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Americans Turn to Religion

September 12, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On September 12, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported, "As the shock and horror of yesterday's terrorist attacks began to sink in, churches, synagogues and mosques opened their doors for formal services, shared petition and quiet meditation." The article also made note of an interfaith service with Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Columbia, Maryland. "Under the Star of David, Islam's crescent moon and other symbols of world religions, about 85 people prayed for the victims, their families - and for those responsible for the attacks. 'I...

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Americans Turn to Religion

September 12, 2001

Source: USA TODAY

On September 12, 2001, USA Today reported "People of every faith, and none, brought their pain, fear and helpless sadness to churches, synagogues and mosques. And clergy reached out with comfort -- and cautions." The article explained that, although the Muslim community had joined other religious groups in condemning the attack and helping the victims, "They also warned their own believers to keep a low profile. In the first few days after the attack...Muslims reported more than 200 incidents of harassment, threats and actual violence....

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U.S. Muslim Communities Condemn Terrorist Attacks, Designate "Day of Mourning"

September 11, 2001

Source: No source given.

On September 11, 2001, a joint statement was issued by the American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC) in condemning the terrorist attacks against the U.S. The statement read, in part: "American Muslims utterly condemn what are apparently vicious and cowardly acts of terrorism against innocent civilians. We join with all Americans in calling for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators. No political cause could ever be assisted by such immoral acts."

Groups that signed the AMPCC statement included...

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Muslims Sue AOL for Allowing Anti-Islam Chat

August 31, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 31, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "a muslim subscriber sued America Online...claiming that anti-Islamic insults in AOL's chat rooms violate his civil rights...Saad Noah...visited...chatrooms set aside for discussions of Islamic religious topics...but quit AOL because other members frequently hurled insults against his faith...AOL's contract specifically forbids users from making bigoted or hateful remarks...But Noah claims that AOL Time Warner refused to take action against those who disrupted Islamic chat rooms,...

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Dallas Mosque Runs Free Clinic

August 25, 2001

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On August 25, 2001, the free medical clinic founded by Dr. Amer Shakil at the Dallas Central Mosque opened due to the needs of "the area's large immigrant population." But Shakil notes the clinic's purpose "'is to not only provide health care but to educate [patients] about how to access [other] health care'...Dr. Shakil is a family practice physician...his clinic, which opened in November 2000, serves more than 790 patients and has logged nearly 2,000 visits...Most visitors are Muslim but checkups and other services are open to all...

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US Muslim Groups Protest False Translations of CBS Report

August 24, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 24, 2001 The Boston Globe reported that "US Muslim leaders are expressing outrage over an offensive remark which they say was falsely attributed to a Palestinian in a documentary that aired Sunday on CBS's '60 Minutes.' The documentary...examined the militant Islamic organization Hamas, which has claimed responsibility for dozens of suicide bombings...In the documentary, a man...was filmed speaking in Arabic...with a simultaneous translation dubbed over his remarks...The translator quoted [him] as saying 'God would...

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Report Finds Increase in Discrimination against Muslims

August 23, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 23, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "Muslims in the United States reported a rise in civil rights violations in the past year, ranging from women being fired for wearing traditional head coverings to physical and verbal abuse, according to a new report released on Wednesday. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) detailed more than 360 incidents of anti-Muslim violence, stereotyping, bias and harassment in the year ended March 15, 2001, an increase of 15 percent over the previous year."

Report Finds Increase in Discrimination against Muslims

August 22, 2001

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On August 22, 2001, the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported on their report, entitled "Accommodating Diversity," which detailed incidents of anti-Muslim discrimination. The report may be downloaded at http://www.cair-net.org/civilrights. "CAIR issued its first report, called 'A Rush to Judgment,' within a month of the attack on the Murrah Federal Building."

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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