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I Though This As Appropriate At This Time: Awareness

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Posted by Mohammad Isa Mirsiam on September 23, 2001 06:31:38 UTC

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/21/2001
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HEADLINES:
Muslim Passengers Kicked Off Flight
/Congressman "Apologizes"

* QUOTE OF THE DAY: CAL THOMAS
* MUSLIM PASSENGERS KICKED OFF NORTHWEST FLIGHT
* RACIAL PROFILING MAY GET WIDER APPROVAL BY
COURTS
* CONGRESSMAN "APOLOGIZES" FOR "DIAPER" REMARK
* LIST OF MUSLIMS KILLED OR MISSING IN WTC BOMBING
* MARYLAND ISLAMIC SCHOOL HOLDS OPEN HOUSE
* SCHOOL OFFICIALS URGED TO PREVENT HARASSMENT OF
MUSLIM STUDENTS
* PHOTO OF SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF WITH PRESIDENT BUSH

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Syndicated Columnist Cal Thomas: "America's enemies know us better than we know them. They take their faith in a false god more seriously than we take our faith in the true one." Sept. 17, 2001 http://news.crosswalk.com/religion

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MUSLIM PASSENGERS KICKED OFF NORTHWEST FLIGHT
Islamic group condemns airline's action as "racial and religious profiling"

(WASHINGTON-DC, 9/21/2001) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, today condemned an
incident on Thursday in Minneapolis, Minn., in which three Muslim passengers were kicked off a Northwest airlines flight because other
passengers refused to fly with them.

Media reports indicate that the three men, who all live in Utah and were on their way home from Philadelphia, were taken from a connecting flight
in Minneapolis. Northwest says that security rules say the airline has to "re-accommodate" passengers if their presence makes other passengers uncomfortable.

SEE: http://www.startribune.com/stories/1576/704367.html

"This is racial and religious profiling of the worst kind. Both the passengers and the airplane personnel should be ashamed of their actions," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. Awad added that CAIR has received more than 500 reports of anti-Muslim discrimination, including three deaths, following the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

There are an estimated seven million Muslims in America and some 1.2 billion worldwide.

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CONTACT: TEL: 202-488-8787 or 202-489-5108
E-MAIL - cair@cair-net.org

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RACIAL PROFILING MAY GET WIDER APPROVAL BY COURTS
By WILLIAM GLABERSON, The new York Times, 9/21/2001 http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/21/national/21PROF.html

Although racial profiling has been harshly criticized in states like New Jersey, courts in this country have never declared it legally dead.
Now, with law enforcement officials focusing on Arabs in the hunt for terrorists, legal experts say profiling may be authorized by judges
more definitively than ever before.

An emerging battle over racial profiling, like disputes over detainments of immigrants and proposals for increased wiretapping, is becoming a volatile part of the civil liberties debate over the country's response to the
attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon...

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CONGRESSMAN "APOLOGIZES" FOR "DIAPER" REMARK

The Associated Press reports that a Louisiana congressman has apologized for his comment that anyone with "a diaper on his head" should be
stopped and questioned.

Representative John Cooksey, a Republican who is planning to run for the Senate next year, said on Monday in a radio interview broadcast statewide,
"If I see someone come in and he's got a diaper on his head and a fan belt around that diaper on his head, that guy needs to be pulled over and
checked." Mr. Cooksey later said he was referring to Osama bin Laden. "I never intended to disparage loyal Americans of Arab descent," he said.

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LIST OF MUSLIMS KILLED OR MISSING IN WTC BOMBING

The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is compiling a list of Muslims who were killed or injured in the World Trade Center attack. The list, which is updated daily, may be obtained by calling 718-658-7028 or by e-mailing tariqhelpinghand@yahoo.com. (CAIR is compiling a similar list.)

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MARYLAND ISLAMIC SCHOOL HOLDS OPEN HOUSE

The Islamic Education Center (IEC) and Muslim Community School will hold an open house for people of all faiths on Sunday, September 23, between 5 and 7 p.m. The open house will feature a prayer session and a discussion of the
recent attacks in Washington and New York.

WHERE: 7917 Montrose Road, Potomac, Md.
CONTACT: 301-340-6713 or 301-340-6584

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SCHOOL OFFICIALS URGED TO PREVENT HARASSMENT OF MUSLIM STUDENTS

U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige has called on educators to take a leading role in the prevention of harassment and violence directed at
students perceived to be Muslim or Arab American. Citing news reports of acts of intolerance, Paige wrote to the leaders of the nation's schools,
colleges and universities urging them to take important steps to protect students from harassment and violence.

"We are all committed to making sure our children across America can attend school in a safe and secure environment free from harassment and
threats," Paige said. "Today, I call upon school officials to work with students, parents, and community groups, to ensure that harassment and violence have no place in our schools."

In his letter Paige urged school officials to make sure that assemblies, classroom discussions and other school activities held to honor victims
of the tragedies do not inadvertently foster the targeting of Muslim or Arab-American students for harassment.

Paige said educators should:

* Encourage students to discuss diversity constructively and to express disagreement over ideas or beliefs in a respectful manner;

* Have a system in place to intervene if particular students exhibit conduct that could endanger others; and

* Encourage all students to report threats of racial or ethnic harassment. Paige also took the opportunity to highlight the responsibilities of schools, colleges and universities to enforce Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI prohibits discrimination based on race, color or national origin by recipients of federal financial assistance.

"Working together," Paige wrote, "we can make sure that our children get a good education in a safe environment that does not tolerate violence or hatred."

CONTACT: Rodger D. Murphey, 202-401-0774

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PHOTO OF SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF WITH PRESIDENT BUSH
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/p/nm/20010921/pl/mdf56024.html

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