Islam

Existence of Islamophobia Denied; Muslims Object

August 21, 2001

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On August 21, 2001, the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported that "a prominent national Islamic advocacy group today called on Jewish groups to repudiate materials distributed at a Washington, D.C., news conference by B'nai B'rith International that claimed Islamophobia, the irrational hatred of Muslims and Islam, is an 'invention' that can never exist. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today's incident is but one of many attempts by pro-Israel extremists to vilify and demonize...

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Candidate for New Jersey Governor Prevails Despite Islamophobia

August 13, 2001

Source: American Muslim Council

On August 13, 2001, the American Muslim Council reported that its New Jersey Chapter "joined other Muslim organizations to meet with Mayor Jim McGreevey...to clear up misunderstandings. At the meeting McGreevey apologized for his previous stereotypes regarding Muslims organizations and issued an apology concerning his remarks...McGreevey [had] labeled the [American Muslim Association] 'extreme' and claimed its members support 'inappropriate violence.'...'The goal was to clear the slate, to have a frank, straightforward conversation...

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Muslims Find Ways to Swim without Breaking Rules of Islam

August 13, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

on August 13, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "combining the desire to swim and Muslim traditions, [Washington D.C]'s soaring Muslim population is renting out community pools for sex-segregated swim sessions. It's another example of how the country's Muslims...are enjoying American culture within the parameters of their faith, " which requires women to cover their hair and bodies except in the presence of close relatives. "Recreation center directors say that all-female or all-male Muslim swim sessions have become as...

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Taliban Imprisons Relatives of Children for Teaching Christianity

August 12, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 12, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "the ruling Taliban movement...freed dozens of children it had accused of receiving Christian teaching and imprisoned their fathers instead, the official media [in Afghanistan] reported. Meanwhile, a special U.N. envoy began a mission here aimed at pressing the Taliban to release eight foreigners, including two Americans, arrested on charges of propagating Christianity in this devout Muslim nation." The foreigners worked at Shelter Now International, where the youngsters who...

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Muslim Group Withdraws Endorsement of New York Mayoral Candidate

August 9, 2001

Source: Daily News

On August 9, 2001, New York's Daily News reported that "Mark Green and Alan Hevesi shifted into damage-control mode...after a videotape surfaced...The tape shows a leader of the Muslim Political Coordinating Committee saying Green told them Israel had 'made mistakes' and had criticized Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon...Two weeks ago, however, Green aides and committee leaders told the Daily News that Israel never came up in Green's meeting with the group...A Muslim leader seen on the tape, Ali Mirza, said yesterday that he spoke in...

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Iranian-Born Mathematician's Lawsuit Reinstated

August 9, 2001

Source: The Plain Dealer

On August 9, 2001, The Plain Dealer reported that "a federal appeals court has reinstated an Iranian-born mathematician's job-bias lawsuit against Oberlin College because his race is 'Middle Eastern.' Saeid B. Amini said Oberlin...rejected him because he was a nonwhite Muslim...In October 1998, he sought [an]Oberlin faculty position, but lost out to Chris Andrews, a younger white male who was an Oberlin graduate. In his lawsuit, Amini claimed that Andrews had far less teaching experience and had published fewer professional articles...

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Muslim Appointed to Texas Board of Health

August 8, 2001

Source: American Muslim Council

On August 8, 2001, the American Muslim Council reported that "Dr. Amanullah Khan, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Muslim Council (AMC), has been appointed to Texas Board of Health by Governor Rick Perry...Dr. Khan was one of the two appointed to the board, which now adopts rules and policies for the Texas Department of Health...'Muslims should be proud of his achievements,' said...[the] Executive Director of AMC... AMC extends its gratitude to Dr. Khan and hopes that his appointment will benefit the...

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Religious and Ethnic Backgrounds Exploited in Investment Scams

August 8, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 8, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "fraud artists increasingly are preying on people based on their religious and ethnic backgrounds, members of the North American Securities Administration Association said at a press conference in Washington. The news came on the heels of prison sentences...for two former members of a Tampa church, who bilked fellow churchgoers of nearly $580 million on 'divinely inspired investments.'...'I've seen more money stolen in the name of God than in any other way,' said...NASAA...

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Diversity in Workplace Requires Adjustments for Religious Beliefs

August 6, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On August 6, 2001, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "all kinds of people have come into the workplace from such far-flung countries as Somalia, Bosnia, Pakistan, Malaysia and India, bringing their religious beliefs with them. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires that they be accommodated, if reasonably possible...For example, observant Jews can be expected to leave work early on Fridays...to acelebrate the Sabbath." Some employers are more accommodating than others.

Muslim Group Withdraws Endorsement of New York Mayoral Candidate

August 5, 2001

Source: Newsday

On August 5, 2001, Newsday reported that the Muslim Political Coordinating Committee "issued a statement...that reasserted the groups' endorsement of mayoral candidate Mark Green and three other candidates for local offices. [The group's] statement said several published accounts inaccurately reported that the groups had withdrawn their support of Green and the other candidates. The reports were based on an interview with one person and did not reflect the official policies of the organizations."

Muslim Inmates Allowed to Attend Religious Services

August 4, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On August 4, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "imprisoned Muslims can attend Friday religious services without facing penalties for being absent from prison jobs, a federal appeals court ruled...[The order] prohibited the Solano State Prison in Vacaville [California] from punishing inmates for missing work to attend the hourlong Sabbath service called Jumu'ah."

Muslim Group Withdraws Endorsement of New York Mayoral Candidate

August 4, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On August 4, 2001, The New York Times reported that "a coalition of about 15 Muslim groups that had endorsed Public Advocate Mark Green for mayor and three other Democratic candidates for borough presidencies withdrew the endorsements...amid accusations that it had links to groups that support terrorism." At the time the endorsements were made, the Muslim coalition's leader tried to distance himself from the American Muslim Alliance, which "some believe is sympathetic to Islamic militant groups," and whose donation to Hillary...

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40 Chaplains Hired for 2002 Olympics

August 4, 2001

Source: deseretnews.com

On August 4, 2001, deseretnews.com reported that "to make sure everyone is taken care of, Olympic organizers have chosen 40 spiritual advisers to be on call during the 17 days of competition [at the 2002 Winter Games]. Their duties will range from hosting regular worship services at the Olympic Village to being available for any athlete, any time...The chaplains ...come from nearly every sect imaginable...There are Catholic priests, a Jewish rabbi, an Islamic imam and Protestant ministers from several denominations. [A chaplain]...

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Muslim Group Withdraws Endorsement of New York Mayoral Candidate

August 4, 2001

Source: Daily News

On August 4, 2001, the New York Daily News reported that "a coalition of 15 Muslim-American organizations withdrew its endorsement of mayoral hopeful Mark Green...after its backing caused the Democrat a political headache...  The coalition acted after reports in the Daily News and Jewish Week newspaper revealed that two organizations in the coalition had taken strong anti-Israeli positions." The Muslim Political Coordinating Committee "said...that it was acting 'to avoid any difficulties for the candidates.'...The committee'...

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Muslim Group Withdraws Endorsement of New York Mayoral Candidate

August 4, 2001

Source: Newsday

On August 4, 2001, Newsday reported that "a Muslim coalition withdrew its mayoral endorsement of Mark Green...after an influential Jewish assemblyman criticized the Democrat for accepting the group's support....The Muslim Political Coordinating Committee of New York...said it acted after Assemb. Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn)... said the group had ties to Islamic militants...The coalition has denied those ties...One of Green's chief Jewish supporters...accused Hikind of 'slash and burn tactics...The group also withdrew its endorsements for three...

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