A Prison Honors Islamic Dietary Restrictions

July 24, 2001

Source: The Sun Herald

On July 24, 2001, The Sun Herald reported that "pork is no longer on the menu at the Harrison County jail...because a growing population of Muslim inmates cannot eat pork or pork products for religious reasons." The change is a result of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Christian, Muslim Coalition Opposes Gay Rights Law in Maryland

July 23, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On July 23, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "state officials announced that the petition drive [to repeal Maryland's new gay rights law] has netted 47,539 valid signatures, enough to delay the law's implementation and put the matter before Maryland voters...The drive owes its unexpected success to an unusual coalition of Catholics, Baltimore Muslims, social conservatives and Christian activists...Coalition leaders are largely ignoring the law's stated intent of extending legal protections to gays and focusing instead on...

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Candidate for New Jersey Governor Prevails Despite Islamophobia

July 23, 2001

Source: American Muslim Council

On July 23, 2001, the American Muslim Council reported that "a coalition representing nine major Muslim groups in New Jersey issued a joint statement today expressing its dismay over anti-Muslim bigotry in remarks made last week by the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim McGreevey. This bigotry was manifest in attempts to ostracize the American Muslim Alliance, a mainstream American Muslim civic organization." McGreevey said "he would refuse to attend events organized by the group or accept donations from its members...

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Boston Church Property Increases in Value

July 22, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On July 22, 2001, The Boston Globe reported on "the potential financial bonanza for churches, synagogues and other religious organizations sitting on increasingly valuable parcels of land...In the city itself, the value of real estate owned by religious denominations has doubled over the last five years...At the same time, many religious denominations...are scrambling for money."

Muslim Numbers Increase in Massachusetts

July 22, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On July 22, 2001, The Boston Globe reported on "the big demographic changes in the swelling Muslim community north and northwest of Boston...As their numbers increased, Muslims have started making their homes in the northern suburbs...The Muslim merchants have followed. Halal butchers and restaurants in Revere, Everett, and Medford cater to immigrant tastes and necessities of a Muslim life. Also springing up are stores renting music CDs and movies in Arabic...Today mosque membership has grown to about 50 families in Methuen [Mass...

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Sufi Travels U.S. to Teach His Faith

July 21, 2001

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On July 21, 2001, The Dallas Morning News reported on Abdul Haqq, a Sufi shaykh, "a disciple of a Muslim mystical tradition that is more than 1,200 years old." He converted from Judaism 25 years ago. For the past 20 years, he has traveled "around the country explaining Sufism to non-Muslims and...carrying a spiritual power to fellow Sufis...Even many Muslims don't approve of Sufism...Sufism is a tradition with similarities to Jewish Hasidism and to some Christian religious orders."

Candidate for New Jersey Governor Prevails Despite Islamophobia

July 20, 2001

Source: Council on Islamic-American Relations

On July 20, 2001, the Council on Islamic-American Relations reported that "CAIR is calling on Muslims in New Jersey and nationwide to express their support for a gubernatorial candidate's refusal to disassociate himself from that state's Muslim community, despite pressure to do so...New Jersey Republican candidate Bret Schundler has come under fire for speaking at a meeting of the American Muslim Alliance (AMA)." The Anti-Defamation League found Schundler's presence at the meeting "troubling," because of "unspecified...

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Muslim Guard Sues Prison for Discrimination

July 19, 2001

Source: The Plain Dealer

On July 19, 2001, The Plain Dealer reported that "a guard at a Grafton [Ohio] prison is suing the state, claiming that his bosses won't let him pray behind bars. Dawoud Kareem Muhammad...filed a First Amendment claim in U.S. District Court in Cleveland...His attorney...said the prison discriminated against Muhammad because employees can wear crucifixes under their uniforms," but he is not allowed to wear a skullcap under his uniform hat.

New Jersey General Assembly Honors Indo-American Association President

July 16, 2001

Source: News India Times

News India Times reported that "the New Jersey General Assembly has honored Purushottam Karra, founder and president of the Indo-American Senior Citizens Association of NJ, with a resolution...Karra...was recently appointed to the New Jersey Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission...He was honored with a citation...The...

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Muslim Leaders Protest Muslim Student's Expulsion from White House

July 16, 2001

Source: Newsweek

On July 16, 2001, Newsweek reported on Abdullah Al-Arian, the Arab-American student who was expelled from the White House. "Al-Arian had registered Democratic, but he was so encouraged by Bush's outreach to the Arab community that he voted for him and took a job this summer as a congressional intern...But his optimism faded his first week in Washington, D.C. [when he] was ejected from a White House annex by a security guard, on an erroneous tip that the student had terrorist connections."

Lansing Area Muslims Form Chapter of American Muslim Council

July 15, 2001

Source: Lansing State Journal

On July 15, 2001, the Lansing State Journal reported that Muslims in the Lansing area "formed a chapter of the American Muslim Council this year. They hope to translate their growing numbers into political clout and social change. The Islamic planning a $5.5 million expansion project. The center serves Muslims throughout Greater Lansing...One of the main goals of the Lansing chapter...

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Diana Eck's New Book Examines Religious Diversity in America

July 14, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On July 14, 2001, The Hartford Courant reported on Diana Eck's new book, A New Religious America. "'The religious landscape of America has changed radically in the past 30 years,' Eck writes, 'but most of us have not yet begun to see the dimensions and scope of that change.'" The main part of the book focuses on Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam in America.

Islamic Group Speaks About Political Issues at Cleveland Convention

July 14, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On July 14, 2001, Los Angeles Times reported that "the Islamic Circle of North America focused on the plight of Muslims in war-torn countries and political activism in the United States during its recent annual convention" in Cleveland's Public Square .

Workshop Will Familiarize Muslims with their Rights

July 13, 2001

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On July 13, 2001, the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported on a "Know Your Rights" workshop, co-sponsored by CAIR-LA, The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the MSA at California State University, Fullerton. Legal experts will talk about one's rights as an employee, how to protect one's civil rights, and immigration laws. It will be held Saturday, July 28, 2001 at California State University, Fullerton.