New Study Claims Roughly 3.5 Million Muslims in the U.S.

October 12, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 12, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that "there are as many as 3.5 million Muslims in the United States, according to the latest estimate from a Muslim researcher. That's fewer than other efforts to count the population have found. Mohamed Nimer of the Council on American-Islamic Relations presents his figure in The North American Muslim Resource Guide, the first comprehensive listing and analysis of all types of Muslim organizations in the United States and Canada."

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

October 12, 2002

Source: The Record

On October 12, 2002 The Record reported that "the mayor of Lewiston, Maine, on Friday backed away from his earlier statement that a recent, dramatic influx of more than 1,000 Somali refugees was creating an overwhelming financial burden in his city of 36,000. Following a meeting with elders from the Somali community, Mayor Larry Raymond vowed to work to reduce tensions with the hundreds of mostly Muslim families who have migrated to Maine's second-largest city."

Cordial Interfaith Session: Free of Politics

October 12, 2002

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On October 12, 2002 St. Petersburg Times reported that "a cordial interfaith session [was] organized by the [B'nai Israel of St. Petersburg] synagogue's adult studies program. The occasion was studiously free of politics, steering clear of Israel, the Palestinians and other contentious issues. Barry Augenbraun, a member of Congregation B'nai Israel and an active member of the Jewish community, said he was not disappointed that Israel was not discussed."

Portland Man Allegedly Supporting Al-Qaida Reveals Planned Attack on American Jews

October 12, 2002

Source: Associated Press

On October 12, 2002 the Associated Press reported on the case of October Lewis and her ex-husband Jeffrey Leon Battle. "Both have been charged with conspiring to wage war against the United States...    Battle also told an FBI informant he wanted to shoot Jews in America, a federal prosecutor alleged at a detention hearing Friday before Judge Ancer Haggerty, who ordered Lewis held in jail until her trial... Battle, Lewis and four others were indicted in Portland last week on charges of conspiring to wage war against U.S. forces in...

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

October 12, 2002

Source: Capital Times

On October 12, 2002 Capital Times reported that "more than 60 Madison [WI] Muslims held a protest march Friday to counter what they said were bigoted comments by the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who in a TV interview last described the prophet Mohammed as a terrorist. As the group walked up State Street, they sang prayers and some discussed the charged atmosphere in which they were delivering their message of understanding and awareness. Congressional passage of a resolution authorizing President Bush to use force against Iraq created...

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Debate about Organ Donations

October 12, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 12, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that "the questions of when death begins and when donated organs may be used have raised a thicket of moral issues... The Catholic Church and Islamic groups see such acts as charity. Among Jews, a debate rages. Rabbis from opposing camps continue to vociferously debate when death begins-- at the cessation of neurological functions, known as brain death, or when the heart and respiratory systems fail. The definition is key to organ donations, because doctors using heart-lung...

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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

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

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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