Islam

Update: Hindus, Muslims, and Vegetarians Sue McDonald's over Use of Beef Flavoring in Fries

August 3, 2002

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On August 3, 2002 The Dallas Morning News reported that Muslims suing McDonald's for their use of non-halal beef flavoring on their french fries opted out of the settlement negotiated by other angry groups including Hindus. "About 2,000 Muslims let the court know they would opt out of the settlement... Formal meetings between the two sides" will continue.

American Muslims Boycott New York Post

August 2, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On August 2, 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "hundreds of Muslim and Arab-American vendors in New York are boycotting the New York Post, accusing Rupert Murdoch's tabloid of bias against Muslims...    Posters urged people to stop buying, selling or even reading the Post, in light of the 'increasing level of hatred' in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attack on the United States by Arab hijackers."

National Council of Churches Joins Muslim Groups in Call for Interfaith Memorials

August 2, 2002

Source: The Patriot News

On August 2, 2002 The Patriot News reported that "both the National Council of Churches and a coalition of American Muslim groups are calling for interfaith observances on Sept. 11... The council of churches, representing primarily mainline Protestant and Orthodox denominations, urged [its members] to 'commemorate the tragic terrorist events of last fall in a constructive way that would broaden interfaith understanding, and to return the hospitality many mosques offered Christians after last fall's attacks.'"

Palm Beach County to Prosecute Hate Crime Suspect

July 30, 2002

Source: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

On July 30, 2002 The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that "a sign at the proposed site for an Islamic center in Boca Raton [Florida] has been vandalized for the third time in about four months... Passers-by called police... about a burning sign at the future site of the Assalam Center... Investigators found that several holes had been punched in the sign, which had been doused in a substance that smelled like gasoline... The center will provide classes and prayer facilities for Muslims... Approval for the center's...

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Utah Motel Owner Who Cried "Hate Crime" Now Charged with Arson

July 29, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On July 29, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that in Heber City, Utah "someone deliberately set fire to the motel owned by" Mazhar Tabesh, a Muslim immigrant from Pakistan. His "family escaped without injury but... the fire destroyed nine rooms in the motel, including those directly above where Tabesh and his wife live. Damage was estimated at $100,000...�Tabesh, a U.S. citizen, said he has received telephone threats for about a year from an anonymous person who warned, 'You don't belong here, get out'... Authorities are...

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California City Brings Together Leaders of Diverse Faiths to Dedicate National Motto

July 29, 2002

Source: The Bakersfield Californian

http://www.bakersfield.com/local/story/1505644p-1623213c.html

On July 29, 2002 The Bakersfield Californian reported that in Bakersfield, California "a ceremony in the council chambers will formally dedicate... 'In God We Trust'... the words that were mounted last week above the city seal behind the council dais... And representatives of the city's Islamic, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish, American Indian, Catholic and...

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Muslim and Jewish Children Share Salaam-Shalom Circus in St. Louis

July 29, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On July 29, 2002, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that 17 children from Circus Salaam Shalom, an Muslim-Jewish interfaith troupe, performed their first public show "before a boisterous crowd of about 100 at the City Museum... Circus Salaam Shalom translates as peace in Arabic and Hebrew, respectively, and works from the concept that it's easier to understand someone once you've stood on their shoulders, leaped through their arms or dangled from their body... In May, the children performed privately at their respective...

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American Hindus Protest Sadhvi Ritambara's Appearance in Queens

July 27, 2002

Source: Rediff.com

http://www.rediff.com/us/2002/jul/27us.htm

On July 27, 2002, Rediff.com reported that when Sadhvi Rithambara, a former prominent Hindu politician in India, spoke at reception, in Queens, New York, "40-odd angry demonstrators protested her presence with placards accusing her of communal bloodshed... Watching the demonstrators was a visibly shaken Uma Mysorekar, president of the Hindu Temple Society... ' The temple did not know she was going to speak. They just...

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Anti-Muslim Graffiti Found After FBI Search

July 26, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

}| ?26, 2002, The Washington Post reported that "a U.S. Secret Service agent on a Detroit anti-terror task force has been suspended after he admitted scrawling an anti-Islamic epithet on a Muslim prayer calendar during a search of a suspect's home last week, authorities said yesterday... U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Collins in Detroit said the agent could face criminal charges, including civil rights violations and exceeding authority during the execution of a search warrant... Hodan Hassan, spokeswoman for the Council on...

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Muslim Woman Denied Request to Wear Hijab in Court

July 25, 2002

Source: The Plain Dealer

On July 25, 2002, The Plain Dealer reported that in response to an Ohio county's refusal to allow a female prisoner to wear her hijab, "a prison-issue navy hijab will now be provided to any female inmate who requests one, jail director Kenneth Kochevar said...    'Since we allow head coverings for male inmates, it only seemed right to do the same for the women,' Kochevar said... The new policy was devised after Kochevar consulted with jails in Chicago, Cincinnati and Columbus. The head coverings will be about the size of...

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Controversy over Required Reading on Islam at University of North Carolina

July 23, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=16580

On July 23, 2002, The Associated Press reported that "three students and a conservative Christian organization have filed a lawsuit against the University of North Carolina, saying the required reading of a book about Islam is unconstitutional... The suit... says the university is infringing on students' First Amendment right to religious freedom by...

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