Islam

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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Editorial: Religious Leaders Support Hate Crime Victim's Relatives

September 15, 2003

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20030915-123024-7289r.htm

On September 15, 2003 in The Washington Times, Bishop Melvin G. Talbert, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, and Rabbi Marla J. Feldman wrote that "two years ago, an angry young man walked into a convenience store in Dallas and killed Waqar Hasan, an innocent Pakistani man who was working hard to earn a living for his family and to become an American citizen. Mark Anthony Stroman shot Hasan...

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Muslims Build New School in Lexington, KY

September 15, 2003

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/heraldleader/news/6774662.htm

On September 15, 2003 the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that "for two years it has been a dream postponed, but it's a dream about to become a dream fulfilled. It's the Lexington Universal Academy, Lexington's newest private school and the first built and sponsored by Muslims. The academy...is scheduled to open Oct. 6. The delay was not the fault of the academy's founders....

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Federal Jury Rejects Bias Suit by Muslim Executive

September 15, 2003

Source: The Recorder

http://biz.yahoo.com/law/030915/8b4790db9d2d0885b7fbd4029dfec400_1.html

On September 15, 2003 The Recorder reported that "a federal jury returned a defense verdict Thursday in a wrongful-termination suit filed by a Lebanese-American executive who said his bosses pressured him to quit in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The seven-woman, one-man jury returned its verdict in less than two hours, deciding that former...

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Scout Troops Represent Many Faiths

September 15, 2003

Source: The Oregonian

http ://w ww.oregonlive.com/living/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/living/1063454193187750.xml

On September 15, 2003 The Oregonian reported that "in their green Girl Scout vests stitched with badges, the girls of Troop 869 are the newest members of a 91-year-old tradition rooted in the American South. With their Muslim headcoverings and prayers, the girls also represent how far the Girl Scouts have gone to tailor Scouting to many faiths, or none. National Girl Scout officials don't keep track of members'...

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Post-9/11 Hatred Waning, but Not Gone

September 13, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-limusl133452956sep13,0,2779019.story?coll=ny-li-vertical-headlines

On September 13, 2003 Newsday reported that "angry, screaming strangers no longer cut Harpreet Bagga off on the Long Island Expressway. They do not vandalize his home or spit in his face, as they had done to many other Sikh, Arab and Muslim Americans amid the terror and confusion...

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Higher interest in Islam subsides but learning continues

September 13, 2003

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/living/religion/6738787.htm

On September 13, 2003 The Kansas City Star reported "across the country, bookstores no longer sell out of copies of the Qu'ran. By all accounts the nationwide race to get educated about Islam and Muslim peoples has become notably less urgent. The sprint for knowledge may have ended, but the marathon of learning continues, as a variety of indicators...

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Islamic Roots Important as Cultural Rather Than Religious Identity

September 12, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/3104130.stm

On September 12, 2003 the BBC News reported that "Bosnia-Hercegovina, which emerged as an independent state in 1992, is one of only a handful of countries in Europe where Muslims form the largest group in the population. But religion in Bosnia - or the cultural tradition it represents among the many secular-minded people - is a crucial badge of self-identity. Without that form of self-definition,...

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NCC and CAIR Release Joint Statement Commemorating Sept. 11

September 11, 2003

Source: National Council of Churches

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/03september11joint.html

On September 11, 2003 National Council of Churches released a joint statement by Bob Edgar, general secretary of the National Council of Churches USA and Ghazi Khankan, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-New York, commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks: "On this second anniversary of the terror attacks, we must come together in a spirit of national unity and...

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ABC News Poll Says Americans More Suspicious of Muslims Post 9/11

September 11, 2003

Source: WRIC TV (VA)

http://www.wric.com/Global/story.asp?S=1439528

On September 11, 2003 WRIC TV in Virginia reported on a poll conducted by ABC News showing that Americans have become more suspicious of Muslims since Sept. 11, 2001. "Americans' suspicions of Islam have grown sharply since the 9/11 attacks, and less than half now call it a peaceful religion, according to a new ABC News poll. It finds that more than a third of Americans surveyed now believe that Islam...

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