Islam

Mall of America Opens Interfaith Meditation and Prayer Room for Employees

June 21, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On June 21, 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported the opening of the Mall of America's "new meditation room. Opened in late February, the 400-square-foot space is designed for use by employees of any faith, or those just wanting a quiet place... The Mall Area Religious Council [in Minnesota] advised management in setting up the sparsely furnished room for multifaith use. The space includes two foot-washing stalls, shelves for shoes and prayer rugs, and a painted compass on one wall, which assist Muslims in their...

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School Guard's Friday Prayer Accommodated

June 18, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/3492166.htm

On June 18, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "a Muslim security officer at Olney High School accused the Philadelphia School District yesterday of violating his civil rights by refusing to let him leave campus each Friday afternoon to pray at a mosque... Milton McGriff, a school district spokesman, said officials were...

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Boston Suburb Hosts Local Forum on Discrimination Against Arab-Americans

June 16, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On June 16, 2002 The Boston Globe reported on the upcoming forum "After 9/11: Freedom and Tolerance in the US and Watertown," in Watertown, MA. The event "is sponsored by the Justice with Peace Task Force of Watertown Citizens for Environmental Safety and The World in Watertown... The idea for the forum came from a woman of Russian descent, Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin, who heard... stories from her Arab-American friends who were having problems... Two guest speakers will address civil liberties issues and fighting...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 16, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On June 16, 2002, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "some of the many Baptists affiliated with other conventions and associations - as well as some Southern Baptists at the grass-roots level - worry about the image" Jerry Vines presented in his hateful remarks about Islam and its founder at the Southern Baptist Convention. "Vines and other top leaders of the Southern Baptists, the largest Protestant denomination in the country, aren't necessarily representative of all the churchgoers at the grass-roots level......

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National Interfaith Alliance Expands Membership and Programs

June 15, 2002

Source: New York Daily News

On June 15, 2002 the New York Daily News featured an article on "the Interfaith Alliance, with headquarters in Washington, [which] claims 150,000 members who represent 69 faiths, ranging (alphabetically) from African Methodist Episcopal to Zoroastrian, a religion dating to ancient Persia. Members represent themselves, not their denominations... [and membership] grew by 20,000 last year alone... The alliance was founded in 1994 to counter the political activities of the religious right... The Interfaith Alliance plans to...

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"Muslim Girls' Sports Camp" in California

June 15, 2002

Source: Azizah

http://www.mwlusa.org/

On June 15, 2002 Azizah reported that "two weeks every summer, for the past four years, Muslim girls between the ages of seven and 16 have come together to participate in... the Muslim Girls' Sports Camp... in Pasadena, [CA]. Established by the Muslim Women's League, the girls' sports camp is the only one of its kind in the country and offers Muslim girls a chance to learn the skills of various sports."

Muslim Summer Youth Camps

June 15, 2002

Source: Azizah

On June 15, 2002 Azizah reported that "for many Muslim Americans, summer camps are also a seasonal tradition. While some parents may enroll their children in camps with a focus on outdoor activities, a particular sport or art and crafts, an increasing number of parents are seeking out summer camps operated by and for Muslims. Endeavoring to instill Islamic attitudes and values in their children, many parents see these summer camps as non-threatening, fun-filled environments in which to accomplish their objectives."

Mosque Grand Opening Attracts Area Leaders in Utah

June 15, 2002

Source: The Deseret News

On June 15, 2002 The Deseret News reported on "the grand opening of the newly expanded Khadeeja Masjid in West Valley City, [Utah]. The expansion of the mosque triples its size and adds a copper-colored dome... Gov. Michael Leavitt, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, University of Utah President Bernie Machen and Elder Cree-L Kofford ... of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are among those scheduled to attend the grand opening. The public is also invited... [Area] Muslims now number somewhere between 15,000 and 20,...

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