Islam

Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 15, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On October 15, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "hundreds of Muslims gathered in downtown Atlanta on Saturday to express their solidarity with Palestinians in the Middle East and to call for an end to Israeli military strikes against them. The noisy but orderly demonstration across from CNN Center lasted three hours and attracted approximately 300 protesters, most of them Arab-Americans. Similar protests were held over the weekend in Philadelphia, New York and Washington. 'We are here...

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Million Family March Hits the Mall

October 15, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On October 15, 2000, The Washington Post reported that "Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's latest fancy is the Rev. Sun Myung Moon and the Unification Church, a relationship three years in the making that culminates Monday, when Farrakhan plans to perform a Moon-like blessing of 10,000 married couples during his Million Family March in Washington. The association is part of Farrakhan's effort to move his message beyond the narrow constituencies that have followed him in the past. It is an evolution that has won the man...

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Million Family March Hits the Mall

October 15, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On October 15, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "five years after bringing a multitude of black men to the nation's capital for a day of atonement, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has called for a million families to congregate Monday to seek spiritual strength and political empowerment. Unlike his Million Man March, which focused on African-American males, Farrakhan has urged men, women and children of all races and religions to 'rise above their symbols' and attend the Million...

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Election 2000

October 14, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 14, 2000, The Boston Globe reported that "Gore was set to have a private meeting...with Arab-Americans in Michigan, but he canceled it so he could head back to Washington for a White House meeting on the Middle East. Normally, a missed meeting with constituents - especially under these circumstances - would not have been noteworthy. But Arab-Americans are 300,000-strong in Michigan, and the state is a critical battleground in the presidential election. 'We are disappointed. We have questions for' Gore, said May Saba,...

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Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 14, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 14, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "more than 15,000 people marched to the United Nations on Friday to protest Israel's crackdown on Palestinian demonstrators and to urge President Clinton and others to take a balanced approach to the Mideast dispute. The noisy but peaceful rally, which included grocers, cab drivers, teachers, religious leaders, activists and others from the Muslim community, filled Dag Hammerskjold Plaza. Many displayed grisly photos of children killed in confrontations with Israeli...

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Million Family March Hits the Mall

October 13, 2000

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On October 13, 2000, The Baltimore Sun reported that "Mark Hughes was a sixth-grade teacher at Lombard Middle School in 1995, watching the Million Man March on CNN with his pupils. Hughes resolved that if a similar event were to happen, he would be there in person...'I'm looking to be inspired to action,' said Hughes, 28, who now works for a Sandtown public health agency. Hughes and several other Baltimoreans have engaged in plenty of action on behalf of the Million Family March, with a local committee meeting every Tuesday since...

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Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 13, 2000

Source: American Muslim Council press release

On October 13, 2000, The American Muslim Council issued a press release stating the following: "A group of 1,000 American Muslims convened in front of the White House today for Jumu'ah prayer and a rally denouncing Israel's increased aggression toward the Palestinian people. The event brought together national Muslim organizations which included the American Muslim Council (AMC), the Muslim American Society (MAS), American Muslims for Jerusalem (AMJ), the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the Muslim...

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Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 13, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 13, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Ventura County residents and elected officials said they were concerned Thursday about events in the Middle East after an apparent terrorist bomb killed six crewmen aboard a Navy destroyer in Yemen and rioting mobs killed two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank...Ventura County's military base, the combined station at Point Mugu and Port Hueneme, has not been put on alert since the explosion next to the Cole, a destroyer that was pulling into port in Aden, Yemen, said a...

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US Jews and Muslims Respond to Violence in the Middle East

October 12, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On October 12, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that St. Louis area Jews and Muslims are responding to the crisis in the Middle East. The Jewish Federation of St. Louis Communities held a rally in support of "the people and government of Israel." Area Muslims are saying "special prayers of petition for peace and for the victims of the recent violence in Israel."

New Mascot to be More Inclusive

October 10, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 10, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "the quest for a politically correct Christian mascot for Wheaton College has ended. The former Crusaders are now...the Thunder. The decision concludes two years of soul-searching and debate at the conservative Illinois college, whose alumni include evangelist Billy Graham. A few months ago, Wheaton's president sacked the Crusader emblem, saying it was too barbaric for modern times and offensive to Muslims and Jews. A committee was appointed to find a 'gender-neutral,' '...

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Ex-Nun Explains Religious Differences

October 9, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 9, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported on Karen Armstrong. It explained that, "for years she was tagged the 'runaway nun,' the rebellious ex-Catholic with outspoken opinions about religion--comparing, for example, Pope John Paul II to a Muslim fundamentalist. Now, with her 12th book, "Islam, a Short History" (Modern Library), Karen Armstrong has changed her image. She can still be sharp-tongued, inclined to draw conclusions that get a rise out of critics. But something closer to reconciliation, rather than anger, is...

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Jews and Muslims Pray Peace in the Middle East

October 9, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On October 9, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on the prayers of the Jewish and Muslim communities of St. Louis for peace in the Middle East. In the wake of Ariel Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, 84 people have been killed in renewed violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians. "On Friday, the Muslim Sabbath, congregations at mosques on Weidman Road in St. Louis County and West Pine Boulevard in the city said special prayers for those killed in the latest spasm of rage in the Holy Land...

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