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Survey Shows Increase in Demand for Islamic Education

September 22, 2003

Source: Helsingin Sanomat

http://www.helsinki-hs.net/news.asp?id=20030922IE5

On September 22, 2003 Helsingin Sanomat reported: "Demand for Islamic religious instruction at Finnish schools has increased sharply in recent years. According to a survey by Helsingin Sanomat the number of school pupils in the Helsinki region and Turku requiring religious education in Islam has exceeded that of those attending Orthodox religion class. The Finnish Orthodox Church is Finland's...

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Muslim Army Chaplain Under Military Investigation; Civil Rights Groups Show Concern

September 22, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

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On September 22, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that James Y. Yee, one of the most prominent of the military's Muslim chaplains, is "under investigation for potentially aiding the enemy, specifically the 660 Al Qaeda suspects, Taliban fighters and alleged terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay... " Yee, who counseled American Muslim soldiers and educated non-Muslims on Islam, is being...

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Debate Over Civil Rights as Workers Face Increasing Discrimination

September 21, 2003

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=11948

On September 21, 2003 the First Amendment Center reported that religious discrimination in the workplace has "gotten substantially worse since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission receives hundreds of complaints from Muslim Americans – and people mistaken for Muslims – alleging hostility on the job. Christians, Jews,...

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Reactions Mixed on Mosque Under Investigation by FBI

September 21, 2003

Source: Daily Southtown

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/dsnews/211nd1.htm

On September 21, 2003 Daily Southtown reported that "federal authorities are investigating the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview and its leaders for possible involvement in terror-related money laundering. The house of worship, one of the largest Islamic centers in the Chicago area, has been under FBI surveillance for years... Connections have been alleged between men here and Osama...

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Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Awareness Seminar to be Sponsored by Justice Department

September 19, 2003

Source: U.S. Department of Justice Communications Service

http://www.usdoj.gov/crs/pramstotpgcounty09252003.htm

On September 19, 2003 the U.S. Department of Justice Communications Service reported that "the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) will sponsor an awareness and protocol seminar for 800 law enforcement officers, support service workers, local officials and community leaders from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region... This...

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East Tempe, AZ Mosque Vandalized

September 19, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0919evmosquevandal19.html

On September 19, 2003, The Arizona Republic reported that "Muslim leaders and police spoke out against the latest attack at a Tempe mosque after vandals spray-painted the front door early Thursday...Muslims and Tempe Police Chief Ralph Tranter [spoke] at a press conference outside the Islamic Cultural Center...This is the fifth...

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East Tempe, AZ Mosque Vandalized

September 19, 2003

Source: East Valley Tribune

On September 19, 2003 the East Valley Tribune reported that "swastikas and other symbols spray-painted on a Tempe mosque Thursday have stirred fears that hate crimes are on the rise. 'This is classic Nazi skinhead graffiti, here,' said Joel Breshin, the former regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in Phoenix."

South L.A. Intersection to Honor Malcolm X

September 17, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-malcolm17sep17,1,6098279.story

On September 17, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported "As Malcolm X's daughter watched from the audience, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to name an intersection in South Los Angeles after the slain civil rights leader. Malcolm X Way will be at Central Avenue and Martin Luther King. Jr. Boulevard near the Bilal Islamic Center. "

Muslims Accuse Christian Pastors of Vilifying Islam

September 16, 2003

Source: Cybercast News Service

http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religiontoday/1220233.html

On September 16, 2003 Crosswalk.com posted a Cybercast News Service article that reported: "Two Christian pastors in Australia will appear in court next month to face complaints brought by Muslims who accuse them of vilifying Islam. Their appearance in a legal tribunal in the state of Victoria is the culmination of an 18-month dispute between a Christian group that organized a...

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Hallmark Launches Cards for Eid and Diwali

September 16, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/brooklyn/nyc-nycard163457070sep16.story

On September 16, 2003 Newsday reported "this year, for the first time ever, Hallmark will sell cards for the Muslim feast of Eid ul-Fitr and the Hindu celebration of Diwali. 'With the increase in the number of Hindus and Muslims, we realized there was an ongoing need that we we're not satisfying,' said Deidre Parkes, spokeswoman for the Kansas City, Mo.-...

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Residents Protest Building of Mosque in Athens

September 16, 2003

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1042786,00.html

On September 16, 2003 The Guardian (UK) reported that "a plan to erect the first mosque serving the [Greek] capital [Athens] since the end of Ottoman rule has unleashed a row pitting the reform-minded government against the Greek Orthodox Church.

The rumpus has highlighted the fact that Athens is the sole EU capital without a proper Muslim place of...

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Muslim Courier Wins Discrimination Suit Against Employer

September 16, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-verdict16sep16,1,1829247.story

On September 16, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "a Los Angeles jury has awarded $2 million to a Muslim courier who was fired for missing three days of work when his third child was born. Mehmood Darjee, 38, sued Laboratory Corp. of America, alleging religious discrimination and violation of the state's Family Rights Act.�His attorney, Carol L....

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Maryland Muslims Gather Food for Local Community

September 15, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11020-2003Sep14.html

On September 15, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "the fliers distributed to more than 30,000 Maryland homes by Muslim civic groups across the Washington region last weekend contained a simple plea for non-perishable goods for an upcoming food drive. But the Muslim volunteers who circled through their communities to pick up contributions yesterday said...

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