Christianity

Interfaith Thanksgiving, 2001

November 30, 2001

Source: The Times-Picayune

On November 30, 2001, The Times-Picayune featured the article "Giving thanks to the Sikhs." It noted, "St. Philip Community Center wishes to thank the members of the Sikh community of New Orleans ... for their generous contribution of food baskets which provided Thanksgiving meals to many families in need. The Sikh community of New Orleans has been supporting this cause for the past 13 years." The St. Philip Community Center operates under the auspices of the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Southern Baptist Convention's Leader: Pray for Conversion of Muslims

November 28, 2001

Source: Newsday

On November 28, 2001, Newsday reported, "Southern Baptist Call to Prayer; Group's leader asks vigil, hopes for religious conversions of Muslims." The article noted that, "In past years, Southern Baptists have prayed for the conversion of Jews and Hindus on the holy days of those faiths, often provoking anger and consternation." The article indicated concerns from Muslim leaders such as Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations: "Hooper noted that Merritt's call comes at a difficult time for American Muslims, when many are...

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Arson at New York Sikh Center, Gobind Sadan USA

November 27, 2001

Source: Gobind Sadan USA

http://www.gobindsadan.org/gsusa/messagetoamerica.shtml

On November 27, 2001, Baba Varsa Singh ("Babaji"), founder of Gobind Sadan, offered a "Message to America" about the suspected arson. "'Perhaps this is God's way of giving us the opportunity of bringing people of all faiths together to share in rebuilding this sacred house of God and making it an even more beautiful place.'" He offered thanks and cited the ways in which the community has...

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Baltimore Interfaith Events Continue

November 27, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On November 27, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported that "since the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, interfaith exchanges have been on the rise, with many Baltimore-area Christians and Jews trying to increase their understanding of Islam as mosques have begun opening their doors to visitors. Those encounters continue this week as the Institute for Christian...

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Southern Baptist Convention's Leader: Pray for Conversion of Muslims

November 27, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 27, 2001, The New York Times reported "Baptist Head Urges Prayers for Muslim Conversion." The article noted, "Mr. Merritt said Baptists should pray for Muslim conversions on Dec. 16, at the end of Ramadan." The article continued, "Calling Christianity 'the only true religion,' Mr. Merritt said that 'every other religion gives a false hope of having a relationship with God.' 'That's not what I say,' he added. 'That's what Jesus says.'"

Southern Baptist Convention's Leader: Pray for Conversion of Muslims

November 26, 2001

Source: SBC Baptist Press News

http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?ID=12242

On November 26, 2001, The SBC Baptist Press News reported, "Merritt calls on Baptists to fast and pray on last day of Ramadan." The article quoted James Merritt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention: "'I call on all our Southern Baptists to pray and fast that God will miraculously and supernaturally reveal himself through Jesus Christ to Muslims on that day ... We need to fast because we do believe...

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Non-Muslim Teachers and Students at Muslim Schools

November 25, 2001

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0111250380nov25.story?coll=chi%2Dnewsnationworld%2Dhed

On November 25, 2001, The Chicago Tribune featured the article, "Different faiths, common bond" about the positive and broadening experiences of non-Muslim students and teachers in local Muslim schools. "Although Christian teachers are a presence in almost every Muslim school, Christian...

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Rev. Franklin Graham Criticizes Islam

November 24, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On November 24, 2001, The Star Tribune reported, "The Rev. Franklin Graham said in Minneapolis this week that he is concerned with the way Islamic law is enforced in several countries, and not with the people or the faith itself." However the article continued by quoting Graham as saying, "'I believe it is a very evil and wicked religion,'" with reference to Islam. "Aly R. Abuzaakouk, executive director of the American Muslim Council, said that Graham's remarks have caused pain and confusion 'and are in stark contrast to the unity and...

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Interfaith Services Raise Questions for Clergy Members

November 24, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On November 24, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "the events of Sept. 11 prompted an unprecedented number of interfaith services nationwide, featuring leaders of different religions praying for peace and remembering the more than 4,100 terrorist attack victims. But some religious leaders have questioned the appropriateness of their clergy participating in such gatherings...'The basic question is: Does my participation enhance my witness of Jesus Christ or obscure it?' said the Rev. Karl K. Schmidt, pastor of Bethany...

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Rev. Franklin Graham Criticizes Islam

November 24, 2001

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On November 24, 2001, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured the editorial "Casualty of War; Franklin Graham's comments strain religious tolerance." It reads, in part: "Religious leaders of all stripes are entitled to their theology. What they should bear in mind is that if they insist on saying things that antagonize millions of their neighbors, they won't be known as paradigms of tolerance and peace -- or enlisted as unofficial presidential chaplains."

Chicago Muslims Plan Ramadan Display

November 24, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 24, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Chicago Muslims plan to mark the current holy month of Ramadan by building a minaret display at Daley Plaza in early December, joining Christians and Jews as they decorate the public square for their holidays. The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago has preliminary approval to build a 30-foot reproduction of the tower used to call Muslims to prayer and an illuminated crescent moon affixed to a dome. The display will stand alongside a Hanukkah menorah and...

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Ramadan and Thanksgiving

November 23, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 23, 2001, The New York Times featured a story on the Bashir family who, in observance of Ramadan "waited until sunset... [before] they gathered around the dining room table with other relatives, Muslim, Christian and Jewish, offering thanks in their suburban Chicago home... While some Muslim Americans believe that Thanksgiving conflicts with their religion, many, like the Bashirs, observe the holiday, saying that, of all the American holidays, Thanksgiving is most in harmony with the teachings of Islam."

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