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Congressional resolutions acknowledging American Muslims: from 1999 to 2007

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Background:

Many congressional resolutions have been introduced into Congress. They have supported Islam as a major world religion, promoted tolerance towards Muslims, or acknowledging the holy lunar month of Ramadan -- when Muslims celebrate the God's communication of the Qur'an to humanity. Some resolutions passed. Others did not proceed, apparently because of inter-religious animosity.

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Topics covered in this section:

bulletSenate: Religious tolerance resolution, 1999; Acknowledgment resolution, 2000

bulletHouse resolutions of 2003 & 2005

bulletHouse resolution of 2007

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Apparent errors that have surfaced in some resolutions:

bulletNumbers of Muslims in the U.S.: In a 2000-AUG news release, the Arab American Institute mentioned that there are more than 6 million Muslims in the U.S. 1 Some Congressional resolutions specify similar numbers. These estimates are apparently based on the total number of persons who have emigrated to America from predominately Muslim countries. This value is highly controversial. Estimates from various sources range from a little over 1 million to over 6 million Muslims.
bulletNumber of monotheistic faiths: Senator Abraham referred to Islam as "one of the three great monotheistic faiths." He was apparently referring to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. There are really five major monotheistic faiths in the world, including the Baha'i Faith and  Sikhism. There are additional smaller monotheistic religions.

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Reference used in the preparation of this menu:

  1. "Senate passes resolution acknowledging American Muslims," http://usinfo.state.gov/cgi-bin/washfile/ This report is no longer online.

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Copyright 1999 to 2007, by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
First published on: 1999-DEC-15
Latest update: 2007-OCT-06
Author: B.A. Robinson

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