In Texas, 9/11 Memorials Marked by Interreligious Events

September 17, 2004

Source: The Austin Chronicle

On September 17, 2004 The Austin Chronicle reported, "in Austin, there were attempts to reach across religious and cultural divides; some results were impressive, some were mixed. At the state Capitol, people of the Islamic faith from around the state converged on the second annual Texas Muslims Legislative Day, an event sponsored by the Freedom and Justice Foundation (a Dallas-area organization dedicated to getting Muslims involved in the political process) and hosted by state Rep. Jerry Madden, R-Richardson. Billed as a 'homeland security event,' proceedings included an interfaith prayer with various Texas clergy for the victims of 9/11, a speech by a Muslim FBI agent, and an especially interesting talk by Steven McCraw, Texas' director of homeland security."