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Research Group Documents Religious Diversity in the Bible Belt

April 1, 2001

Source: The Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/local/archives/01/04/03814884.shtml?Element_ID=3814884

On April 1, 2001, The Tennessean reported that the Bible Belt is now home to "Six Buddhist communities. Five Jewish congregations. Five Islamic mosques. A Baha'i center. A Hindu temple and a Hindu ashram, or teaching abode. Plus assorted Sikhs and Jains...Others exist, too." Tom Russell, a...

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Rabbi Points Out Similarities between Jews and Muslims

March 31, 2001

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On March 31, 2001, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that at a Sabbath service at Temple Ohav Shalom in Pennsylvania, Jews and Muslims were described as "close-knit cousins." Farooq Hussaini of the Islamic Center of Greater Pittsburgh said Islam "has more in common with the Judeo-Christian faith than with any of the world's other religions." The rabbi who led the service noted that both groups have experienced being "the other."

Stores and Restaurants in Seattle Increasingly Offering Kosher Fare

March 31, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times

http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis/web/vortex/display?s

On March 31, 2001, The Seattle Times reported that "in the Seattle area, a number of kosher restaurants and food stores have sprung up...The Puget Sound area has seen a steady rise in the number of Jews moving to the area--from 30,000 a decade ago to about 37,000 now," including many who are reclaiming orthodox rituals and traditions. "The...

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Buddhists React Peacefully to Taliban's Destruction of Statues

March 30, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 30, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Buddhists reacted with restraint" to the Taliban's destruction of two historic stone statues of the Buddha. "American Buddhists and scholars of Buddhism are still piecing together the meaning of" the destruction of the statues.

Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque to Be Built in Boston

March 30, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 30, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "the dream of an Islamic center and mosque in Boston is nearing reality after being deferred almost a decade." Muslims are now estimated to number from 50,000 to 70,000 in the Boston area. They currently worship at a half-dozen small mosques.

Evangelical Christians Try to Convert Muslims

March 25, 2001

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://inq.philly.com/content/inquirer/2001/03/25/city/EVANG25.htm

On March 25, 2001, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "responding to Muslims has become a keen concern for many Christians as they watch Islam's steady growth in size and respectability in this country. While Roman Catholic and most Mainline Protestant churches promote theological tolerance and dialogue," evangelical leaders have rallied "their troops...

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Muslim Society Plans to Build New Mosque

March 22, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On March 22, 2001, The Washington Post reported that, "reflecting the growth of the Muslim population in Fairfax and Loudoun counties, Muslim leaders have announced plans to build a mosque near Dulles International Airport." The All Dulles Area Muslim Society serves about 1,600 Muslims. "The new mosque will seat 900 people and will house a full-time child care center, library, weekend school and an indoor recreational facility."

Muslim Doctor Victim of Hate-Motivated Assault

March 22, 2001

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

http://www.rgj.com/news2/stories/news/985328798.php

On March 22, 2001, The Reno Gazette-Journal reported that "Sparks police said Wednesday the second teen suspect has been arrested in last week's baseball bat attack on two men outside a mosque, and local Muslim leaders said at an interfaith gathering they accept the police theory that it may not be a hate crime...Other Muslims said they think the motivation for the attack may have been the...

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Deputy Allegedly Threatens Life of Muslim Murder Suspect

March 22, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

http://www.accessatlanta.com/partners/ajc/newsatlanta/alamin/032201.html

On March 22, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin's supporters say a sheriff's deputy threatened to kill Al-Amin...[Al-Amin] is accused of killing Deputy Ricky Kinchen and wounding Deputy Aldranon English in a shootout March 16, 2000...The threat adds to tensions between the sheriff's...

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Muslim Doctor Victim of Hate-Motivated Assault

March 21, 2001

Source: The Associated Press

On March 21, 2001, The Associated Press reported that "police joined an interfaith service Wednesday to assure religious and minority leaders they have not ruled out the possibility the beating of two Muslims outside a mosque was a hate crime." They promised "to continue to investigate absolutely everything."

Muslim Population Growth Spurs Plans for New Mosque in Washington Area

March 21, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36795-2001Mar21.html

On March 21, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "reflecting the growth of the Muslim population in Fairfax and Loudoun counties, Muslim leaders have announced plans to build a mosque near Dulles International Airport...It is being built by the All Dulles Area Muslim Society...The society serves about 1,600 Muslims in western Fairfax and eastern Loudoun."...

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Muslim Doctor Victim of Hate-Motivated Assault

March 21, 2001

Source: The Reno Gazette-Journal

http://www.rgj.com/news2/stories/news/985245836.php

On March 21, 2001, The Reno Gazette-Journal reported that "a 15-year-old Hug High School student was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of beating two Muslim men last week in Sparks. The attack was motivated by robbery, not racial hatred as initially suspected, police said...The teen-agers did not know they were at a mosque," where the attacks took place. "The Muslim community is planning an...

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Op-Ed Articles Respond to Bush's Faith-Based Initiative

March 21, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 21, 2001, The Boston Globe published an op-ed article by Don Muhammad, a regional minister of the Nation of Islam, in which he criticized Bush's faith-based initiative. His principle criticism was of the exclusion of the Nation of Islam from the initiative.

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