Islam

Voorhees Residents Oppose Building of Mosque

September 4, 2003

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/6685651.htm

On September 4, 2003 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported: "Flyers, contentious township meetings, and a threat of legal action have marked efforts to convert a vacant Voorhees building into a mosque. The zoning board will consider a site plan...Its approval could pave the way for construction by spring.

The proposal - in these days before the second anniversary of...

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First Muslim High School in France Opens in Lille

September 2, 2003

Source: Associated Press

http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4240-France_s_first_Muslim_high_school_opens.html

On September 2, 2003 the Associated Press reported on the opening of France's first Muslim high school: "Only a dozen students--six boys and six girls--showed up at the mosque where France's first Muslim high school began holding classes on Tuesday. Despite the small enrollment, school officials said they expect big things from the...

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Muslims Organizing to Establish First Muslim Cable TV Channel

August 31, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times (CA)

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/states/california/counties/contra_costa_county/6656154.htm

On August 31, 2003 the Contra Costa Times reported on a New York couple who are trying to start America's first Muslim cable television station. "They [Muzzammil and Assiya Hassan] have enlisted hundreds of mosques around the country, including many in the Bay Area, to spread the...

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Update: Support for Savannah Islamic Center After Arson Fire

August 30, 2003

Source: Savannah Morning News

http://www.savannahnow.com/stories/083003/LOC_mosquereaction.shtml

On August 30, 2003, the Savannah Morning News reported that local faith communities were uniting to support the Muslim community, which has been the target of recent violence, including a fire that destroyed the Savannah Islamic Center. The paper reported: "Savannah's Inter-racial Interfaith Community and some members of the Unitarian Universalist Church plan...

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Update: Support for Savannah Islamic Center After Arson Fire

August 30, 2003

Source: The Augusta Chronicle

http://www.augustachronicle.com/stories/083003/met_029-1230.001.shtml

On August 30, 2003, The Augusta Chronicle reported that "members of a south Georgia Islamic group whose mosque was destroyed by arson last week are finding support from a local Baptist congregation that lost its own house of worship to fire nearly a decade ago. The Aug. 24 fire at the Islamic Center of Savannah brought back painful memories for the Rev...

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Post 9/11 Muslim-Christian dialogue group established in Cleveland

August 30, 2003

Source: The Plain Dealer

http://www.cleveland.com/living/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/1062236118108620.xml

On August 30, 2003 The Plain Dealer reported: "A group of religious leaders is developing a Muslim-Christian dialogue to promote understanding between the two faiths in Northeast Ohio. Christians and Muslims Establishing Peace, the working title of the new group, is planning an evening of prayer and reflection on "Making...

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Annual Meeting of American Muslims Convenes in Chicago

August 29, 2003

Source: Beliefnet.com

http://www.Beliefnet.com/story/131/story_13178_1.html

On August 29, 2003, an article from the Associated Press appearing on Beliefnet.com reported on the separate meetings of African-American and immigrant Muslims at the upcoming annual meeting of American Muslims in Chicago. "American blacks and immigrant Muslims are holding separate conventions just three miles apart--underscoring the divide between the two groups that Muslim leaders...

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Annual Meeting of American Muslims Convenes in Chicago

August 29, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

On August 29, 2003 the Chicago Tribune reported that "American Muslims are expected to gather in record numbers at two Chicago conventions this weekend to chart a course for increasing their political power and influence. Attendance at the annual meetings is expected to be greater than in previous years, Muslim leaders said, because the Islamic community believes that events since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks have created an urgent need to organize to defend their constitutional rights."

Project Aiming to Reduce Bias Begins Presentations at Wichita Public Schools

August 28, 2003

Source: The Wichita Eagle

http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/6572797.htm

On August 28, 2003 The Wichita Eagle reported that "Inter-Faith Ministries and the Muslim Public Affairs Council have begun a new initiative to reduce bias against Muslims and promote interreligious understanding... Trained speakers will make multimedia presentations about Islam beginning Thursday for Wichita [KS] public school employees and continuing through January 31 for a variety of area...

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Cleveland Catholic High School Prohibits Wearing Hijab

August 28, 2003

Source: The Plain Dealer

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/106207423574610.xml

On August 28, 2003 The Plain Dealer reported on a controversy over a Muslim student wearing the hijab, or headscarf, that violated a Cleveland, OH Catholic school's dress code. Sister Maureen Burke, president of Regina High School, said of the policy: "'It's a broad-based policy. It's certainly not just about do-rags or...

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