Islam

Eid al-Fitr in U.S., 2002

December 19, 2002

Source: Pakistan Link

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=69b528758e3dd704c6ce2f4374b984a0

On December 19, 2002 the Pakistan Link reported that "still reeling from the aftereffects of 9/11, the Muslim community in Sacramento turned out in record numbers for the service for Eid, the end of Ramadan. On Dec. 6, over 2000 worshipers gathered at one of the oldest continuous places of Muslim worship in the...

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Man Sentenced to 6 1/2 Years for Hate Crime

December 18, 2002

Source: Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/134598086_mosqueassault18m0.html

On December 18, 2002 the Seattle Times reported that "a Snohomish man has been sentenced to 6-1/2 years for an assault on a Seattle mosque two days after the terrorist attacks... Patrick Cunningham, 54, admitted to trying to set fire to parked vehicles at the Islamic Idriss Mosque and to threatening two worshippers with a loaded .22-caliber...

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

December 18, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On December 18, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "[North Liberty, Iowa]City officials say they will consider leasing 106 acres of federal land on Coralville Lake in an attempt to block a plan to develop a Muslim youth camp on the property. The City Council voted Tuesday to pursue a lease jointly with Johnson County officials, who also have voiced concerns about the camp and conference center proposed by the Muslim Youth Camps of America. County officials also agreed Tuesday to explore a joint lease. The land is...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

December 17, 2002

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/article.do?id=16527

On December 17, 2002 The Orange County Register reported that "at least 22 men from Arab or Islamic countries were arrested Monday as they went to the Immigration and Naturalization Service's Santa Ana office to register under a new program aimed at improving screening of foreign visitors in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, police officials confirmed... The men...

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Islamic Society of Central Florida Urges Unity

December 16, 2002

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-locrally15121502dec15.story

On December 16, 2002 the Orlando Sentinel reported that "Central Florida Muslims welcomed leaders from top Islamic groups across the country to join them... They heard each other's frustrations, shared perspectives and vowed to unify to end discrimination against Florida Muslims. Now, they hope to unite blacks, Christians, Hispanics and...

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Conflict Over Mosque Construction in East Meadow

December 15, 2002

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/15/nyregion/15MOSQ.html

On December 15, 2002 The New York Times reported that "a Muslim congregation's plan to raze two houses it owns here and build a mosque and a school in their place has drawn protests from some residents who worry about increased traffic... For nearly a decade, the Long Island Muslim Society has been holding meetings for about 150 people at the small Cape Cod-style houses side by side at...

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"Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet" to Air on PBS

December 12, 2002

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/tv/20021212owen1212fnp1.asp

On December 12, 2002 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "[Alexander] Kronemer, a 1978 graduate of Charleroi High School, is credited as creator and producer of the program with Michael Wolfe. It tells the story of Muhammad, who established the religion of Islam. Kronemer, who is Muslim, said one of the difficult tasks in telling the story of Muhammad was finding a way to...

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Wicca in American Universities

December 12, 2002

Source: Fox News Channel

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,72791,00.html

On December 12, 2002 the Fox News Channel reported that "members of Syracuse University's Pagan Society lighted candles in the campus chapel, while curious students signed up for a new class on witchcraft. And at the University of Arizona and Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, believers can be excused from class on Wiccan holidays... 'There is a cultural shift with college students identifying...

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Editorial: Islam and America

December 12, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-oe-marayati11dec11,0,3809441.story

On December 12, 2002 the Los Angeles Times printed an editorial by Salam Al-Marayati, director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. He stated, "when... violent Old and New Testament verses are quoted, they usually are put in proper historical context. Yet the same standard of interpretation is not applied when the Koran is...

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American Muslims and Home Schooling

December 12, 2002

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.com/news/840205.asp

On December 12, 2002 MSNBC reported that "Sharifa Abukar teaches at a public school in San Diego, but she says she wanted more for her four children. “I wanted to go beyond the curriculum taught in public schools and teach my children character building, too,” says Abukar, who like many Muslim parents believes that home schooling provides a shield from a permissive culture and a haven in a sometimes hostile post-Sept. 11...

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December: Celebrations and Dilemmas, 2002

December 11, 2002

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/11/nyregion/11NATI.html

On December 11, 2002 The New York Times reported that "aided by the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, a Queens family sued the city on Monday in United States District Court in Brooklyn, charging that its policy on holiday displays in schools discriminates against Roman Catholics. The policy permits what it calls secular holiday decorations, including 'Christmas trees,...

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Interfaith Awareness Week Celebration at Wisconsin State Capitol

December 11, 2002

Source: Wisconsin State Journal

On December 11, 2002 Wisconsin State Journal reported that "Buddhists set up [a] display alongside those of other religious groups at the fifth annual Interfaith Awareness Week program Tuesday at the state Capitol. Other faiths participating in the noon program were Orthodox Christian, Mennonite, Unitarian Universalist, Jewish, Hindu and Muslim. The Interfaith Awareness Week program was organized by the Rev. John-Brian Paprock... a priest at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission in Madison.

Menorahs, Star and Crescent, but No Nativity? Catholic League Sues New York's Education Holiday Policy

December 11, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17348

On December 11, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "New York is discriminating against Christian students by allowing Islamic and Jewish holiday symbols to be displayed in public schools while banning Nativity creches, a Catholic organization suing the city charged yesterday. 'All we're asking for the city of New York to do is to treat Catholics the same way they do Jews...

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