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Nation of Islam to Move into Political Arena

July 25, 2000

Source: Financial Times

On July 25, 2000, London's Financial Times Limited published an article regarding America's Nation of Islam. After years of remaining out of mainline politics, the Nation of Islam is "again emerging from the political fringes and making a vigorous push into the political arena. With the presidential elections tightening by the day, the group hopes to create 'a third force' that could have an unexpected influence in choosing the next U.S. president." The push comes five years after Nation of Islam's leader Louis Farrakhan's Million...

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County Allows Muslims to Pay Fees, Not Taxes

July 22, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

On July 22, 2000, the Star Tribune published an article about a plan that has been approved in Hennepin County which would allow Muslims and others prohibited by religious law to find a way around paying taxes on their property. "What we've done would make an agreement with the purchaser of the property to charge a fee in addition to the purchase price rather than charging interest plus the purchase price," said Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Robert Burck. While intended for "Muslims and Orthodox Jews who feel that it's against...

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Palos Heights, Chicago: Controversy over Sale of Church to Muslims

July 20, 2000

Source: The Associated Press

On July 20, 2000, the Associated Press released an article about how the plan to convert a church into a mosque has divided the mostly Christian Chicago suburb of Palos Heights. Yet even with all the "political sniping and accusations of bigotry, residents seemed a little stunned when a federal mediator stood up at a recent city council meeting with an offer to step in." The council did not immediately accept the offer, but the mayor seemed open to the idea. Some in the small town wish the spotlight had never hit their quiet...

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Palos Heights, Chicago: Controversy over Sale of Church to Muslims

July 19, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On July 19, 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times published an article about a group of Muslims in Palos Heights who wish to buy a church and turn it into the city's first mosque, following a promised mayoral veto of a $200,000 offer for the Muslims to walk away from the project. The Al Salam Mosque Foundation plans to buy the "Reformed Church of Palos Heights building for $2.1 Million, even though many residents and some city council members had hoped to acquire the church for a new recreation center." Mayor Dean Koldenhoven vowed to veto...

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Palos Heights, Chicago: Controversy over Sale of Church to Muslims

July 19, 2000

Source: National Public Radio

On July 19, 2000, National Public Radio aired a story entitled "Chicago Suburb Wrestles with Racist Overtones of City Council." The mayor of Palos Heights vetoed the $200,000 offer by the city council, calling it "an insult to Muslims and fiscally irresponsible for the city." Yet the Al Salam Mosque Foundation unexpectedly accepted the city's buyout. Speaking at a press conference, the foundation's attorney, Rouhy Shalabi, said "deciding to accept the money and walk away was a tough decision, but his clients did not want to be in a...

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Farrakhan Plans Million Family March

July 15, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

n July 15, 2000, The Washington Post published an article about Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's plans for a Million Family March on October 16. Farrakhan "sounded an upbeat message of inclusion...encouraging all ethnic and religious groups, including Jews, to 'come under their own banner.'" To focus attention on what he sees as a breakdown of family values, Farrakhan plans to remarry a million men to their wives at the event and marry 10,000 new couples. "We are all members of the human family, though we are not yet...

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Farrakhan Plans Million Family March

July 15, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On July 15, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution published an article about Louis Farrakhan's Million Family March. Farrakhan called on families of all races and religions to congregate at the nation's capital on the fifth anniversary of the Million Man March. He "envisions a massive, peaceful parade where people seek common goals while walking under their separate symbols: 'Muslims under the crescent. Christians under the cross. Jews with the Star of David. ... gangs in the cities to come in their...

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Muslim Voter Drive Launched

July 7, 2000

Source: The New Jersey Star-Ledger

On July 7, 2000, The New Jersey Star-Ledger published an article entitled "Muslim group launches voter drive to increase political clout," reporting on the Council on American-Islamic Relations' recent announcement of plans for a national "voter registration drive aimed at bringing thousands of Muslim voters into the electorate and forcing the presidential candidates to heed their concerns."

Students'-Eye Views From the Classroom

July 3, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On July 3, 2000, The New York Times published an article about the pressures facing young Muslims in America. Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman and Tajah Muhammad, students at the Clara Mohammed Elementary School, talked to the Times about their goals, dreams, and the difficulties they sometimes face. Both girls, like so many young children across the country, hope to grow up to be professional athletes. Yet the two African-American girls from devout Muslim families must also wear head scarves while they practice and play; the...

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Ambush at Mosque Raises Specter of Hate

June 21, 2000

Source: The Commercial Appeal

On June 21, 2000, the Commercial Appeal of Memphis, TN published an article about a shooting at Masjid Al-Noor, an East Memphis mosque, as members gathered for morning prayers. The gunman allegedly ambushed a worshiper as he approached the mosque, shot him, and then blasted golf ball-sized holes into the locked doors of the building. Police arrested Brent Fong, who lives next door to the mosque and was charged with attempted first-degree murder and nine counts of reckless endangerment. According to police, Fong said, "I did...

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New Jersey to Protect Islamic Dietary Laws

June 18, 2000

Source: The New Jersey Star-Ledger

On June 18, 2000, The New Jersey Star-Ledger published an article regarding New Jersey's most recent efforts to have "Islamic practices placed on equal footing in the civic arena with those of Judaism and Christianity." The state is "poised to enact a law that would make it the first state with consumer protection laws for food prepared under the Muslim dietary laws known as halal, a religiously mandated system of food practices akin to kosher regulations for Jews." Read the full article at this...

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Former Rock Star Finds Peace Serving Allah

May 27, 2000

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On May 27, 2000, the Houston Chronicle published "In the Name of Islam; Former Rock Star Finds Peace Serving Allah." The article reported that Yusef Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, recently spoke at the University of Houston about his faith in and conversion to Islam. Islam said "that while many people may have lost the ability to commit to an ideal, becoming a Muslim energized his inner and outer existence while stilling the uncertainty of his restless soul."

Islam Still Demonized by the West

May 27, 2000

Source: The Times (London)

On May 27, 2000 The Times (London) published an article entitled " The West is still demonising Islam." Author Karen Armstrong contends that "This is an age when people are beginning to discover the richness of other religious traditions. Without abandoning their own faith, some are turning for nourishment to more than one religion...But one religion seems excluded from this circle of goodwill. For nearly a thousand years, the Western world has cultivated a distorted vision of Islam which bears little relation to the truth but...

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