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Houston Muslims Mourn 9/11 Deaths and Emphasize Unity in Diversity

September 7, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On September 7, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "leaders of Houston's Muslim community gathered Friday to express sorrow for the thousands who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, thanks for Americans who remained opened-minded about Islam and caution against an erosion of freedom in the fight against terrorism. 'We must be vigilant against those who would strip us of our civil rights and who would gradually lead us down the path toward totalitarianism,' said Sayeed Siddiqui, president of the Islamic Society...

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Reports on Anti-Muslim Violence

September 6, 2002

Source: Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-911muslims090502.story?coll=sfla%2Dnews%2Dsfla

On September 6, 2002 the Sun-Sentinel reported that "Since Sept. 11, harassment of Muslims and Arabs has contributed to an increase in reported hate crimes in Florida and spawned the addition of new categories for workplace discrimination. In the past year, the Council on American-Islamic Relations...

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Philadelphia FBI Office Accepts Civil Liberty Criticisms

September 6, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/4012227.htm

On September 6, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "criticisms of law enforcement officials unfairly targeting Muslims and Arab Americans after the Sept. 11 attacks are valid, the head of the FBI's Philadelphia office said yesterday. The FBI and other agencies on guard against terrorism have been under attack by numerous civil-liberties and ethnic groups regarding their treatment of...

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California Hindu Man Allegedly Insults and Attacks Muslim Girl

September 6, 2002

Source: San Jose Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/4015294.htm

On September 6, 2002 the San Jose Mercury News reported that "prosecutors charged an East Palo Alto man Thursday with assault with the intent to rape a 15-year-old girl... but they did not charge him with a hate crime... Palo Alto police reported that the suspect, 18-year-old Sanjay Nair, who is Hindu, made comments...

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Interfaith Understanding Goal of Many 9/11 Memorial Events

September 6, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On September 6, 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that on September 11, 2002, "bells will toll, prayers will be uttered and the names of some of the more than 3,000 killed will be recited at houses of worship and interfaith community gatherings across the country. It will be a time for those across and beyond the religious realm to remember, each in his or her own way... A number of religious groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the National Council of Churches, have laid out very...

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California Hindu Man Allegedly Insults and Attacks Muslim Girl

September 5, 2002

Source: San Jose Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/4006790.htm

On September 5, 2002, the San Jose Mercury News reported that "Palo Alto police arrested Sanjay Nair, 18, of East Palo Alto, for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl.. The incident has been labeled a hate crime because of comments police say that Nair, who is Hindu, made before and during the alleged rape... Nearly a dozen organizations...

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CAIR's Report on American Muslims' Stance Against Terrorism

September 5, 2002

Source: The Council on American Islamic Relations

On September 5, 2002 The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released a report which "indicates that American Muslims took a strong stand against terrorism in the year since the 9/11 attacks. [C]alled "American Muslims: One Year After 9/11," [the report] outlines condemnations of the attacks by national Muslim leaders, Islamic scholars and local religious institutions."

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Attacker of Florida Mosque Charged with Hate Crime Violation

September 4, 2002

Source: Tallahassee Democrat

http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/local/3996277.htm

On September 4, 2002 the Tallahassee Democrat reported that "the man charged with ramming his pickup truck into the front of a local mosque in March will remain in federal custody, a federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday. Charles Franklin, 41, was ordered held pending trial set for the week of Oct. 15, records show. He has pleaded not guilty. The U.S. Attorney's...

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Florida Mosque Vandalized

September 4, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On September 4, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "an east Orange County [Florida] mosque was vandalized when the word "terrorists" was written in red marker on the front door. The word was misspelled, but sheriff's office spokesman Jim Solomons said details are being withheld."

School Guard's Friday Prayer Accommodated

September 4, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/3998466.htm

On September 4, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "Philadelphia school officials will let a Muslim security guard at Olney High School leave campus briefly on Fridays to pray at a local mosque, ending a dispute that flared at one of the city's most diverse schools. Last week, after meetings between Mattox and the district's chief safety executive, both sides...

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Living the Tenets of Compassion and Forgiveness

September 4, 2002

Source: Colorsnw

http://www.colorsnw.com/cover_story.shtml

On September 4, 2002 Colorsnw reported that "Seattle's Issa Qandeel, [has been extraordinary] in the face of assault. Patrick Cunningham, a White Snohomish man, tried to shoot him last year after being discovered dousing two cars with gasoline outside Northgate's Idriss Mosque... Talking nearly a year after the incident, Issa says, 'I wanted to meet the guy to tell him about my background. (Tell him about) who I am.' Issa...

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Photo Exhibit: Freedom and Fear: Bay Area Muslims after September 11, 2001

September 3, 2002

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/3991558.htm

On September 3, 2002 Mercury News reported on "a month-long photo exhibit that opened Sunday at San Francisco [California] City Hall, called 'Freedom and Fear: Bay Area Muslims after September 11, 2001,' [photographed by documentary photographer Rick Rocamora, a Roman Catholic-raised Filipino immigrant]. The exhibit captures Ashan Syed of the Muslim Community Association in San...

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Many American Muslims Still Targeted and Fearful

September 3, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=49897

On September 3, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a year later [in Portland, Oregon], people who once felt harassed are now more relaxed - in part because neighbors, colleagues, and often total strangers reached out to assure them. But they say the initial fear of bodily harm has turned into a dull uneasiness, causing them to worry about their future in the United States, and in some cases strive to...

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A Call for Accountability

September 3, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On September 3, 2002 The New York Times printed an editorial by Mona Eltahawy that stated, "Muslims across the United States have... visited schools, churches and synagogues to explain how different is the faith they hold dear from the hate-filled zealotry that took control of those planes... But if Muslims are continually called upon to apologize, a defensiveness will set in that will distract from the questions we need to ask to move beyond Sept. 11 and reclaim the stage from the maniacs who want to take over the mosques....

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