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Controversy over Required Reading on Islam at University of North Carolina

October 11, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On October 11, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "attorneys for the organization that sued the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill over a summer reading program that included a book about the Quran have filed a new motion. The American Family Association's Center for Law and Policy said in an amended federal court complaint that UNC is attempting to push Islam upon its students. The university is hosting a number of events related to the religion this fall, the complaint said."

Op-Ed: Muslim Charitable Giving

October 11, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On October 11, 2002 The New York Times printed an Op-Ed piece by Salam Al-Marayati, the Executive Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. It stated, "on Wednesday, the government indicted Enaam M. Arnaout, the leader of the Benevolence International Foundation... on charges that he helped finance Osama bin Laden's terrorist activities. While there are still unanswered questions raised by the indictment, if the charges are proved in open court and without secret evidence or sequestered accusers, Mr. Arnaout should be subject...

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Pledge for "Intimidation-Free" Campuses for Jewish Students Debated

October 11, 2002

Source: The Chapel Hill Herald

On October 11, 2002, The Chapel Hill Herald reported that "College presidents who declined to endorse a pledge against campus anti-Semitism... including Nan Keohane at Duke and N.C. State Chancellor Marye Anne Fox - faulted the manifesto for its lack of 'symmetry,' meaning it didn't also decry threats to Arabs and Muslims... UNC's James Moeser was among the nearly 300 college presidents who signed the New York Times advertisement sponsored by the American Jewish Committee... Moeser noted he would have been 'happier' if the...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Oct. 2002

October 11, 2002

Source: Rocky Mountain News

On October 11, 2002 Rocky Mountain News reported that "seven Colorado clergy... pleaded for peace at a news conference Thursday on the steps of the Denver City and County Building... the group also included leaders from the Lutheran, Catholic, United Church of Christ and Quaker churches, as well as an imam from a Lakewood mosque. Sister Cecily Jones of the Sisters of Loretto order said more than 130,000 Americans have signed a 'peace pledge' on behalf of Iraq."

CAIR Conducts Sensitivity Training Workshops for Arlington Virginia Schools

October 11, 2002

Source: Council on American Islamic Relations

On October 11, 2002 the Council on American Islamic Relations issued a press release that stated, "TeamWorks, CAIR's diversity training division, today conducted a sensitivity training workshop for Arlington Virginia Public Schools. More than 180 teachers and teacher assistants participated in the training during an in-service for the school district. For more information, contact: Nancy Hanaan Serag at 202-488-8787, ext. 6052"

U.S. Postal Service to Issue Stamps Commemorating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the Muslim Eid

October 10, 2002

Source: NBC4

http://www.nbc4.com/news/1712914/detail.html

On October 10, 2002 NBC4 reported that "a new stamp commemorating two important Muslim holidays will be available beginning Thursday at Washington, D.C. post offices. Startng Friday, it becomes available across the country, according to the U.S. Postal Service. A 34-cent Eid stamp was first issued on Sept. 1, 2001, at the annual Islamic Society of North America's convention in Des Plaines, Ill. The new version comes at...

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New American Minority: American-Muslims

October 10, 2002

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.christiansciencemonitor.com/2002/1007/p02s01-ussc.html

On October 10, 2002 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "Muslims are taking root in America. Though small in number, they're growing fast and setting up enclaves in some of the largest cities. A study released today shows they're better educated and almost as well paid as the non-Hispanic white population. But if American Muslims are poised to...

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Justice Department Forum Dialogues with Seattle Minority Communities

October 10, 2002

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

On October 10, 2002 Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that "despite assurances that the federal government wants citizens to report acts of racial or religious discrimination in the aftermath of last year's terrorist attacks, some members of Seattle's minority communities remain unconvinced. A forum in South Seattle... held by the Justice Department..., attended by about 150 people, was the seventh held across the nation by the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America....

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Milton, MA Schools to Implement Diversity Policy

October 9, 2002

Source: The Patriot Ledger

On October 9, 2002 The Patriot Ledger reported that "Milton Schools Superintendent Mary Grassa O'Neill told the school committee last night that the district is making progress in implementing the diversity policy adopted last year. The school committee adopted the policy at the urging of Citizens for a Diverse Milton, a local grassroots organization, last November. Grassa O'Neill also presented  a newly crafted Milton Public Schools Recruitment and Hiring Handbook last night. The document includes strategies for finding...

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Diana Eck Speaks about Efforts to Maintain Interfaith Friendship

October 9, 2002

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2002-10-09-peace-personal_x.htm

On October 9, 2002 USA Today reported that "the attorneys general for California, Nebraska and Texas report surges in hate crimes in the past year, largely a result of a post-Sept. 11 backlash against Muslims and Arabs... 'There is no doubt that tension and longstanding turbulence in other parts of the world transfer into relations in the United States,' says Diana Eck...

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Reactions to Falwell's Statement "Mohammed was a Terrorist"

October 8, 2002

Source: The Nation

On October 8, 2002 the Nation reported that "The conservative Baptist minister (Jerry Falwell) tells correspondent Bob Simon that he has concluded from reading Muslim and non-Muslim writers that Islam's prophet 'was a- violent man, a man of war... I've said often and many places that most Muslims are people of peace and want peace and tranquility for their families and abhor terrorism... Islam, like most faiths, has a fringe of radicals who carry on bloodshed wherever they are. They do not represent Islam'... In response to Falwell's...

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Muslim Woman Found Dead in Burned Remains of Home

October 8, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.sltrib.com/10082002/nation_w/5151.htm

On October 8, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "an autopsy revealed that the Muslim woman found dead in the burned out remains of her home had been killed before the fire was set, police said Monday. The death of 37-year-old Angie Abdullah was a homicide, but no evidence was found to suggest the woman was a victim of a hate crime, police Lt. Rich Schnebly said. Police found no evidence of...

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Calls for Idaho Law Enforcement to Increase Protection of State's Muslim Community

October 7, 2002

Source: The Idaho Statesman

http://www.idahostatesman.com/story.asp?ID=22290

On October 7, 2002 The Idaho Statesman reported that "a national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group is calling on Idaho law enforcement officials to step up protection of that state’s Muslim community following an incident in which a Muslim woman died in a fire that may be bias-related. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), says the weekend fire maybe the second time in a...

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Stories of Young Women's Conversions

October 7, 2002

Source: The St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2002/10/07/Floridian/Young__female_and_Mus.shtml

On October 7, 2002 The St. Petersburg Times reported that "every year, about 20,000 people in the United States convert to Islam, in addition to those who convert in prison, according to a study conducted last year by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Of these converts, there are more women than men, the majority of them young and...

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