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Texas Requires Minute of Silence for Public Schools

April 9, 2003

Source: San Antonio Express-News

On April 9, 2003 the San Antonio Express-News reported that "the Texas Senate voted Tuesday to require the state's 4.1 million public school students to pause for a daily minute of silent prayer, meditation or reflection... The measure, by Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, also mandates that school districts require students to recite the Texas and U.S. pledges of allegiance before the minute of silence... Students could be excused from the pledge recitals upon written notice from a parent or guardian, but they wouldn't be...

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FBI Agents Visit Seattle Area Mosque to Answer Questions

April 7, 2003

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/116180_mosque07.shtml

On April 7, 2003 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that "three FBI agents appeared at a Mountlake Terrace mosque [WA] Friday as evening prayers were drawing to a close. But they weren't there to interrogate anyone. Rather, it was the agents who faced the questions of an anxious Muslim community... About three dozen men sat on the carpeted floor of Masjid Omar Al-...

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Iowa: Controversy over North Liberty City Officials Plan to Lease Land Intended for Muslim Youth Camp

April 7, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/archives

On April 7, 2003 the Chicago Tribune reported that "in a post-9/11 world and with America at war in an Islamic nation, the debate about the [Muslim Youth] camp has become much more than just how tall the buildings should be and how the sewage should be treated... Distrust and fear of Muslims is palpable when paging through the more than 100 letters and e-mail messages that have been sent to the corps as part of a recent...

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Religion as Both Unifying and Divisive during War in Iraq

April 7, 2003

Source: Religion Writers

http://www.religionwriters.com/public/tips/040703/040703b.shtml

On April 7, 2003 the Religion Writers reported that "since the Iraq war began, Muslims - and those sometimes mistaken for Muslims - say they have experienced discrimination and hate in the United States. Police are investigating possible hate crimes in Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, Wisconsin, California, and Arizona. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, hate crimes against...

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Secret Evidence and Extended Detentions

April 6, 2003

Source: CBS News

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/04/06/60minutes/main548023.shtml

On April 6, 2003 CBS News reported that "Hady Omar came to the United States from Egypt three and a half years ago. He lives in Arkansas with his wife Candy, an Arkansas native, and their daughter Jasmine... He’s never been charged with any criminal offense, but he says he was held in custody in a maximum-security prison for 73 days because he is a Muslim... The...

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Multifaith Group Films Commercial to Prevent Hate Crimes

April 5, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On April 5, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "twenty-nine-year-old Anjum A. Ali has two very distinctive looks - that of an American patriot and that of a Muslim... Dressed in her traditional head garb, the American-born Muslim has struggled to make more traditional citizens understand that she, too, is a patriot... With the help of her friend Neil Kuchinsky, a well-known Jewish lawyer who often serves as an advocate for people of the Jewish religion, and local real estate investor Vince Ferranti, a Christian Italian-...

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Muslim American Society Discuss with Fleet over Closing of Accounts

April 4, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On April 4, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "officials from the Muslim American Society are in discussions with FleetBoston Financial Corp., asking the bank to re-examine its recent decisions to close at least 15 accounts of individuals or institutions with Arabic names... Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, said Fleet 'is a test case' and the effort might spread to other large national banks that he said might be engaging in discriminatory practices... Fleet spokesman James E....

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Tempe Officials Declare City Buildings Haven from Hate

April 4, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On April 4, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "Tempe [AZ] has declared its city buildings a haven for local Muslims who may face war-related harassment or threats, making it the first Phoenix-area community to officially do so... 'City buildings have always been safe havens,' Tempe's diversity coordinator, Rosa Inchausti, said in a note to department heads last week. 'People need to know that anyone can go into any city building if they are feeling harassed or threatened.'"

Update: CAIR Seeks "Terrorist" Designation for Robert Goldstein

April 4, 2003

Source: CAIR

On April 4, 2003 CAIR issued a press release stating that "Florida's office of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today expressed deep disappointment over the government's failure to charge as a 'terrorist' a man who was actively plotting to bomb 50 Islamic centers and Muslim schools in that state... Robert Goldstein, 38, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to violate civil rights, attempting to damage religious property and a weapons possession charge. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison... CAIR-...

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Evangelical Christians On the Front Lines

April 4, 2003

Source: The Guardian

On April 4, 2003 The Guardian reported that "poised behind the troops, waiting for a signal that Iraq is safe enough for them to operate in, are the evangelical Christians - carrying food in one hand and the Bible in the other... All the groups, generously funded by American churchgoers, are likely to do a magnificent job in offering water, food, medical help and comfort to a traumatised population. But they are causing alarm among Muslims, who fear vulnerable Iraqis will be cajoled into conversion, and Christians, some of whom...

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Uncertainty of Mosque Permit Disappoints Muslim Community

April 4, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/archives

On April 4, 2003 the Chicago Tribune reported that "the leader of a Muslim group expressed disappointment and uncertainty about the fate of a proposed mosque and school expansion in the wake of a unanimous rejection by the Morton Grove [IL] Plan Commission... 'We worked closely with our neighbors and the commission to incorporate their suggestions and provide an acceptable plan that is good for the neighborhood,' said...

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