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Fire Destroys Islamic Center of Savannah

August 27, 2003

Source: Associated Press

http://www.accessnorthga.com/news/ap_newfullstory.asp?ID=17732

On August 27, 2003 the Associated Press reported that members of the Savannah Islamic Center were gathering under a makeshift tent for worship after a suspicious fire destroyed their worship building a few days earlier. "Muslims who attended the mosque, where about 100 families worshipped, said Tuesday they would continue praying openly--even in the 91-degree heat of the...

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Bank closes Egyptian immigrant's account with no explanation

August 25, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0825/p15s01-wmcn.html

On August 25, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that Hossam Algabri, an Egyptian immigrant, received a notice from Fleet telling him, "We regret to inform you that we have decided that it is not in our best interest to continue your banking relationship with us." When Algabri tried to straighten out what he thought was a mistake, the bank "told him that his account was...

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Update: Bush Makes Recess Appointment of Pipes

August 25, 2003

Source: Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/Mise_00/4342_00.htm

On August 25, 2003 the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) issued a statement commending President Bush's appointment of controversial Mideast scholar Daniel Pipes to the U.S. Institute of Peace. The statement said, "We commend you for appointing Daniel Pipes to the board of the United States Institute of Peace. As a world renowned expert on the Middle East and extremist Islam, Dr. Pipes...

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Fire Destroys Islamic Center of Savannah

August 24, 2003

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On August 24, 2003 the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued a statement asking the FBI to investigate a fire at the Islamic Center of Savannah [GA]. "That fire, which arson investigators have termed 'suspicious,' came after two recent incidents at or near the same center that point to the possibility of a bias motive...the fire was reported around three in the morning. The blaze spread quickly and engulfed the house that was being used as a temporary center until a larger facility could be built."

Justice Department Investigates Muslim Chaplain Selection in Prisons

August 23, 2003

Source: Union Tribune

On August 23, 2003 the Union Tribune reported that "prompted by complaints that fundamentalist Islamic clerics are spreading an anti-U.S., potentially violent ideology in federal prisons, the Justice Department's inspector general is investigating how prison officials are selecting Muslim chaplains... The complaints, including some from moderate Islamic groups, focus on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons' policy of relying on endorsements from two organizations that critics say promote the hard-line viewpoints shared by Osama bin Laden and...

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Muslims and Arab-Americans Meet With FBI

August 22, 2003

Source: NCM Online

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=55f969f4cbe3fc77a68a9a9984d4343a

On August 22, 2003 NCM Online reported that "area Muslims and Arab Americans gathered for an unusual town hall meeting...in Annandale, where many confronted FBI and other U.S. government officials with concerns that their communities are being treated unfairly during the war on terrorism. Tariq Khan, center, of Falls...

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Update: Bush Makes Recess Appointment of Pipes

August 22, 2003

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

On August 22, 2003 the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued a press release declaring President Bush's recess appointment of controversial Mideast scholar Daniel Pipes to the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) a "moral victory." The statement said, "By issuing this recess appointment, the president acknowledges that Pipes' nomination would have been turned down by the Senate, despite that body's Republican majority. Without being approved by the Senate, Pipes will serve just 18 months of what...

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Minnesota International Center Leads Workshops on Abrahamic Traditions

August 21, 2003

Source: Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/news/local/6580090.htm

On August 21, 2003 the Pioneer Press reported, "After offering a series of programs to meet that need in recent years, [the Minnesota International Center] today is bringing together 'three great world religions' to help the public learn more about Christianity, Islam and Judaism and teach area teachers how to lead classroom discussions on religion. The center, based...

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Interfaith Community to Participate in World Religion Activities

August 21, 2003

Source: Argus

On August 21, 2003 the Argus reported that "some pray to God, others to Allah. Still others worship the Brahman, the Great Spirit or the Great Truth... The names for the 'divine' vary from Christianity to Buddhism and understanding the differences and similarities among world religions can enhance the faith of all religious seekers... That's the philosophy behind a 'World Peace Village' sponsored by the Menlo Park-based Child and Family Institute and Fremont's St. James Episcopal Church today... The community is invited to participate in...

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Being Gay and Muslim in the U.S.

August 19, 2003

Source: Reuters

On August 19, 2003 Reuters reported that "being gay and Muslim, especially after Sept. 11, 2001, is a unique act of defiance requiring homosexuals to defend their religious identity in the face of an increasingly suspicious U.S. government and sexual orientation amid hostility from the conservative Islamic community... Many would rather deny their sexuality than sacrifice family, friends, culture or religion by coming out of the closet... But some gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Muslims are finding a safe haven in Al-Fatiha, a...

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Editorial: Religious Differences and Law Enforcement

August 19, 2003

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/editorial/6563587.htm

On August 19, 2003 the Philadelphia Inquirer printed an editorial stating that "around the United States increasing numbers of employers - including law enforcers - have concluded there is no good reason for denying religious expression on-the-job, such as female Muslim workers wearing the head covering some consider intrinsic to their faith... In Chicago's Cook County...

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Livermore, CA Citizens Try to Save Mosque Leader from Deportation

August 19, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/6566348.htm

On August 19, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "people of all faiths are rallying around a Livermore mosque leader who could be deported despite his lawyer's claim that a bureaucratic mix-up caused his immigration problems... Egyptian citizen Ahmad Abdalghafar Abdalla has been the calm center of a storm that has involved everyone from Amnesty International to the First...

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