Christianity

Rev. Franklin Graham Criticizes Islam

November 20, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 20, 2001, The New York Times reported, "Muslim Group Seeks to Meet Billy Graham's Son." The article explained that the Council on American-Islamic Relations "sent a letter to the Rev. Franklin Graham, to discuss remarks that Mr. Graham, an evangelist, made describing Islam as evil....[The remarks were] made in an October interview broadcast on Friday on NBC's 'Nightly News.'" The article continued, "According to a transcript of the interview, Mr. Graham said Islam had attacked the United States on Sept. 11. He said...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving, 2001

November 19, 2001

Source: Newsday

On November 19, 2001, Newsday reported on a New York "trialogue" in the article "Different Religions, Common Goal - Peace." The article noted, "Harkening to the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, the minister [Rev. Arthur Caliandro] challenged the interfaith audience to likewise count every blessing in these trying days. Begging his pardon, the imam...interjected. 'This gives me a time to repeat that the Pilgrims were not my forebearers,' said Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid, leader of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Manhattan. 'That's...

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Muslim Groups and the White House: Criticism and Controversy

November 18, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47194-2001Nov17.html

On November 18, 2001, The Washington Post reported, "Bush's Courting of Some Muslims Criticized; White House Cautioned to Avoid Groups, Individuals Who Defend Terrorism." The article noted that "Jewish groups and some conservatives have been lobbying the president to stop courting certain Muslim leaders who, they say, have equivocated on terrorism by...

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Groups Use September 11 to Foster Hate

November 14, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On November 14, 2001, The Kansas City Star featured an article on "a two-year study recently released by the Center for New Community, a faith-based Chicago nonprofit group that monitors hate groups... The study's author said the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have been a boon, as many white-power organizations have tried to use the incidents to rouse anti-Semitic sentiment and latch onto anti-immigrant feelings that have sprung up in some parts of the country."

First African-American Head of US Catholic Bishops Elected

November 14, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On November 14, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported that "in a vote that church leaders called a sign of their growing diversity, the body representing the nation's Roman Catholic bishops elected its first African-American president yesterday. Bishop Wilton D. Gregory...will preside over the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the next three years."

Muncie Interfaith Roundtable

November 14, 2001

Source: The Star Press

http://www.thestarpress.com/Local_News/1114faith.html

On November 14, 2001, The Star Press reported, "Tragedy brings varied faiths together." It reported on a gathering of local Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Hindus: "The Muncie Interfaith Roundtable event was the first time in recent years that members of such varied religions in Muncie [IN] had gathered to share their beliefs and feelings about current events. This time they had good reason to...

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Op-Ed: "Christian in a Muslim World," by Julia Duin

November 12, 2001

Author: Julia Duin

Source: National Review Online

http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-duin111201.shtml

I first met Imad Shehadeh at a press conference — and an uncomfortable press conference at that. Several of us in the media, along with some Christian clergy, were sitting in a hotel room in Amman earlier this year listening to a Catholic and three evangelical Protestants talk about being Christian in overwhelmingly Muslim...

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Pacifist Religious Groups Respond to Support for Military Action

November 12, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On November 12, 2001, The Denver Post featured an article on traditionally pacifist relgious groups. "Their religions call for pacifism. Popular opinion calls for revenge. With America at war, balancing those opposing forces is complicated for many members of Quaker, Mennonite and Church of the Brethren congregations. Pastors of those denominations in the Denver area said some of their peace-minded parishioners have found it difficult to push for peace at a time when polls show as many 90 percent of Americans support the war."

National Council of Churches Faces Challenges

November 12, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On November 12, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "the greatest challenge facing the nation's largest ecumenical agency is not getting along with U.S. Muslims -- although terrorism, humanitarian relief and Muslim/Christian cooperation will be on the agenda when its General Assembly meets this week in Oakland..In recent years, the group has been struggling to reinvent itself, broaden its membership base and stay out of debt. Although the National Council of Churches encompasses 36 Protestant denominations and...

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Atlanta Mixed-Faith Couples Influenced by Terror Attacks

November 11, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On November 11, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution featured an article on "Atlanta couples where one partner is Muslim and the other is of a different faith. In interviews with four such couples, all said the events of Sept. 11 had a profound influence on their relationships. They've questioned each other about their cultures. Two couples said the attacks have brought them closer."

Airport Discrimination Against Sikhs, Muslims

November 10, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 10, 2001, The New York Times reported that Dr. Ahluwalia, an American Sikh who is chairman of the department of preventive medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, "had already passed through a metal detector and been scanned by a hand-held wand, setting off no warning beeps. So, he said, he was stunned when the guardsman told him to remove his turban...Sikh travelers say that since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks they have been singled out for questioning by the police and security workers at American...

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St Paul Muslims and Christians "Seek Common Ground"

November 10, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On November 10, 2001, the Star Tribune reported that "about 450 people met Thursday night at Luther Seminary in St. Paul [Minnesota] to seek common ground between the two faiths. Mark Swanson, director of the Islamic Studies Program at Luther, said, 'Muslims and Christians must work together in times of crisis.' He 'rejects' claims, he said, that the current situation is a clash between Christianity and Islam."

For Many, their Muslim Doctors are "the Face of Islam"

November 10, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On November 10, 2001, The Hartford Courant reported on "dozens of Muslim physicians in Greater Hartford -- and thousands across the country -- who are the face of Islam to many non-Muslims. For many Americans, Muslims in the healing professions may be the only Muslims they know...Dr. Shahid Athar of Indianapolis, president of the Islamic Medical Association of North America, said there are about 20,000 Muslim physicians in the United States...In the first few days after the attacks, Athar said, he got a couple of harassing phone...

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New Study Produces U.S. Religion Statistics

November 10, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.gc.cuny.edu/folio/index.htm

On November 10, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that "while much is made of America's spiritual renewal, the number of adults with no religious identification more than doubled in the past decade, according to a...study, released recently by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York...The survey fills a gap left by the U.S. Census, which does not ask about religion...The survey also found that:...

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