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Militant Hindus and Jews in New York Unite Against Common Muslim Enemy

June 2, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On June 2, 2001, The New York Times reported that a group of militant Hindus in Queens and Long Island and a group of radical Jews in Brooklyn "have discovered that sharing a distant enemy is sufficient basis for friendship. So tight is their anti-Muslim bond that some of the Hindus marched alongside the Jews in the annual Salute to Israel Parade on Fifth Avenue...Several of the Jews joined a protest outside the United Nations against the treatment of Hindus in Afghanistan by the Taliban regime."

Students and Parents Object to Religious Songs in Ohio Public Schools

June 1, 2001

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On June 1, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "some students and parents object to the singing of explicitly religious lyrics in public schools. These critics -- including the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, which filed a lawsuit against Columbus schools last month on behalf of three families -- think the practice violates the First Amendment's Establishment Clause." The Council on American-Islamic Relations' Ohio chapter's president said he has no problem with the songs as long as they are initiated by students...

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Religious Leaders in New York Protest Taliban's Dress Code for Hindus

June 1, 2001

Source: The Jerusalem Post

On June 1, 2001, The Jerusalem Post reported that "lined up along the Holocaust Memorial Wall across from the United Nations headquarters, Jewish, Christian, and Hindu leaders wore yellow stickers and spoke out in solidarity with Afghan Hindus, who are being forced by the nation's ruling Taliban movement to wear saffron- colored garments...Jewish and Israeli leaders condemned the [Taliban's dress-code] ruling, declaring it reminiscent of the Nazi era and the Holocaust."

New Mosque and Islamic Cultural Center Planned in Boston to Meet Growing Demand

May 31, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/durable/2001/05/31/p11s1.htm

On May 31, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor reported that "When opened in 1995, the Islamic Society of Boston's Cambridge mosque was expected to meet the needs for years, but crowds of up to a thousand soon forced the search for a new location. Now they are preparing to build a dramatic mosque and cultural center in the heart of Boston, with a 1,500- capacity hall, full-time...

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New National Study Released: The Mosque in America

May 31, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On May 31, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor reported that the Islamic Society of Boston reflects "the growing presence of Islam in the US, where the number of mosques has risen by 25 percent to more than 1,200, and the average weekly attendance has nearly doubled over the past six years, according to a recent national survey released by four Muslim organizations. 'The Mosque in America: A National Portrait' is the first comprehensive look at US Islamic centers...As Islam takes root in America the mosque has taken on...

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Sacred Dance Part of Many Different Religions

May 30, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On May 30, 2001, The Denver Post reported on "sacred dancers [who] praise God through movement...Some dance for their congregations, others as a private form of prayer...They share a conviction that movement deepens the spiritual experience...Sacred dance...has a place in many religions and was part of the early Jewish and Christian church."

Fire Damages Islamic Temple and Forces Worshippers Outside

May 29, 2001

Source: Newsday

On May 29, 2001, Newsday reported that "an upstairs fire at the Al-Amin Jame Masjid and Islamic Center [in Astoria, New York] resulted in an estimated $75,000 of water damage, displacing hundreds of Muslims from their place of worship. So organizers decided to take the weekly Friday afternoon prayer service-which draws about 600-to the street, laying down Astroturf carpeting and setting up a temporary sound system."

Demand for Muslim Schools Surpasses Supply

May 29, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

On May 29, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported that "demand for private schools in the [Phoenix area] that offer academics and Islamic instruction exceeds availability, a dilemma faced by Muslim parents who want to raise children with a strong faith in a non-Muslim society...The community has an estimated 30,000 members, with a few thousand children. The capacity of the two schools is 224."

Census Reveals Influx of Indian Asians in Washington State

May 28, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times

On May 28, 2001, The Seattle Times reported that "the population of Asian Indians in [Washington] nearly tripled from 8,203 to 23,992 during the 1990s, the largest percentage increase among Asian ethnic groups, newly released census figures show...The settlement of Indians here is largely a suburban phenomenon." Many are drawn by jobs in high-tech. "Sikhs, many of whom are originally from the Punjab region of India, are moving here from other states to be near relatives in British Columbia."

Indian Population Has Doubled in Washington, D.C and in Nation

May 27, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A82283-2001May26.html

On May 27, 2001, The Washington Post reported that the 2000 Census found that, "attributable in part to the U.S. high-tech industry's demand for skilled workers, the [Washington, D.C.] region's Indian population has swelled by unexpected proportions, from 38,000 in 1990 to more than 78,000 in 2000, apparently becoming the most populous Asian group in the area...

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Growth of Indian American Population in Minnesota

May 24, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On May 24, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that "in Minnesota, the Asian Indian population has doubled in the last decade from 8,234 to 16,887 people, according to" the 2000 Census. "Nationwide, Indians are the fastest-growing Asian group and are now the third-largest Asian group...Asian Indians number almost 1.7 million...Much of the growth nationally and locally is due to the recruitment of high-tech workers from India."

Leader of Syrian Catholic Church Speaks in L.A. about Middle East Conflict

May 23, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On May 23, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "congregants of the city's only Melkite Church welcomed Syria's new Catholic leader to Los Angeles, comparing the visit by black-robed Gregory III to an appearance by the Roman Catholic pope...The 67-year-old 'patriarch of Alexandria, Jerusalem and all the East,' stopped briefly in Los Angeles to greet parishioners and draw attention to unrest in the Middle East... One of the largest of the Eastern rite churches, the Melkite Church has been called a 'voice for the East within the...

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Editorial Claims Bush Is Losing Trust of American Muslims

May 21, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On May 21, 2001, The Baltimore Sun published an editorial by Muqtedar Khan, the director of international studies at Adrian College in Michigan, which criticized Bush's stance toward Muslims in the Middle East. Khan quotes Bush as saying, "My administration will be steadfast in supporting Israel against terrorism and violence." He complains that "promises to Muslims were made before the [presidential] election and promises to American Jews are being made after the election...Nowadays the White House does not acknowledge letters...

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