Judaism

"It’s Time to Stop ‘Hatin’ On Muslims in Washington," a Commentary by Askia Muhammad

January 18, 2007

Author: Askia Muhammad

Source: Washington Informer/New American Media

http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=b15af77e979558c02bf66b39421abc68

I really thought things were going to be materially better for people with “funny” names like mine when Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) came to Washington. And they have been.

Since he’s been here I have noticed an...

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Jewish Membership in Congress at All-Time High

January 12, 2007

Author: Elizabeth Williamson

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/11/AR2007011101666.html

While Democrats celebrated the election of the House's first female speaker, another milestone passed more quietly: The 110th Congress includes more Jewish lawmakers than any other in history, and all but four are Democrats.

About 2 percent of Americans identify...

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For Airport Screeners, More Training about Muslims

January 9, 2007

Author: Alexandra Marks

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0109/p02s01-ussc.html

NEW YORK -- Say you're a security screener at the airport. You notice a large group of people wearing white robes, speaking a strange language. The women have head scarves and the men long beards. They look nervous. One of them is holding a Koran. Another appears to be praying. What do you do?

According to the Transportation...

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Ellison Strikes Themes of Inclusion, Social Justice

January 4, 2007

Author: Steve Share

Source: Workday Minnesota

http://www.workdayminnesota.org/index.php?news_6_2835

ST. ANTHONY - The eyes of the world were on Washington, D.C. Thursday as Democrat Keith Ellison took the oath of office as the first Muslim member of the U.S. Congress, representing Minnesota's Fifth Congressional District. Two days earlier, he received a rousing send-off at a Minnesota union hall.

The community send-off for Ellison drew a...

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Q&A: First Muslim Rep. in Congress

January 4, 2007

Author: Michael Isikoff

Source: Newsweek

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16474497/site/newsweek/

Jan. 4, 2007 - Keith Ellison, 43, a Democrat from Minneapolis, was sworn in today as the first Muslim member of the U.S. Congress. In this interview with NEWSWEEK's Michael Isikoff, Ellison talked about his decision to use a Qur'an once owned by Thomas Jefferson for the ceremony, the recent controversy generated by Republican congressman Virgil Goode’s...

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Airport Hesitant to Grant Muslim Prayer Room

January 3, 2007

Author: EMILY GURNON

Source: Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/local/16370149.htm

Somali immigrants passing through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport want a private place to say Muslim prayers. The airport suggests they share a room with people of other religions.

Like a new couple learning to dance, immigrants and their adopted countries often trip each other up, and the prayer-room issue is...

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"Religious Intolerance Does Not Exemplify Nation's Values," a Commentary by Bill Maxwell

January 3, 2007

Author: Bill Maxwell

Source: Ventura County Star

http://www.venturacountystar.com/vcs/opinion/article/0,1375,VCS_125_5252123,00.html

CHASE CITY, Va. -- The Christmas holidays brought me to southern Virginia, where Republican Rep. Virgil Goode recently made headlines.

When the majority of voters in most parts of the nation have told the GOP they are weary of blatant intolerance and crude attacks against people...

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Navy Chaplain Provides Diverse Array of Religious Services During Holiday Season

December 28, 2006

Source: Blackanthem Military News

http://www.blackanthem.com/News/military_2005122802.html

On December 28, 2006 Blackanthem Military News reported, "December is a month of celebration for multiple faiths, making the holiday season an extra busy time for chaplains in Iraq. Between Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the Islamic Hajj, Navy Capt. Vince Arnold, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) group chaplain, knows the importance of providing for all service members...

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Uncle Sam Wants US Muslims to Serve

December 27, 2006

Author: Richard Whittle

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1227/p03s01-usmi.html

WASHINGTON -- As US troops battle Islamic extremists abroad, the Pentagon and the armed forces are reaching out to Muslims at home.

An underlying goal is to interest more Muslims in the military, which needs officers and troops who can speak Arabic and other relevant languages and understand the culture of places like Iraq and...

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Japanese, Muslims Recall Racism

December 18, 2006

Author: Michael Manekin

Source: Tri Valley Herald

http://www.insidebayarea.com/trivalleyherald/ci_4859712

When the Imperial Japanese Navy swooped over Pearl Harbor 65 years ago and destroyed more than 2,400 American lives, Mas Yamasaki was watching a church basketball game in Sacramento.

He was 12, and he didn't know that he would soon live in a detention camp at Tule Lake - sleeping on an Army-issued mattress, braving the elements...

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Berkshire Mall Celebrates Hanukkah

December 18, 2006

Author: Benning W. De La Mater

Source: Berkshire Eagle

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/headlines/ci_4859360

LANESBOROUGH - Against the backdrop of holiday shoppers and neon advertising, a menorah was lit inside Berkshire Mall last night.

It was a "Menorah of Freedom," about the size of three humans, and organizers said that the public lighting ceremony was an opportunity for the local Jewish community to send a message of peace into the...

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