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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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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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