Islam

Attacker of Florida Mosque Charged with Hate Crime Violation

March 27, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On March 27, 2002, The New York Times featured a newsbrief, "Attack on Mosque." The article noted that "A man who said he hated Muslims drove a truck into a Florida mosque just 30 minutes before evening prayers, the police said. No one was injured on Monday in the Islamic Center of Tallahassee at Florida State University. The driver, Charles Franklin, 41, was arrested later at a campus bar. Investigators said Mr. Franklin told the police that he tried to join the military to kill Muslims but was turned down."

Raids on Muslim Offices and Homes in Virginia; Muslim and Jewish Communities Respond

March 27, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On March 27, 2002, The New York Times reported, "Raids, Detentions and Lists Lead Muslims to Cry Persecution." The article noted, "Several hundred Muslims held an open meeting on Monday night in Sterling, Va., near Washington, to listen to complaints of people whose homes or businesses were among those raided. Many said they intended to press for Congressional hearings into police tactics and to organize rallies to call attention to abuses against Muslims since Sept. 11." The article continued, "'As Muslims we condemned the...

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Slaughterhouse in the Bronx Follows Halal Rituals

March 26, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On March 26, 2002, The New York Times featured an article on the Halal Musa Slaughterhouse in the South Bronx, NY. "Musa is one of several slaughter-on-demand butchers in the city, which can be found in the yellow pages under Live Poultry... Many of the customers are Muslim, and appreciate the fact that the slaughtering is carried out in accordance with Islamic dietary laws... The animals are slaughtered according to the rules of halal, which are similar to those that govern kosher slaughtering. Halal rules mandate that the...

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In Hartford, a Rabbi and an Imam Seek "Common Ground"

March 25, 2002

Source: The Hartford Courant

On March 25, 2002, The Hartford Courant featured the story "Leaders Bridge Religious Divide." The article described the visit of Rabbi Stephen Fuchs to the Muhammad Islamic Center of Hartford. The article noted, "He gave a passionate, yet informal half-hour sermon, standing before more than 70 people -- including two-dozen visitors from his own ministry, Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford. Fuchs spoke of the need for Jews and Muslims to maintain a dialogue to better understand each other. ... 'If we join hands I believe...

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St. Louis Teacher Uses History to Teach about September 11

March 24, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On March 24, 2002 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that at Marian Middle, a Catholic girls school in St. Louis, MO, a teacher "is using the book 'Farewell to Manzanar,' a first-person account of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II," to help teach eighth grade students about September 11. "Since the attacks of Sept. 11, Muslims in the United States have been under intense scrutiny and have faced widespread harassment. Hundreds of cases of threats, beatings and firebombings have been reported,...

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Workplace Discrimination Against Muslims Increased

March 22, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On March 22, 2002, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "complaints of workplace discrimination against Muslims nearly tripled in the six months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the head of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said... Since the attacks, the EEOC has received 366 discrimination complaints by Muslims for harassment and wrongful terminations, compared with 124 in the same six-month period a year earlier."

Muslim and Arab Performers Showcase Artsitic Expressions in Minneapolis

March 22, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On March 22, 2002, the Star Tribune featured an article on the upcoming "'Beyond Belly Dancers, Bombers and Billionaires _ Arabs and Muslims Out Loud!'... [a] showcase of a dozen performers, being staged tonight at Intermedia Arts in south Minneapolis, spotlights a spectrum of creative expression including, but not exclusive to, political roots... Tying the acts together is the theme 'Voluntary Testimony' as a response to the thousands of Middle Easterners who have been detained and questioned by the government over the past...

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Ohio Hindus Hope Festival of Holi will End Violence in India

March 22, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On March 22, 2002, The Columbus Dispatch reported that Columbus, OH area Hindus "hope that this year's observance of Holi, a major spring holiday of their faith, will end the religious violence that has killed some 700 Muslims and Hindus in India in recent weeks... Part of the celebration... involves people in spraying one another with colored water or splattering each other with colored powder... Smearing others with colors has a leveling effect... 'This festival transcends all sectarian traditions,' said Shive K....

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Raids on Muslim Offices and Homes in Virginia; Muslim and Jewish Communities Respond

March 22, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/nation/2912411.htm

On March 22, 2002, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, "Muslims protest raids on groups, homes in Va." It noted that "Officials of Islamic groups voiced outrage yesterday at a series of raids, mainly in the capital's Virginia suburbs, by federal agents seeking evidence that the groups were contributing to terrorists. About 150 officers from several agencies executed...

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State House in Boston Holds Interfaith Memorial

March 20, 2002

Source: The Boston Herald

On March 20, 2002, The Boston Herald reported that "firefighters and police from throughout Massachusetts joined lawmakers and religious leaders yesterday in a State House tribute to the victims of Sept. 11...

At an interfaith service in the House chamber, Imam Talal Eid of the Islamic Center of New England condemned the attacks... 'Those people do not represent the faith of Islam... They committed a murder against humanity,' Eid said."

Controversy Over How to Teach about Islam

March 19, 2002

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0319/p14s02-lecl.html

On March 19, 2002, The Christian Science Monitor reported that "education about religious holidays, particularly Christian ones, has long been a lightning rod for parental concerns. But this year, not surprisingly, Islam as a faith has come under particular scrutiny... Study about Islam was already part of many school curriculums. But some parents have raised concerns about...

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Debate Over City Council's Use of "In God We Trust" in Bakersfield, CA

March 18, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 18, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that "the City Council of church-filled Bakersfield [CA] decided to place the national motto... 'In God We Trust'...to the walls of City Hall... 'We are doing something great tonight,' the councilwoman who suggested the posting said when it was overwhelmingly approved a few weeks ago... More remarkable has been the public debate that accompanied her proposal, the letters to the local paper condemning it and the fact that it was not supported by the mayor... The dissension...

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Memorial Garden Opens at New Jersey Museum

March 17, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On March 17, 2002, The New York Times reported that "from the 8th to the 14th centuries in Spain, Christians, Jews, and Muslims coexisted peacefully in an era that historians refer to as the "convivencia," or living together. On Thursday, the Newark Museum, [in Newark, NJ], will open a 'Garden of Remembrance: A Memorial to September 11,' inspired by the gardens of the convivencia. Baptist, Episcopal, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders will participate in the dedication... 'The garden was designed for...

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Mosque Works to Find Unity in its Diverse Community

March 17, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 17, 2002, the Los Angeles Times featured an article on the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City, CA. "Inside the mosque community... some object to non-Muslims visiting their sacred space; others warmly embrace them. Some women veil their entire bodies; others throw off such practices as outdated... The King Fahd Mosque's struggles to unite a people drawn from a broad range of ideologies, culture and race seem familiar and quintessentially American. The diversity belies the notion of an insular people in ideological...

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Long Island Home to Growing Asian-American Communities

March 17, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On March 17, 2002, The New York Times reported that "Indians are the fastest-growing Asian community on Long Island, nearly doubling in population from 17,523 in 1990 to 34,333 in 2000, according to the 2000 census. Asian Indians, who include Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims and Christians, are now the largest Asian group on Long Island, followed by the Chinese and the Koreans... These Asian groups have grown enough in recent years to support their own supermarkets, language schools, churches, temples and mosques on Long Island,...

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