Christianity

Congressman John Cooksey on Racial Profiling

September 20, 2001

Source: The American Muslim Council

http://www.amconline.org/cgi-bin/release/viewnews.cgi?newsid1001025928,13364,

On September 20, 2001, Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy of the Interfaith Alliance wrote an open letter to Representative Cooksey. The letter read, in part: "Already we have seen an outbreak of violent attacks on people whose only guilt was that of wearing a turban or a beard. We know all too well what explosive rhetoric does in a tense situation...

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Acts of Support and Solidarity Following the Backlash

September 20, 2001

Source: Episcopal News Service

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/ens/2001-264.html

On September 20, 2001, The Episcopal News Service detailed some of the grassroots efforts and practical help being offered by Episcopalians in the wake of the backlash. "Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold issued a request...to promote contacts with Muslim neighbors. 'As interfaith services are planned, please make every effort to include Muslim as well as Jewish (and other) voices...[and] reach...

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Editorials Regarding Backlash, Scapegoating: (Sept 17 - October)

September 20, 2001

Source: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

On September 20, 2001, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram published an editorial by Bud Kennedy regarding statements made during a town prayer service called "Community United." The editorial noted, "On the national day of prayer intended to unite us as one America against evil and international terrorism, a Baptist pastor said he's sure glad he doesn't have to pray with any Muslims...The Burleson Star newspaper quoted Pastor Milburn: 'Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, not multiple deities or Allah.'" Others who...

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Islamic Scholars Condemn Terror Attacks and Speak Out about Islam

September 19, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 19, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported on the common roots of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity and aimed to dispel some misunderstandings about Islam. "'People tend to think of what's happening now --- the Taliban and bin Laden --- in terms that are purely religious,' said John Iskander, assistant professor in religious studies at Georgia State University. 'They de-politicize what's happening and focus entirely on Islam. They ask, Is Islam a violent religion?...The answer is yes and...

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Multifaith, Interfaith Responses to Terrorist Attacks (September)

September 19, 2001

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On September 19, 2001, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "Christian, Muslim and Jewish clergy will lead a prayer service tomorrow at noon in Market Square to mourn those killed in the terrorist acts of Sept. 11 and to pray for survivors, rescuers and world peace." The article noted that, "The clergy of Pittsburgh want to give the entire community an opportunity to gather, mourn and move toward healing and reconciliation."

Religious Communities and Advocacy Organizations Issue Statements Regarding Backlash, Scapegoating

September 18, 2001

Source: ISNA and NCCCUSA

On September 18, 2001, the National Council of Churches of Christ USA (NCCCUSA) and the Islamic Society of North America reported on the Interfaith statement: "Deny them their victory: A religious response to terrorism." The statement noted, "We assert the vision of community, tolerance, compassion, justice, and the sacredness of human life, which lies at the heart of all our religious traditions. America must be a safe place for all our citizens in all their diversity." Statement, with signatures, on...

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In the Aftermath: Reaching Out, Offering Assistance and Correcting Misconceptions

September 18, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On September 18, 2001, The St. Petersburg Times reported on the local Muslim community's proactive approach after the terror attacks. "Local Muslim leaders were quick to react against a backlash by expressing public support of the victims and condemnation of the terrorism. They took out full-page newspaper ads, 'A Message from Your Muslim Neighbors,' wrote editorials and showed up in full force to give blood. Sunday night, Muslim leaders invited local Christian churches to a prayer session at the Islamic school in Temple Terrace...

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