...

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President Bush Issues Eid Greeting

November 24, 2003

Source: The White House

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/11/20031124-10.html

On November 24, 2003 The White House issued President George Bush's Greeting to Muslims on Eid al-Fitr. The text reads, in part: "Islam is a religion that inspires its followers to lead lives based on justice, compassion, and personal responsibility.

During this joyful season, I encourage people of all faiths to reflect on our shared values: love of family...

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Proposed Laws Would Recognize Non-Christian Faiths

November 24, 2003

Source: Neue Z�rcher Zeitung

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On November 24, 2003 Neue Z�rcher Zeitung reported, "Voters in Zurich are set to decide on controversial new laws that would lead to the official recognition of non-Christian faiths, including Islam...One of the most controversial parts of the new legislation, which is due to be voted on in a referendum on November 30, is a move towards recognising faiths other than the three official religions in the canton. At the moment, canton Zurich...

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Government Leaders Urge Nigerians to Avoid Violence During Ramadan/Eid

November 24, 2003

Source: AllAfrica Global Media

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On November 24, 2003 AllAfrica Global Media reported, "As Moslems in Nigeria join millions of others worldwide to celebrate this year's Eid-el-Fitri from today, Senate President, Chief Adolphous Wabara; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari; Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and other leaders have urged Nigerians to eschew violence particularly during this festive season. In his sallah message in Abuja yesterday,...

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Bush Faces Criticism Over Statement that Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God

November 22, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

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On November 22, 2003 The Washington Post reported on the backlash among evangelical Christian leaders over President Bush's statement that Christians and Muslims worship the same god. "At a news conference with Prime Minister Tony Blair in England on Thursday, a reporter noted that Bush has often said that freedom is a gift from 'the Almighty' but questioned whether Bush believes that 'Muslims worship the same Almighty' that he...

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In New York City, Discrimination Runs Deeper than Reported

November 21, 2003

Source: India Abroad

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On November 21, 2003 India Abroad reported, "There have been more incidents of discrimination and bias-related harassment of South Asians, Arabs and Muslims in the city since September 11 than has been reported, a New York City Commission of Human Rights report reveals. Last month, the commission released its first report on such incidents: 'Discrimination against Muslims, Arabs and South Asians in New York City since 9/11.' It was based...

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Mississippi Muslims Help the Needy

November 21, 2003

Source: The Sun Herald

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/living/7314495.htm

On November 21, 2003 The Sun Herald reported that "congregates of The Biloxi Islamic Center are bringing food and clothing to their mosque throughout Ramadan, the monthlong holy observance that includes fasting, reflection and prayer.

On Saturday, they will set up tables at the center on Keller Avenue and distribute the food and clothing to South Mississippi's less...

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Judge Overturns Denial for Sikh Building Permit in Yuba City

November 21, 2003

Source: The Sacramento Bee

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On November 21, 2003 The Sacramento Bee reported, "A Sacramento federal judge on Wednesday ordered Sutter County to allow construction of a Sikh temple on a 30-acre plot of farmland west of Yuba City. U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton invalidated the 2002 denial by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors of a conditional-use permit for the temple's construction, and he barred the board from enforcing that decision. The judge ordered the...

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Fear Causes Muslim Shoppers to Stay at Home this Eid

November 21, 2003

Source: Bangla Patrika

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On November 21, 2003 Bangla Patrika reported on the impact of tightened immigration laws and the random arrests of Muslims on the market for gifts and products for Eid. According to the article, fear related to the Special Registration program caused sales to be significantly lower in Jackson Heights this year than last year, a fact that has provoked widespread insecurity among shop owners and salespeople. Sales have also suffered as a result of the...

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In the Wake of September 11, a Tale of Immigrants

November 21, 2003

Source: Tolerance

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On November 21, 2003 Tolerance published an article on "Waking the American Dream," a performance piece by poet and actor Sarah Jones that chronicles the narratives of American immigrants. The piece tells the story of a Pakistani accountant named Mohammed Ali, a 20-something Vietnamese guy, a wealthy Haitian immigrant, and a Chinese woman who comes to grips with her daughter's sexuality and ultimately stands behind her fight for same-sex marriage rights. Jones...

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Protests in San Francisco as Muslims Forced to Report to Federal Agents

November 21, 2003

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/11/20/MNG00366RM1.DTL

On November 21, 2003 The San Francisco Chronicle reported on area protests by activists and civil rights advocates against the policy that requires men from 23 predominantly Muslim countries to register with federal agents once a year. The article reported that "as of Oct. 30, 83,519 men had voluntarily reported to immigration...

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Scholar Links Hip Hop and Islam

November 20, 2003

Source: Daily Illini

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On November 20, 2003 Daily Illini reported that "Hip-hop and Islam aren't usually thought to be associated with one another, but Hesham Samy Alim proved otherwise during his presentation Wednesday night at the University. Alim, a visiting scholar at Duke University, is devoted to studying hip-hop culture. Various Muslim, African-American and other registered organizations invited him to the University to give his presentation, 'Bismillah al...

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