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Hate Crime Statistics Soar in California

September 19, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On September 19, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "the number of hate crimes reported in California jumped 15.5 percent to a record high last year, fueled by anti-Arab sentiment after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Attorney General Bill Lockyer said Wednesday. 'Hate crimes based on religion declined or remained nearly steady in all categories except anti-Islamic hate-crimes, which soared,' Lockyer said as he released his report, 'Hate Crime in California 2001.' Arabs and Muslims bore the brunt of the...

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Update: Virginia Mosque Vandalized

September 19, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On September 19, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "local Muslim leaders said that weekend vandalism in which racial obscenities and swastikas were spray-painted on a wall of a new mosque in Sterling [Virginia] would not delay its opening in October. Adams Center leaders had increased security at the nearly completed mosque... around Sept. 11[2002]... [but] when nothing had happened by Friday, they relaxed security measures. On Sept. 11, 2001, vandals spray-painted violent messages on walls, carpets and doors of another...

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Muslims Protest Against Adult Film Sex Life of the Prophet Muhammad

September 18, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On September 18, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "about 100 Houston-area Muslims peacefully protested an adult cinema Wednesday, upset over a film advertised as Sex Life of the Prophet Muhammad in a weekly newspaper. Several of the protesters acknowledged they had not seen the film, citing religious beliefs that prevented them from entering the building. The theater's manager, who declined to give his name, said the owner contracted an exclusive run of the film. Some protesters agreed the theater had a right to...

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2000 Glenmary Research Center Survey of Religious Congregations in America

September 18, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On September 18, 2002, The New York Times reported on "the study, 'Religious Congregations and Membership: 2000'... Because the Census Bureau does not ask about religion, some scholars regard this study, first done in 1971, as the most comprehensive assessment available of the changes in American religious affiliation. The study is based on self-reporting by religious groups, a method that the study's authors acknowledge is imprecise because religious groups can inflate their numbers. The study was conducted by Glenmary...

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Ohio Area Muslim Establishments Vandalized

September 16, 2002

Source: The Plain Dealer

On September 16, 2002 The Plain Dealer reported that "someone pumped seven bullets into the front of an unoccupied [Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio] mosque early yesterday - including one that pierced a plate-glass window and went into a prayer hall. The president of the Islamic congregation that worships there said it could have been worse. 'A few hours earlier we had probably 10 people praying there before sunrise, and hundreds of people back at 10 a.m. for Sunday school, so someone could have been hurt badly,' said Ihsfan Ul Haque,...

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Missouri Muslims Commemorate and Comment on Backlash

September 16, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On September 16, 2002 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "about a hundred people... gathered Sunday at the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis... for an interfaith prayer service to honor the Sept. 11 victims and express religious solidarity against terrorism. While St. Louis-area Muslims say they have generally been treated well, several people who attended the service expressed dismay at what they say is a growing backlash against Islamic communities across the country. According to a USA Today-CNN-Gallup...

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New York Memorial Emphasizes Inclusiveness

September 15, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On September 15, 2002 The New York Times reported on "a memorial, given by the Upper Westchester Muslim Society... The moderator, Asser Tantawi, took the podium and called the Sept. 11 attacks 'an act of evil which happened a year ago that has absolutely nothing to do with our religion or faith.' Mr. Tantawi then used an example, not from the Koran, but from mainstream American life. 'How many of you remember 'Eight is Enough?' ' he asked. His reference was to the television series from the late 1970's, but his point was that...

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Muslim "Pedals for Peace" Ride

September 15, 2002

Source: Islamic Horizon

On September 15, 2002 Islamic Horizon reported that "Shakeel Syed, a 42-year-old Los Angeles resident, has announced that he will bike 4,000 miles (from Los Angeles to Boston) to bring peace to everyone everywhere. Syed, who will start his solo Pedals for Peace on march 1, 2003, hopes to finish his journey by June 30, 2003."

Muslims Reflect on Life in America

September 15, 2002

Source: Islamic Horizons

On September 15, 2002 the Islamic Horizons reported that the Islamic Society of North America's Islam in America conference "was held in Chicago on July 5-7... The three day conference brought together scholars, researchers, and community workers and leaders to focus on issues ranging from the spread of Islam in American prisons to how Muslims should communicate with non-Muslims... 'The strength of America is in its diversity, and this diversity includes the Islamic component which is part of the American mainstream now.' So...

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Update: Virginia Mosque Vandalized

September 14, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On September 14, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "vandals have sprayed anti-Arab graffiti on a Sterling [Virginia] mosque...

Yasir Syeed with The All Dulles Area Muslim Society ('Adams') said the center on Sugarland Road was attacked Friday night. The building is under construction and will be in use next month... Syeed said vandals sprayed obscenities and swastikas on the backside of the mosque. He said it's the second time they've been vandalized. The Muslim Society's temporary site of worship was attacked...

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Some Hate Crime Victims "Feel Forgotten"

September 14, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On September 14, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "at least a dozen murders are being investigated as hate crimes by [Texas] authorities. Families of those victims say they share the grief of the families of those who perished at the World Trade Center and Pentagon and who were aboard the jetliners that crashed that day. But amid the commemorations and observances of the first anniversary of Sept. 11, they feel forgotten. Representatives of the national charities say the issue is not so simple. The September 11th Fund...

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