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Multifaith Thoughts for the New Year

December 31, 2002

Source: The Plain Dealer

On December 31, 2002 The Plain Dealer reported that "the Plain Dealer asked Northeast Ohioans representing different faiths to share their thoughts and prayers for the new year. If there is one theme that runs through these reflections, it is a sense of hope amid despair. Religious leaders seek faith to not only be peacemakers and serve the poor and the homeless and others in need next year, but to do what they believe is God's work with a spirit of joy and peace... Ven. Shih Ying-Fa, Abbot, CloudWater Zendo, Zen Center of...

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Controversy Over Somali Muslim Immigrant Communities in Small N.E. Town

December 30, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/3562134.html

On December 30, 2002 the Star Tribune reported that "a Somali advocacy group is branching out beyond the Twin Cities with its 'National Tour Against Hate,' aimed at raising awareness about the struggles of Somali communities in Seattle and Lewiston, Maine... Omar Jamal, executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center of St. Paul, will be leaving Jan. 6 for a journey on which he plans to...

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Growing Muslim Community in Southside, Georgia

December 29, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/fayette/1202/29islam.html

On December 29, 2002 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that "when Soumaya Khalifa and her husband, Mohamed, moved to Peachtree City 15 years ago, they joined a small group of Muslims on Atlanta's Southside... Today, the Khalifas are part of an emerging Islamic community that has gradually helped diversify metro Atlanta's Southside -- Fayette,...

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Rhodes Scholar Eboo Patel

December 28, 2002

Source: Knight Ridder Tribune News Service

http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/local/4827078.htm

On December 28, 2002 the Knight Ridder Tribune News Service reported on "Eboo Patel, a 27-year-old Rhodes scholar with a pierced tongue, a devout Muslim with a vision of interfaith cooperation so bold that it recently landed him on a list of 30 'Young Visionaries' under age 30 compiled by Utne Reader magazine, a digest of alternative media... Patel wants to...

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

December 27, 2002

Source: The Gazette

http://www.crgazette.com/go_article/0,1336,48299-11,00.html?cks=0

On December 27, 2002 The Gazette reported that "Johnson County officials Thursday formally agreed to the final wording of an 11-page report challenging the merits of a proposed Muslim youth camp near North Liberty... The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to send the document to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is gathering public comment on the project. In its...

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December: Celebrations and Dilemmas, 2002

December 25, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On December 25, 2002 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "last night, a group of Hindu children arrived at the Belani family's home in Brookfield for a party complete with gifts and a visit from Santa Claus. 'It's not something that we do for religious reasons,' said Belani, who has two daughters, ages 9 and 10. 'I just want the kids to feel like a part of it just because everyone else is doing it. I feel like kids are growing up here and it's hard for them.' With carols playing on every radio station,...

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MPAC's Annual Convention, 2002

December 24, 2002

Source: MPAC

http://www.mpac.org/home_article_display.aspx?ITEM=317

On December 24, 2002 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that the "MPAC annual convention drew over 1500 activists and speakers to Southern California this past weekend... Gasser Hathout gives a comprehensive, stark picture of the specific threats provisions within the USA PATRIOT act poses to the average American in a very informative...

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Update: Discussion of Marietta Board of Zoning's Denial of Minaret Plans

December 24, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/cobb/1202/26mosque.html

On December 24, 2002 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that "more than 100 of Amjad Taufique neighbors... protest[ed] the plans before the Marietta [GA] Board of Zoning Appeals at its Dec. 16 meeting. The mosque needed the board's approval to build the minaret, which is 35 feet higher than city rules allow... when a man approached him and rudely...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

December 23, 2002

Source: Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/press/pressdetail.asp?pressid=26

On December 23, 2002 the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force issued a press release. "SMART’s Executive Director, Navtej Khalsa, questioned the effect of these actions on the relationship between immigrant communities and law enforcement officials. 'We understand the need to prevent against any potential future terrorist attacks,' said...

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Islamic Group Outraged by Cartoon Depicting Prophet Muhammad

December 22, 2002

Source: CAIR

http://www.cair-net.org/images/mohammeddrive.gif

On December 22, 2002 CAIR, a national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, issued a press release expressing "outrage at a Doug Marlette syndicated editorial cartoon, headlined 'What Would Mohammed Drive?' showing the Prophet Muhammad driving a nuclear bomb-laden truck similar to that used by Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing... The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR...

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Chicago's South Asian Friendship Center and Bookstore

December 22, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On December 22, 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "while some evangelical Protestants condemn Islam, those at Chicago's South Asian Friendship Center and Bookstore take the opposite approach. The small storefront opened in 1997 in the city's Little India section, amid dozens of specialty stores that cater to immigrants from India and Pakistan. The majority of people who stop to chat and sip tea are Muslims, though some are Hindus. The center provides many services new immigrants need, with emphasis on...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

December 20, 2002

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/CvlRt_32/4214_32.asp

On December 20, 2002, the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights group, issued a press release "express[ing] concern regarding the detention and alleged mistreatment of Middle Eastern men and boys in Los Angeles by federal immigration officials. The League urged the Immigration and Naturalization Service to ensure compliance with civil rights laws and to disclose the procedures used in...

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