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Update: Muslim Group Meets with F.B.I. about Alleged Hate Crime at UCLA

April 23, 2003

Source: MPAC News

http://www.mpacnews.org/

On April 23, 2003 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that "on Saturday April 19th, UCLA Medical Center staff found what appears to be pig blood poured into a drawer containing Muslim prayer rugs. The bloodied drawer was found in a chapel that is used by various religious groups in what appears to be an obvious hate crime... A container labeled 'pig's blood' was left in the drawer, which was labeled 'Muslim Prayer Rugs.' The compass, which...

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Hip-Hop and Islam

April 23, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/entertainment/music/5685019.htm

On April 23, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "Islam has flavored hip-hop from its beginnings with Afrika Bambaataa to current rappers Jurassic 5 and Mos Def. But current events have made Muslim rappers feel like they're under attack. Muslim rappers are also struggling to make their varied beliefs understood... Some are changing their names to avoid backlash...

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Muslims Concerned about White House Briefing with Evangelical Christians

April 22, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A7981-2003Apr21?language=printer

On April 22, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "Muslims were upset that Franklin Graham, who had condemned Islam as evil, preached at the Pentagon last week. Now comes word that the White House held a private briefing for 141 evangelical Christian leaders March 27 to discuss the Iraq war and other subjects... Those invited included Jerry...

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Interfaith Meeting between Muslims and Christians in Sacramento

April 22, 2003

Source: Pakistan Link

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=57e63a9660ab4e863c81fe2679cf89db

On April 22, 2003 the Pakistan Link reported on "the Al Momineen Sunday School at the Downtown [Sacramento, CA] Mosque in full session as the group of about 20 members of the Woodland Presbyterian Church arrived to a reception committee comprising the Mosque President Bashir Chaudhry, Imam Mumtaz Qasmi, Mr. Shahid...

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Editorial: Sunni Chaplains for Shia Muslims in Prison

April 22, 2003

Source: The Weekly Standard

On April 22, 2003 The Weekly Standard printed an editorial by Terry Eastland questioning "why... has New York state, in treating the religious activities of Muslim inmates within its prisons, favored one Islamic sect over another--namely, Sunni Islam over Shia Islam?" He stated, "that question is at the heart of a lawsuit filed against the state by four Shia Muslim prisoners at Fishkill Correctional Facility. The lawsuit challenges current policy under which the New York State Department of Correctional Services accommodates, as...

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Amina Wadud and Her Challenges to Patriarchal Readings

April 21, 2003

Source: Alameda Times-Star

On April 21, 2003 the Alameda Times-Star reported that "just the idea that [Amina] Wadud had challenged the accepted readings of the Quran -- readings or critical analysis that support the view of women's inferiority to men -- gave her instant star status... Wadud's paper -- 'Pluralism and Invisibility: Hagar, Then and Now' -- looks at the absence of named women in the Quranic text, scholarship related to the text, and by extension the Muslim world, using the unnamed scriptural figure Hagar, a single mother, as a case in point......

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Nomination of Daniel Pipes Alarms Muslim Groups

April 21, 2003

Source: CAIR

On April 21, 2003 CAIR reported that "during an interview broadcast on the national 'Democracy Now' radio program, pro-Israel commentator Daniel Pipes outlined why he advocates the profiling by law enforcement and security personnel of Muslims and Arab-Americans. When program host Amy Goodman asked whether Pipes' support for profiling extended to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, he said: 'It's not a subject I know enough about to talk about...' In that same radio interview, Pipes also said razing Palestinian...

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Muslim Comic Fights Stereotypes and Discrimination

April 20, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On April 20, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that Tissa Hami, an employee of the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, is also an "Iranian-American comic... she said she understands the difficulties religious Muslims face in the United States, and hopes her comedy can undermine anti-Islamic paranoia."

Editorial: Daniel Pipes' Nomination to U.S. Institute of Peace

April 19, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A53900-2003Apr18.html

On April 19, 2003 The Washington Post printed an editorial stating that "the White House had nominated scholar Daniel Pipes to, of all places, the U.S. Institute of Peace... The institute is a quasi-governmental think tank dedicated to international "peace and conflict resolution"; one of its latest projects is the Special Initiative on the Muslim World, begun...

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Maryland Interfaith Panel Focuses on Peace

April 18, 2003

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On April 18, 2003 The Baltimore Sun reported that "as images and news about the war in Iraq have loomed in recent weeks, Howard County religious leaders have been focusing on messages of peace... Members of many area churches and synagogues have been straddling the fine line between support for U.S. troops overseas and discussing whether the war is just. Whether their members have supported the war or opposed military action, many congregations simply prayed for a peaceful and just resolution... Bon Secours Spiritual Center in...

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Editorials: Good Friday at the Pentagon

April 18, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48427-2003Apr17.html

On April 18, 2003 The Washington Post printed an letter to the editor by Stephen Goldberg stating that "the Pentagon's refusal to rescind its invitation to the Rev. Franklin Graham to deliver the Good Friday homily at the Defense Department, despite his labeling of Islam as an evil religion, demonstrates that the Bush administration's call for outreach to...

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Editorials: Good Friday at the Pentagon

April 18, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48427-2003Apr17.html

On April 18, 2003 The Washington Post printed an letter to the editor by Robert Kramer stating that "regarding the April 15 editorial 'Evangelize Elsewhere' and the news story of the same day 'Graham Invitation Irks Muslims at Pentagon': Somebody is missing the point... Why is the Pentagon hosting a Good Friday service to begin with? Are America's leaders so...

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