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American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Convention Focuses on Civil Rights

June 9, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On June 9, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "the small pamphlets filled with the large words of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights were grabbed up at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination convention in Arlington this weekend as quickly as the complaint forms for airline profiling of Muslims... Talk... focused on the Justice Department's plans to fingerprint and photograph more than 100,000 visa holders who pose national security concerns... About 3,000 Arab Americans attended the largest gathering to date of...

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Indian and Pakistani Immigrants Live Together Peacefully in America

June 8, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On June 8, 2002, the Star Tribune reported that "at a time when India and Pakistan are again on the verge of war, immigrants from those countries have found in Minnesota a home where friendship can supplant hatred... Which isn't to say that issues of religion and nationalism don't sometimes intervene. But the unifying threads of language, food, music and culture often transcend those issues... Indians and Pakistanis began making the Twin Cities home after 1965, when immigration laws were relaxed... The most recent influx has...

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Columbus (GA) Interfaith Group to Build Habitat for Humanity House

June 8, 2002

Source: The Columbus Ledger-Inquirer

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/living/3423442.htm

On June 8, 2002 the reported "Faiths gather over dinner: Religious groups raising money for Habitat project." The article described an interfaith discussion group of Muslims, Christians, and Jews created after September 11. "The goal was simply to become more knowledgeable about one another's faith. ... Now, the three faith communities are planning...

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Editorial Praises Rabbi's Suggestion for Ground Zero that Focuses on Religious Freedom

June 8, 2002

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On June 8, 2002 the Omaha World-Herald featured an editorial that supports "an American rabbi, Daniel S. Brenner's... fascinating suggestion for what should be done with the World Trade Center site... Build a mosque there, he says. And put in a synagogue and a church as well. Or erect an inter-religious center where believers of diverse backgrounds can come together to discuss and honor their different gods in an atmosphere of mutual respect... The point, he says, is to show the world that America's religious...

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Muslims Join Christians and Jews for Interfaith Service Project

June 8, 2002

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/sitearchives/2002/6/8/news/faith00608cci3.shtm

On June 8, 2002 The Orange County Register reported that "Muslims in Orange County [California] have been busy trying to reshape the image of Islam among non-Muslims, taking their messages of neighborliness to freeway billboards, putting books and videos on Islam on library shelves...

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At Harvard, Controversy Over "American Jihad" Speech

June 7, 2002

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/frameset.asp?pageLoc=/story/107/story_10725_1.html

On June 7, 2002, Beliefnet featured the full text of Zayed Yasin's commencement speech, "Of Faith and Citizenship: My American Jihad." Yasin's speech explained, "Jihad, in its truest and purest form, the form to which all Muslims aspire, is the determination to do right, to do justice even against your own interests. It is an individual struggle for...

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Muslim Student Association at Texas High School Continues to Educate Peers about Diversity

June 6, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 6, 2002 The Houston Chronicle featured an article on the Muslim Student Association at Westfield High School in Texas. When the group "formed three years ago at Westfield High School, it was a low-profile organization with a purpose of informing people about the Islamic faith... After the attacks on the World Trade Center last fall and the radical attempts to attach Islam to the terrorist acts, the group took on a larger role, although its mission remained the same... Months after the attacks, the association...

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Kansas City Religious Communities Pray for Peace

June 6, 2002

Source: The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=4361405&BRD=1425&PAG=461&dept_id=154733&rfi=6

On June 6, 2002 The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle featured an article on an interfaith prayer gathering in Kansas City, Missouri, in remembrance of September 11. "The event will end with prayers for peace by selected individuals representing the Christian, Muslim,...

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Muslim-Americans in Texas Organize their Political Voice

June 4, 2002

Source: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/local/3395537.htm

On June 4, 2002 The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that "the small gains in Muslim civic participation made during the summer of 2000 were all but erased by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Now, Muslims are trying to exercise their rights as Americans in an atmosphere of fear and confusion... [...

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In St. Louis, Law Enforcement Officials Answer Questions about Civil Liberties of American Muslims

June 3, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On June 3, 2002 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "officials who came to a mosque in St. Louis County [Missouri] on Sunday expecting to answer questions about hate crimes against Muslims instead found a congregation worried about how new federal anti-terrorism guidelines would affect them... The Daar-ul-Islam Mosque in west St. Louis County had invited officials from federal, state and county law enforcement and homeland security agencies to answer questions about how to deal with members' concerns about hate...

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Muslim Student Associations Grow at Washington, DC Area High Schools

June 2, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On June 2, 2002 The Washington Post featured an article on Muslim Student Associations at area high schools. The article included a report of recent activities of the MSA at Broad Run High School in Maryland whose members are part of a "growing group of committed Muslim students in Loudoun County schools."

Indian and Pakistani Immigrants Live Together Peacefully in America

June 1, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On June 1, 2002 The New York Times featured the article "The Distant Drums of War; In Queens, Indians and Pakistanis Live in Harmony" about the immigrant South Asian community in Queens, NY. "More than 200,000 Pakistani and Indian immigrants live in New York City, according to the latest census figures. And if the everyday rhythm of life on 74th Street, in the commercial center of the city's growing South Asian population, tells the tale of coexistence, theirs is a peaceful one... [But] there is worry, if not division, on 74th...

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Tennessee Buddhists and Muslims Unite with Christian Groups to Fight State Lottery

June 1, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 1, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported Muslims and Buddhists are joining Southern Baptists and other Christians in a campaign to persuade Tennessee voters to reject a state lottery... 'There's probably not any other issue, except maybe Sept. 11, that would pull all these groups together,' said the Rev. Skip Armistead, a United Methodist pastor in Madison and a chairman of the Gambling Free Tennessee Alliance... The anti-lottery forces are led by the Southern Baptists and United Methodists, representing some 4,300...

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New Islamic Community Center Nears Opening in Central Ohio

May 31, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On May 31, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "an Islamic community center nearing completion in Hilliard [Ohio] has been designed to blend quietly into the neighborhood, without using minarets and other distinctive features of mosques in Muslim nations, its architect and developer said... Still, the Noor Center... incorporates religious features important to central Ohio's rapidly growing Muslim population, which has long felt a shortage of space for communal worship and cultural activities... The trustees emphasize...

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