Americans Turn to Religion

September 12, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On September 12, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported, "As the shock and horror of yesterday's terrorist attacks began to sink in, churches, synagogues and mosques opened their doors for formal services, shared petition and quiet meditation." The article also made note of an interfaith service with Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Columbia, Maryland. "Under the Star of David, Islam's crescent moon and other symbols of world religions, about 85 people prayed for the victims, their families - and for those responsible for the attacks. 'I cannot imagine the bleakness of soul...and I feel compelled to pray for those souls as well,' said the Rev. Victoria Weinstein of Channing Memorial Church." The article quoted the president of the Islamic Society of Baltimore, Omar Mustafa, as saying in response to the terrorist attacks, "'This is an act of godless men. It is not an act of men with any concept of God.'"