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January 17, 2002 | From Associated Press
The military government scrapped an electoral system that discriminated against religious minorities, announcing a major reform Wednesday that frees non-Muslims to vote along with the Islamic majority. The government also dramatically increased the number of seats in the National Assembly, the powerful lower house of parliament, to broaden representation, the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan reported. It quoted Tanwir Hussain, chairman of the National Reconstruction Bureau.
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November 26, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Results of an independent probe into allegations that an Orange Coast College instructor vilified his Muslim students are expected to be released this week, with findings certain to draw intense scrutiny nationwide from Islamic groups and watchdogs for academic freedom. The Orange County Department of Education has been conducting the investigation.
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November 17, 2001 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, two thoughts have become increasingly clear to Thousand Oaks engineer Nabil Mohamed: He hates Osama bin Laden and he hates the Taliban. Both sentiments were on his mind Friday as he finished Ramadan prayers at the Islamic Center of Conejo Valley and headed back to work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Santa Barbara County supervisors placed County Administrator Michael F. Brown on a two-week, unpaid leave because at a managers' meeting Nov. 2 he reportedly referred to all Muslims as terrorists.
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June 28, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A California affiliate of Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian group, held a protest Wednesday outside the Saddleback Valley Unified School District headquarters, decrying the district's decision to ban service clubs in order to avoid recognizing a Christian group. "It's outrageous," said state Sen. Bill Morrow (R-Oceanside), who called on school board members to reverse the decision or step down.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2001 | Associated Press
A federal jury on Monday awarded $100,000 to a fired BellSouth Corp. employee. BellSouth said Jeffrey Bander was fired in 1999 because he failed to follow proper procedures for taking time off. But Bander, an Orthodox Jew, claimed he was fired for growing a beard and wearing a yarmulke in January 1998 as part of the mourning ritual after his son was killed by a drunk driver.
NEWS
June 4, 2001 | From Associated Press
A bomb exploded inside a Catholic church during Mass on Sunday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 25 others in southwestern Bangladesh, police said. Nine worshipers died instantly in the Christian Mission Church in Baniarchar, 100 miles southwest of the capital, Dhaka. Another died on the way to hospital. "I was deep into prayer when I heard a big bang. The hall was engulfed in smoke. Everyone was screaming," said Hubert Bairagi, one of the survivors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2000 | Associated Press
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued a company for firing a Muslim worker who refused, for religious reasons, to shave his beard. ABB Alstom Power/Integrated C-E Services fired Faieclice Bey of Pittsburgh on March 5 for violating its rule that employees must remain cleanshaven so that half-face respirator masks will remain sealed to their skin, the lawsuit states.
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September 11, 2000 | ROSS K. BAKER, Ross K. Baker is a professor of political science at Rutgers University
No politician ever lost by standing up too tall for religion. This imperative lurks behind a mischievous piece of legislation with the curious title "the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act," which passed both houses of Congress almost by acclamation and is headed for certain presidential signature. It is a bill that would cause James Madison and the other authors of the Constitution who abominated government meddling in religion to gyrate in their crypts.
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