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Update: Cross-Burning at College Park Mosque Angers Community

July 24, 2003

Source: Gazette

http://www.gazette.net/200330/princegeorgescty/updates/169952-1.html

On July 24, 2003 the Gazette reported that "Muslim community members, elected officials and civic associations, outraged about a cross burning at a College Park mosque, condemned the incident today as a cowardly act and evidence of a hate crime intimidation tactic... Prince George's County Councilman Thomas Hendershot (D-Dist. 3) of New Carrollton said such acts would...

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Update: American Jewish Committee Urges Approval of Daniel Pipes

July 23, 2003

Source: The American Jewish Committee

http://www.ajc.org/InTheMedia/PressReleases.asp?did=878

On July 23, 2003 The American Jewish Committee reported that "the American Jewish Committee (AJC) today urged a Senate committee to approve without further delay the nomination of Dr. Daniel Pipes to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace... 'Rejecting this nomination would have a chilling effect on the important political discourse about the threat of...

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Update: Daniel Pipes' Nomination Stalls

July 23, 2003

Source: MPAC News

http://www.mpacnews.org/

On July 23, 2003 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that "members of the Senate committee charged with recommending Daniel Pipes to serve on the board of the US Institute for Peace (USIP) asked Chairman Judd Gregg (R-NH) for more time to gather more information on the 'controversial nominee'... Senator Tom Harkin (D-Il), who spoke at length about how offended he was, as a child of immigrants from Europe of the Catholic faith, by the Pipes'...

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California Muslim Cemetery Vandalized

July 22, 2003

Source: Daily Press

On July 22, 2003 the Daily Press reported that "decorative funerary statues smashed on graves. Headstones toppled and white paint poured over a marble grave marker... That was the scene Monday after vandals damaged five graves at a Muslim cemetery in Adelanto [CA] on Sunday night, San Bernardino County Sheriff's officials said... In dollar terms, the vandalism is estimated at $285. But the incident goes deeper than mere money... Ali Khawaja, who manages the cemetery, said this is the second or third such incident in a year. Prior to last...

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Christians Against Including Islamic Tribunals in Kenya's Constitution

July 22, 2003

Source: Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/008/17.29.html

On July 22, 2003 Christianity Today reported that "Muslims are working to make Kadhi courts a formal part of the country's new constitution, but Christians are fighting the move. They say the change would give preferential treatment to Islam. Kadhi courts settle marriage and inheritance disputes between Muslims, and they have been legally recognized at the district level since Kenya'...

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Plans to Build Islamic Mosque Proposed Near Carlisle Airport, PA

July 22, 2003

Source: The Patriot News

On July 22, 2003 The Patriot News reported that "a plan has been submitted to build an Islamic mosque, community center and cemetery on 9.3 acres along Petersburg Road in South Middleton Twp [PA]... The property is less than a mile south of the Carlisle Airport on the west side of the road... The plan, submitted by Peace Centre Corp. of Carlisle, calls for two buildings -- a mosque and community center totaling about 8,000 square feet -- with a 52-space parking lot at the front of the property, and a cemetery with flat markers on...

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South African Legislation May Recognize Islamic Marriage

July 22, 2003

Source: News24.com

http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1391111,00.html

On July 22, 2003 News24.com reported that "South Africans married under Islamic law came one step closer on Tuesday to having their unions legalised, with the release of proposed draft legislation to this effect...Muslims have been trying for decades to have their unions legally recognised. Islamic marriages were regarded as null and void by South...

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EEOC Files Discrimination Law Suit Against Trans States Airlines, Inc.

July 21, 2003

Source: HR Next

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On July 21, 2003 HR Next reported that "the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Thursday filed a post-9/11 backlash discrimination lawsuit against Trans States Airlines, Inc., a regional commuter airline. The EEOC has filed six cases alleging this type of discrimination to date... EEOC alleges that Trans States discriminated against Mohammed Hussein, a pilot, because of his Islamic religious beliefs and his Arabic appearance. Hussein...

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Community Outreach Liaison for New Jersey

July 21, 2003

Source: The Times

http://www.nj.com/news/times/index.ssf?/base/news-0/1058774724267540.xml

On July 21, 2003 The Times reported that "a new face has joined a panel engaged in increasing cultural awareness. Sitting next to representatives from the U.S. Justice Department, Anti-Defamation League, state police and the state's bias crime unit is a mother of six from Middlesex County... This woman with brown eyes and hair covered by a scarf serves as a...

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Editorial: A Different American Dream for Muslim Americans

July 20, 2003

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/2003/jul/07202003/commenta/76743.asp

On July 20, 2003 The Salt Lake Tribune printed an editorial by Abtihal Raji-Kubba stating that "for many Muslim immigrants, the American dream is rarely about owning a home, a car, or a boat. Rather, it is about experiencing political and religious freedom. Most leave their countries because of political and religious persecution. They leave their comfortable homes and loved...

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Utah Imam Educates Law Enforcement Officers about Cultural Sensitivity

July 20, 2003

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/2003/Jul/07202003/utah/77049.asp

On July 20, 2003 The Salt Lake Tribune reported that "over the course of the dozens of presentations he has given to college students, churches and community groups about Muslim culture since Sept. 11, 2001, Shuaib-Ud Din practically had become an official spokesman for Utah Muslims... Now the imam at West Valley City's Khadeeja mosque is doubly certified -- this time by the U.S....

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Delaware's Blue Laws and its Impact on Jews and Muslims

July 20, 2003

Source: The News Journal

http://www.delawareonline.com/newsjournal/local/2003/07/20bluelawsaburden.html

On July 20, 2003 The News Journal reported that "the nation's blue laws have long required people of non-Christian faiths to adjust their lives to accommodate Sunday observances and laws... This year, the General Assembly discussed moving Delaware's primary from Saturday to Tuesday to avoid disenfranchising Jewish voters wishing to keep the...

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Arab-American Agent Files Discrimination Lawsuit against F.B.I.

July 19, 2003

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/20/national/20AGEN.html

On July 19, 2003 The New York Times reported that "the F.B.I.'s highest-ranking Arab-American agent has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the bureau, charging that he was kept out of the investigation of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackings because of his ancestry... The agent, Bassem Youssef, filed the lawsuit on Friday in Federal District Court for the District of Columbia. Mr....

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Mormon Church Having Difficulties Registering With Government

July 18, 2003

Source: Cybercast News Service

http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religiontoday/1210353.html

On July 18, 2003, Crosswalk.com posted a Cybercast News Service story , which reported, "While Russian Orthodox, Muslim and most other denominations practice in Tatarstan with relative ease, the Mormon Church is still having problems registering with the government in Tatarstan and is challenging the government's refusal...A U.S. State Department human rights report released...

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