FBI Reports Rise of Hate Crimes against Muslims Post 9/11

November 26, 2002

Source: The Denver Post

On November 26, 2002 The Denver Post reported that "an increase in hate crimes against Colorado Muslims in 2001  mirrored the sharp rise nationwide in hate crimes against people of the Islamic faith. Seventeen hate crimes against Muslims were reported in the second half of 2001, including the months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. In contrast, there were no reported anti-Islamic hate crimes in Colorado in 2000 and the first half of 2001... Hate crimes increased nationally...

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Symbolic Cleansing of Courthouse Steps after Ku Klux Klan Rally

November 25, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On November 25, 2002 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "a crowd of white, black, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist Milwaukeeans joined forces for a symbolic cleansing of the federal courthouse steps where white supremacists had rallied the day before. The Sunday ceremony followed a Saturday rally by about 50 members of the Ku Klux Klan, the National Socialist Movement and the World Church of the Creator, whose message of white separatism was jeered by hundreds of protesters...

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Controversy Over Holiday Stamps

November 25, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

On November 25, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "the piece of postage features a greeting for two major Islamic holidays rendered in gold Arabic calligraphy against an azure background. 'Eid Mubarak,' it reads in homage to Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, the monthlong period of fasting and prayer that will conclude this year on Dec. 6, and Eid al-Adha, a celebration during the pilgrimage to Mecca in February. The U.S. Postal Service first issued the stamp 10 days before the terrorist attacks on the World Trade...

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Interfaith Iftaar 2002

November 25, 2002

Source: Post-Gazette

On November 25, 2002 the Post-Gazette reported that "followers of Islam welcomed guests of all faiths to the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh last night with hospitality, prayer and a dinner that broke a daily fast during the month of Ramadan. Muslims believe that during Ramadan, the lunar month of peace, God revealed the Quran to the Prophet Mohammed. This year, Ramadan began Nov. 6 and will end Dec. 5. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset as a way to develop patience, self-control and a deeper connection with God. Last...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 25, 2002

Source: The Plain Dealer

On November 25, 2002 The Plain Dealer reported that "Zoroastrians celebrated bountiful harvests in Persia long before the storied fall gala the Pilgrims put on near Plymouth Rock in 1621. Ditto for the Jewish faithful, who call their harvest festival Sukkot, and for followers of many of the world's other religions. So last night, four days before the Thanksgiving holiday, John Lecky brought together Buddhists and Christians, Hindus and Jews, Muslims and Zoroastrians to reflect on the thanks they all give in one way or another....

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Habitat for Humanity to Use Interfaith Coalition to Build Home

November 25, 2002

Source: Connecticut Post

On November 25, 2002 the Connecticut Post reported that "Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bridgeport [CT], using for the first time, an interfaith coalition of support, will have a two-story, four-bedroom house for Sundus, her parents and five siblings sitting on the property. Salem Lutheran will be teamed with members of Al-Aziz Islamic Center, Congregations B'nai Israel and Rodelph Sholom and Shiloh Baptist Church, all of Bridgeport, and Congregation Beth El of Fairfield. Habitat executive director Bob Knebel said the organization...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 24, 2002

Source: The Argus,1413,83%257E1971%257E1010917,00.html

On November 24, 2002 The Argus reported that "more than 40 years ago, three Protestant churches of different denominations came together in the name of unity for a Thanksgiving service. It was a progressive step at the time, said Don Anderson, former pastor of First Christian Church, one of the churches that met in 1961. During the 1960s, more churches...

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Editorial: American Muslims and Thanksgiving

November 24, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On November 24, 2002 St. Louis Post-Dispatch printed an editorial by Ghazala Hayat that stated, "as a Muslim, I thank for all the bounties from God every day. As an American, I look forward to the holiday; children come home; friends are also in town. I hear the familiar laughs and the door opens and closes often. The dinner is traditional: kosher turkey, corn, cranberries and pumpkin pie. We almost always have friends to join us. As first-generation immigrants, most of us do not have parents or relatives living in...

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Interfaith Soup Kitchen

November 23, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On November 23, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "the chaplain, Imam Johari Abdel-Malik, challenged the Rev. Graylan Hagler to work with him on an interfaith charity project in Washington. Abdel-Malik said he could provide food and volunteers for an effort to feed the needy. Could Hagler provide a place for them to serve the meals? This week, as a result...

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Ramadan in America, 2002

November 23, 2002

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On November 23, 2002 the Omaha World-Herald reported that "this is the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims worldwide fast from dawn to dusk for an entire month. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar. This year it started Nov. 6. At sunset, Muslims break their fast - customarily with friends, family members or at the mosque - and resume their regular activities. Naeemah Abdus-Salam says the mosque offers a sense of community. She said it is also good for her children to see that Muslims come from various...

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Fasting and Sports

November 23, 2002

Source: The Free Press

On November 23, 2002 The Free Press reported that "despite the difficulties, a surprising number of Muslim students across metro Detroit are running, tackling and winning games on empty stomachs and parched throats. It's a striking symbol of how the increasing number of U.S.-born Muslims are melding their faith and American traditions like high school sports."

"What Would Jesus Drive?"

November 22, 2002

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On November 22, 2002 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "prominent Christian and Jewish leaders called this week on the auto industry and their own congregations 'to recognize that transportation choices are moral choices' because of 'the extraordinary impact they have on God's creation and God's children.' In an open letter to auto executives, and in meetings Wednesday at...

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Interfaith Iftaar 2002

November 21, 2002

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

On November 21, 2002 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that "about 100 students and other members of the campus community, including Christians, came together for what was billed as a 'Fast Food' dinner. The event celebrated the breaking of the daily fast by Muslims during their holy month of Ramadan and allowed each group to learn about fasting in Islam and...

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Pennsylvania Passes "The Religious Freedom Protection Act"

November 21, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On November 21, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "Pennsylvania could become the 10th state to pass a bill meant to give new protections to religious groups but criticized by opponents as giving the groups free rein to ignore many laws. The Religious Freedom Protection Act... would allow laws that burden a person's religious practice or belief to be challenged in court...

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Interfaith Iftaar 2002

November 21, 2002

Source: The Tucson Citizen

On November 21, 2002 The Tucson Citizen reported that "about 100 Muslims and Methodists from St. Francis in the Foothills congregation sat together to celebrate iftar - breaking of the Ramadan fast - at the Islamic Center of Tucson... A few Jews also were on hand."