Islam

Looking for Heros in Texas

September 11, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On September 11, 2002 The Houston Chronicle printed an editorial which stated, "my heroes have become those who make meaningful public effort toward dialogue, who find strength and vitality in variations, who do not live by fear. And there seem to be more of these people visible in Texas this year, because we are desperate for them. Consider the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio. Lebanese dancers annually aligned with German polka bands. Why did it suddenly give us goose bumps, after 30 years of celebrations? Consider...

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Muslims and Discrimination

September 11, 2002

Source: The Daily Telegraph

On September 11, 2002 The Daily Telegraph reported that "when it comes to everyday life, the state - from police to teachers and airport security guards - has often bent over backwards to avoid discrimination against Muslims. In fact, many conservative commentators have accused the authorities of excessive tact. Where there have been acts of clear discrimination, they have often been driven by the fears of private individuals. A number of foreign-looking passengers have been thrown off US flights since September 11 after...

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Building Understanding in Pittsburgh

September 11, 2002

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On September 11, 2002 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on "Farooq Hussaini's... devotion to building understanding between Christians, Jews and Muslims. 'Before Sept. 11, it was this beauty that I was discussing. After Sept. 11 ... I am faced with a situation where people think I follow an ugly religion,' said Hussaini, the volunteer director of interfaith relations for the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh. 'Farooq has been heroic," said Rabbi James Gibson of Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill, who considers Hussaini a close...

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Muslims Bear Multiple Burdens

September 11, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 11, 2002 The Boston Globe printed an editorial which stated, "[American Muslims] have had to bear multiple burdens. They suffered human losses and will again. They suffered from growing suspicion about "sleeper cells" in their midst. They suffered government raids on their homes and their educational and charitable institutions. There were secret detentions, profiling, and secret evidence used against many of them; devices that stretched our constitutional limits to accommodate urgent security concerns. So let us...

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A Muslim American Reflects

September 10, 2002

Source: Sunspot.net

On September 10, 2002 Sunspot.net printed an editorial which stated, "I am an American. I was growing up in Chicago while the Huxtable children were growing up, at the same time, on my television. I have seen my beloved Boston Celtics play their final game in the original Boston Garden and have dreamed of playing wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills. I have interned for two U.S. senators, one of whom now serves as this country's attorney general. As I finish my final year of law school at one of this country's finest institutions, I...

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On Being an American Muslim

September 10, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On September 10, 2002 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch printed an editorial which stated, "American Muslims pledge religious allegiance to Islam and national allegiance to America. We are contributing members of this society and, thus, are entitled to every inalienable right and freedom that all Americans cherish. Like all Americans, we have the freedom to speak our minds, the right to be tried by a jury of our peers, the entitlement to practice our religion freely and the privilege to dissent against the government when we...

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National Library Project to Provide Information about Islam

September 10, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 10, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that "using a successful Southern California program as a model, an Islamic advocacy group launched a campaign [Library Project] Monday to combat myths and misinformation about Muslims that many believe have become more prevalent since Sept. 11. The national campaign, in which the public can purchase a package of 18 books and videotapes for donation to a local library, is a response to attacks against the Muslim religion and a...

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Christian-Muslim Interfaith Service in Georgia

September 10, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 10, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "with the one-year anniversary of Sept. 11 coming up Wednesday, the two groups [Fayette's Muslim community and Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Fayetteville] wanted people to come together instead of allowing perceptions to keep them apart. 'The demographics are changing, and we're an example of that,' said Soumaya Khalifa, head of the Islamic Speakers Bureau and one of the service's organizers. 'It's the changing face of America, but...

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Reports on Anti-Muslim Violence

September 10, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On September 10, 2002 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel printed an editorial which stated, "in late August, police arrested a Florida podiatrist who had in his possession 20 homemade bombs and two anti-armor rockets (among other weapons) and a list of 50 Muslim places of worship. Since Sept. 11, more than 1,700 anti-Muslim incidents have been documented by the Council on American Islamic Relations. Since many of them go unreported, the actual number is likely much higher. In a recent poll, CAIR found that 57% of American...

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Lawsuit Alleging Mistreatment in Prison

September 10, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=16935

On September 10, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "according to a lawsuit filed on his behalf... an Egyptian national who was detained after the Sept. 11 attacks was prevented from practicing his Muslim faith, denied access to a lawyer for two weeks and given repeated body cavity searches while in a federal prison in Louisiana. Prison officials also...

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Anti-Muslim Backlash Fading but Discrimination Ever Present

September 10, 2002

Source: The Arizona Republic

On September 10, 2002 The Arizona Republic reported that "the attacks sparked a wave of genuine patriotism not seen since World War II. But like the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Sept. 11 attacks also sent a powerful tremor through society's cultural fault lines, unleashing a backlash against Muslims, Arabs and Middle Eastern-looking people reminiscent of the intolerance directed at Japanese-Americans six decades earlier. 'The number of serious incidents has gone down dramatically,' said Hodan Hassan, a...

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Heroic Sikh Doctor Recalls Post-9/11 Backlash

September 10, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On September 10, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "speaking at a senior citizen center Monday, [Dr. Navinderdeep Singh] Nijher... one of the first physicians to arrive at the burning remains of the twin towers... recalled the backlash of hate he and other Sikhs faced from fellow Americans in the wake of the attacks... When he walked into the drugstore to get film developed from Ground Zero, the store clerk mistook him for a Muslim. 'When I presented the pictures to the drugstore clerk, I asked him how much it would...

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Long Island's Muslim Community Reaches Out

September 9, 2002

Source: Newsday

On September 9, 2002 Newsday reported that "amid the carnage of last year's terror attacks, many American Muslims have found themselves both victims and on the defense, struggling to explain the essence of Islam to a hurt and bewildered public. As the nation prepares to observe the first anniversary, more than 100 members of Long Island's Muslim community gathered at the Islamic Center in Westbury [New York] yesterday to express their continued outrage and soothe their own pain."

Internal Dispute within American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

September 9, 2002

Source: Pacific News Service

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html

On September 9, 2002 the Pacific News Service reported that "a dispute within the ranks of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) has raised tensions in the Arab American community at a particularly sensitive time, reports Arab-American Business magazine... Since Sept. 11, the ADC -- the largest nationwide Arab organization -- has taken the lead in protesting unfair targeting and...

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9/11 Memorials and Interfaith Services in Southern California

September 9, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 9, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that "hundreds [of 9/11 memorials] will be held in places of worship and in public places across Southern California in the next few days to mark the Sept. 11 anniversary. The largest inter-religious gathering in Orange County will be A Prayer Service for Peace at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Columban Church in Garden Grove. Jewish, Islamic and Buddhist leaders will join bishops and other local heads of major Christian denominations for an interfaith service.

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