American Academy of Religion Addresses Terrorism

November 25, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On November 25, 2001, The Denver Post featured an article on the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion where "in many of the hundreds of sessions, whether the subject was mythology or Egyptology, the conversation eventually turned to terrorism, Islam, war, peace and how the world's many religions can live with each other...A new book by Diana L. Eck, 'A New Religious America,' which chronicles religious practices in America, was the subject of a two-hour panel composed of people of several faiths...'The American ideal is that we are a pluralistic society,' Eck said during the discussion. She defined pluralism as the 'engaging of different religions in the creation of a common society and common culture'...Despite attacks on immigrants since Sept. 11, there have been huge displays of support for Muslims and other groups, including people encircling mosques to show their support."