Christianity

Christian Men from Middle East Accused of Celebrating Terror Attacks

October 25, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 25, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that three men of Middle Eastern descent have been accused of celebrating in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The Police in Ashland, MA have investigated the rumors and are not pursuing the matter with charges. The article reported that "'We never did what they said," said Malhab, who moved here from Lebanon in 1998. 'Maybe we were happy, maybe we were singing, but it was not over what they said. I think people are afraid and assume these things because of the way we look...

Connecticut Interfaith Group Strengthened in Aftermath

October 24, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On October 24, 2001, The Hartford Courant featured an article on Richard Freund, director of the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, and an interfaith trip to Morocco he led with a group of Muslims, Christian and Jews. Freund described the trip as part of a forum "'to allow dialogue between Muslims, Christians and Jews to occur in this country.'" Since September 11, "the group felt its mission had become even more significant...Interfaith dialogue, he said, 'is the only way to save ourselves, the...

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Muslims in Lodi, California Find Support Amidst Hostility

October 21, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/10/21/MN7559.DTL

On October 21, 2001 The San Francisco Chronicle reported, "Long-term relationship with its Muslim community may help Lodi weather the recent spate of ... Fear and suspicion." The article noted that "Mindful of how Lodi's Japanese Americans disappeared into internment camps during World War II, residents didn't...

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For Display, Pastor WantsTraditions That Are "Part of America's Heritage"

October 21, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On October 21, 2001 The St. Petersburg Times reported "Pastor wants just two religions in display." The article explained, "A pastor organizing the drive to display the Ten Commandments at the Polk County administration building says people of religions other than Judaism and Christianity need not join the effort. Hindus and Muslims are not welcome on the organizing committee because their religious traditions are not part of America's heritage, said the Rev. Mickey P. Carter, pastor of the Landmark Baptist Church in Haines City...

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Joint Statement of Concern Regarding Civil Liberties

October 19, 2001

Source: American Muslim Council

http://www.amconline.org/cgi-bin/release/viewnews.cgi?newsid1003524666,86571,

On October 19, 2001. The American Muslim Council issued a press release stating that "The American Muslim Council, along with other groups of Christian, Muslim, and Unitarian Universalist religious organizations, sent a letter to Members of Congress and the Administration today expressing concerns over the civil liberties, including religious...

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Muslims in Laramie, Wyoming Find Bias and Kindness

October 18, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 18, 2001, The New York Times published the article, "Tough but Hopeful Weeks for the Muslims of Laramie." The article detailed the acts of both bias and kindness experienced by the small Muslim community of Laramie, Wyoming. It noted, "Laramie is where Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student, was beaten, tied to a fence post and left to die in 1998. But the town is now invoking Mr. Shepard's name as a call for tolerance to let Laramie's Muslims know they can live here without fear."

Christian Arab-Americans Also Face Harassment

October 15, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 15, 2001, The New York Times featured the story "Christian Arabs, too, are harassed." The article cited examples of vandalism and harassment of Arab-American Christians, as well as efforts to reach out to the larger community.

Milwaukee's Islamic Center Hosts Interfaith Forum

October 13, 2001

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

http://www.jsonline.com/religion

On October 13, 2001, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "about 180 people of many faiths and ethnic backgrounds gathere ...at Milwaukee's Islamic Center for the first of four forums the Milwaukee Association for Interfaith Relations is holding in response to the Sept.11 terrorist attacks...Panelists from Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist and Christian traditions each spoke for 15 minutes on their faith's teachings about...

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Islamic Studies Professor Speaks at Interfaith Forum

October 12, 2001

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On October 12, 2001, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi', a professor of Islamic Studies and co-director of the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Connecticut seminary, tried to explain the diversity within Muslim religion, culture and history...The forum, titled "Violence and the Sacred: An Interfaith Response to Recent Terrorism," attracted nearly 600 people."

Christian Tract Defaming Islam Distributed to Ohio Homes

October 12, 2001

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On October 12, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "some members of central Ohio's Somali community say they're irate about a Christian tract distributed in the Westerville area that attacks Islam. The tract, from Chick Publications in Ontario, Calif., is in cartoon form. Panels show Muslims...threatening to kill critics or vowing to topple Christianity and take over America. Other Chick publications assert ...certain Catholic practices were inspired by Satan or by pagans; and that Jews who reject Jesus will go to hell...

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