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American Muslims Plan 'National Day of Unity and Peace' for September 11

July 23, 2002

Source: American Muslim Political Coordination Council

On July 23, 2002 American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC) issued a press release stating that the "council today announced a 'National Day of Unity and Prayer' designed to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon... The AMPCC, made up of the nation's four most prominent Muslim political advocacy groups, called on all faith communities to participate in the national observance by opening houses of worship on September...

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Anti-Muslim Graffiti Found After FBI Search

July 23, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47184-2002Jul22.html

On July 23, 2002, The Washington Post reported that "representatives of two Muslim advocacy groups charged today that law enforcement agents who last week searched the home of a man being investigated for connections to terrorism left behind a handwritten epithet on a Muslim prayer calendar in his home... 'This defeats the purpose of the mission of law...

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South Florida Jews and Muslims Unite at Festival For Peace

July 22, 2002

Source: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-sjam22jul22.story

On July 22, 2002 The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that members of the Jewish congregation of Temple Adath Or in Southern Florida "participated in Muslim prayer for the first time during Festival For Peace at the Darul Uloom Islamic Institute in Pembroke Pines, [Florida]... More than 200 adults and...

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Muslim Activist takes Shelter with Orthodox Rabbi

July 22, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On July 22, 2002 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured an editorial by  Khaled Abou El Fadl who teaches law at the University of California-Los Angeles.  "In the pain-filled atmosphere after Sept. 11, I was one of the Muslims who took a public and critical stand regarding the way my co-religionists and our government were handling the crisis... As a result, I started to receive death threats from Muslim and non-Muslim fanatics alike...    A friend of mine, an Orthodox rabbi, urged my family and me to stay with him,...

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Anti-Muslim Graffiti Found After FBI Search

July 22, 2002

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On July 22, 2002 the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued a press release reporting that "relatives of a Dearborn, Mich., Muslim arrested last week... say they found anti-Islamic graffiti scrawled in the man's house following a search by the FBI and Secret Service... Relatives... found the words 'Islam is Evil' and 'Christ is King' written on a Muslim prayer calendar attached to the man's refrigerator... It was after being handcuffed, questioned and fingerprinted that family members say they...

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North Carolina Group: Americans and Muslims for Intercultural Dialogue

July 20, 2002

Source: The Herald-Sun

http://www.muslimdialog.org/

On July 20, 2002 The Herald-Sun featured an article on the Durham, North Carolina organization Americans and Muslims for Intercultural Dialogue. The groups goal is "to promote religious tolerance and knowledge of Islam... Their objective is twofold: to combat what they see as a rising tide of intolerance of Islam in the United States, and to counter-balance what they call increasing fundamentalism within some Muslim groups here and...

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Houston Suburb Faces Plans for Exclusive Christian Memorial on September 11

July 19, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On July 19, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "an effort by evangelical Christians to commemorate the tragedy of 9/11 in The Woodlands has split the religious community and led to accusations of intolerance in this suburban area north of Houston, [Texas]... Critics of the memorial service on the anniversary date accuse its organizers of implicitly stigmatizing the Muslim community... and of monopolizing the logical venue for a commemoration that would embrace all faiths... Rabbi James Brandt of the Congregation...

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Latino Muslims Receive More Attention and Support

July 17, 2002

Source: Islamic Horizons

On July 17, 2002, Islamic Horizons magazine featured the article "Latino Muslims: The Changing Face of Islam in America." The article observes that in America, "the Muslim community is becoming even more diverse... In recent years the number of Latino reverts [or converts] has increased significantly... Estimated reports claim that 40,000 Latino Muslims live in the U.S."

New Figures Show Rise in Citizenship Applications but Fewer Naturalized

July 17, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On July 17, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "when immigration and civil rights attorney Saad Ahmad goes to pray at his Santa Clara [California] mosque these days, he is approached by fellow worshipers seeking advice about becoming U.S. citizens... Since Sept. 11, he has counseled non-naturalized residents to get citizenship... And across the nation record numbers of immigrants have applied, not only out of fear of a backlash but because they felt a rise in patriotism after the terrorist attacks... New...

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New Somali Community in Lewiston, Maine Turns Old Store into Mosque

July 16, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On July 16, 2002 The Boston Globe featured an article on the new Somali immigrant community in the small town of Lewiston, Maine. A "converted storefront is the mosque for Lewiston's 1,200 Somali immigrants, part of a growing wave of African Muslims who have moved to this old mill city in a sudden, swift migration that has no current parallel in the United States... Lewiston is [now] known worldwide among the Somali diaspora as a welcoming, affordable place to settle and raise a family... Still, in a state that prides itself on...

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Tampa Tribune's Coverage of Muslim Issues Elicits Protest

July 15, 2002

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://www.usforacle.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2002/07/15/3d32b51666cf9?in _archive=1

On July 15, 2002 The Tampa Tribune reported on the "approximately 80 protesters demonstrating against The Tampa Tribune’s coverage of Muslim issues." The protesters claimed that "the coverage of Muslim issues in The Tampa Tribune... is biased and often a thinly...

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Opening Prayers at Ohio Governmental Meetings Increase in Diversity

July 14, 2002

Source: Dayton Daily News

On July 14, 2002 Dayton Daily News reported that "prayers from... a variety of Christian denominations routinely open governmental meetings in the Miami Valley [in Ohio]... [But] a Xenia councilwoman is inviting Muslims, Hindus and representatives from other faiths to do the same... 'This is America' Patricia Felton said. 'We need to make that opportunity available to anyone who wants to speak'... Likewise in Columbus, the majority of those who lead the prayers for state legislators are Christians, but in recent years several...

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Growing Muslim Community in Louisiana

July 14, 2002

Source: The Times-Picayune

On July 14, 2002 The Times-Picayune featured an article on the Muslim community of St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana. "Since 1985, Masjid Yaseen, the mosque maintained by the Islamic Association of Arabi... has served as a place of worship for a growing community of Muslims... Unlike New Orleans, where a large number of the Muslims are Arabs, the majority of Muslims in St. Bernard Parish are from India or Pakistan. About 60 percent are Indian, 20 percent Pakistani, 10 percent Arab and 10 percent American converts. Many...

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