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Children's Museum of Houston Celebrates Religious Diversity

November 14, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On November 14, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "the Children's Museum of Houston celebrates this diversity with the return of its annual Festivals of Light exhibit, which is open today through Jan. 20. The exhibit showcases eight religious and cultural observances. They are Diwali, Ramadan, Santa Lucia, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the Lunar New Year during its free Thursday Family Nights - starting this evening - and as WonderWeekend festivities through Feb. 2. Children can see how the...

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CAIR Calls for Repudiation of Anti-Islamic Rhetoric

November 13, 2002

Source: The Council on American-Islamic Relations

On November 13, 2002 The Council on American-Islamic Relations reported that "a prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today again called on President Bush and other elected officials to repudiate anti-Islamic rhetoric, just as American Muslims repudiate anti-Christian or anti-Semitic hate speech. 'It is time for the president to step up to the plate on the issue of Islamophobia in America. Merely repeating the mantra that Islam is a religion of peace does little to stem the rising tide...

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Pat Robertson Accuses Muslims of Being "Worse than the Nazis"

November 13, 2002

Source: The American Jewish Committee

http://www.ajc.org/InTheMedia/PressReleases.asp?did=682

On November 13, 2002 The American Jewish Committee issued a press release that "sharply criticized the Rev. Pat Robertson for his sweeping condemnation of Islam. 'While there are highly disturbing trends of anti-Semitism and, more generally, intolerance in the Muslim world, the Rev. Robertson’s wholesale denigration of an entire faith, by calling Muslims ‘worse...

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Human Rights Watch Issues Report of Post 9/11 Backlash

November 13, 2002

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Sept-11-Backlash.html

On November 13, 2002 The New York Times reported that "U.S. authorities responded quickly and vigorously to the post-Sept. 11 backlash against Arabs and Muslims, but they should have been better prepared for such violence, according to a report by Human Rights Watch. After the terrorist attacks, a wave of...

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Controversy Over Land for Native American Medicine Wheel

November 13, 2002

Source: The Becket Fund

http://www.becketfund.org/litigate/MedicineWheel.html

On November 13, 2002 The Becket Fund reported that "in November 2002, The Becket Fund filed an amicus curiae brief [Wyoming Sawmills Inc. v. U.S. Forest Service, et al] with the 10th Circuit, on behalf of itself and a wide variety of Christian, Jewish and Muslim organizations, including the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, the General...

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Ramadan Prayers in Public Schools

November 12, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On November 12, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "a dispute over Ramadan prayers at Brookhaven High School has been resolved, a Columbus Public Schools spokesman said yesterday. Andrew Marcelain said eight or nine students, some of whom left class, gathered outside the school to pray on Thursday. The students later met with Principal Robert Murphy, who explained the district's policy on prayer in schools, Marcelain said. The students returned to class and were not disciplined."

Northern Californian Muslims Reach Out to Community

November 12, 2002

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/5169747p-6178758c.html

On November 12, 2002 The Sacramento Bee reported that "exchanges like those between Congregation B'Nai Israel in Sacramento's Land Park neighborhood and SALAM (Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims), which sent a teen delegation of its own to B'Nai Israel a few weeks ago, are shattering barriers of ignorance and mistrust that have traditionally separated America...

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Seattle Muslims Reach Out with Ramadan

November 11, 2002

Source: The Oregonian

On November 11, 2002 The Oregonian reported that "last year, the interfaith iftar at Wilson High School came two months after Sept. 11.... The iftar, a community celebration of the meal that breaks Muslims' daily fast during Ramadan, was a success. But Neighborhood House, the Southwest Portland agency that hosted it, didn't plan on a repeat. At least not until federal authorities indicted six local Muslims for conspiring to wage war against the United States and to support terrorism. 'We almost needed to do it more this year,'...

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Ramadan in America, 2002

November 10, 2002

Source: PBS

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week610/feature.html

On November 10, 2002 PBS reported that "this week, Muslims around the world began celebrating Ramadan, the holy month of prayer and fasting. During Ramadan, adult Muslims are expected to fast and abstain from sex during daylight hours. President Bush sent Ramadan greetings to Muslims and, on Thursday evening, held a special fast-breaking meal at the White House for American Muslim...

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Update: Virginia Mosque Vandalized

November 10, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On November 10, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "two teenage boys have been charged with felony hate crime for vandalizing a mosque in Sterling the weekend after Sept. 11 this year. The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said they appear to have acted alone. The youths, ages 14 and 16, were also charged Wednesday with five counts of misdemeanor destruction of property and one count of felony destruction of property, sheriff's officials said. Sheriff's officials charged the 16-year-old with a second count of felony hate crime...

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At Start of Ramadan, Many Muslims in Solemn Mood

November 9, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 9, 2002 the reported that "Muslims across the world began fasting yesterday for the holy month of Ramadan... Some used the occasion to condemn militants whose campaign of violence, notably the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, triggered a backlash against Islamic communities... But for millions the main sensation was a mounting sense of injustice at what they see as anti-Muslim policies of Western governments, especially, the United States..."

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