Interfaith Iftaar 2002

November 25, 2002

Source: Post-Gazette

On November 25, 2002 the Post-Gazette reported that "followers of Islam welcomed guests of all faiths to the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh last night with hospitality, prayer and a dinner that broke a daily fast during the month of Ramadan. Muslims believe that during Ramadan, the lunar month of peace, God revealed the Quran to the Prophet Mohammed. This year, Ramadan began Nov. 6 and will end Dec. 5. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset as a way to develop patience, self-control and a deeper connection with God. Last...

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Habitat for Humanity to Use Interfaith Coalition to Build Home

November 25, 2002

Source: Connecticut Post

On November 25, 2002 the Connecticut Post reported that "Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bridgeport [CT], using for the first time, an interfaith coalition of support, will have a two-story, four-bedroom house for Sundus, her parents and five siblings sitting on the property. Salem Lutheran will be teamed with members of Al-Aziz Islamic Center, Congregations B'nai Israel and Rodelph Sholom and Shiloh Baptist Church, all of Bridgeport, and Congregation Beth El of Fairfield. Habitat executive director Bob Knebel said the organization...

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FBI Reports Rise of Hate Crimes against Muslims Post 9/11

November 25, 2002

Source: FBI National Press Office

On November 25, 2002 FBI National Press Office issued a press release stating that "The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI's) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program today released the final hate crime data for 2001 in its annual publication, Hate Crime Statistics. During 2001, state and local law enforcement agencies reported to the FBI 9,730 incidents which involved 11,451 separate...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 24, 2002

Source: The Argus,1413,83%257E1971%257E1010917,00.html

On November 24, 2002 The Argus reported that "more than 40 years ago, three Protestant churches of different denominations came together in the name of unity for a Thanksgiving service. It was a progressive step at the time, said Don Anderson, former pastor of First Christian Church, one of the churches that met in 1961. During the 1960s, more churches...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 23, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On November 23, 2002 The New York Times reported that "Diana L. Eck, professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard University, where she is director of the Pluralism Project, has enjoyed many an interfaith Thanksgiving with Christian, Jewish and Muslim friends, 'all comfortable with prayer and thanksgiving,' she said, 'since we have had many holidays together,...

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Interfaith Soup Kitchen

November 23, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On November 23, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "the chaplain, Imam Johari Abdel-Malik, challenged the Rev. Graylan Hagler to work with him on an interfaith charity project in Washington. Abdel-Malik said he could provide food and volunteers for an effort to feed the needy. Could Hagler provide a place for them to serve the meals? This week, as a result...

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"What Would Jesus Drive?"

November 22, 2002

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On November 22, 2002 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "prominent Christian and Jewish leaders called this week on the auto industry and their own congregations 'to recognize that transportation choices are moral choices' because of 'the extraordinary impact they have on God's creation and God's children.' In an open letter to auto executives, and in meetings Wednesday at...

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Interfaith Iftaar 2002

November 21, 2002

Source: The Tucson Citizen

On November 21, 2002 The Tucson Citizen reported that "about 100 Muslims and Methodists from St. Francis in the Foothills congregation sat together to celebrate iftar - breaking of the Ramadan fast - at the Islamic Center of Tucson... A few Jews also were on hand."

Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 21, 2002

Source: The Oregonian

On November 21, 2002 The Oregonian reported that "members of many faiths will talk and read at the fifth annual gathering Sunday in Hillsboro. Now in its fifth year, the Washington County Interfaith Thanksgiving Service started with readings from the Christian, Jewish, Baha'i and Unitarian Universalist faiths. Last year, in an effort to reach out to the Muslim community after the Sept. 11 attacks, the service added a reading from the Qu'ran. Reader Shahriar Ahmed, president of the Bilal Mosque Association of Beaverton, is...

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Rabbi and Imam Team Up to Educate Middle and High School Students

November 18, 2002

Source: Newsday,0,6849177.story

On November 18, 2002 Newsday reported that "Rabbi Steven Moss is chairman of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission. Nayyar Imam is president of the Islamic Association of Long Island. They teamed up to educate high school and junior high school students about the importance of not judging someone based on race, religion or ethnicity. Friday...

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Update: Arson at Gobind Sadan

November 18, 2002

Source: The Post-Standard

On November 18, 2002 The Post-Standard reported that "on Nov. 18 last year, two Oswego County teens set the fire, after they and two others vandalized it because the four thought the Sikhs supported Osama bin Laden and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, authorities have said. All four were convicted of a hate crime. The incident...

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Protest in Manhattan Against Post 9/11 Racial Profiling

November 17, 2002

Source: Newsday,0,1061345.story

On November 17, 2002 Newsday reported that "about 200 people marched yesterday in lower Manhattan against the government's post-Sept. 11 treatment of immigrants, in a short-lived rally that quickly melted in the cold rain. Wearing signs such as 'Stand Against Racial Profiling,' demonstrators sloshed from One Police Plaza about four blocks to...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 16, 2002

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

On November 16, 2002 The Salt Lake Tribune reported that "clergy representing a variety of religious groups will participate in the National Conference for Community and Justice's 13th annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service on Nov. 24, at the Cathedral of the Madeleine [UT]... It will include readings from the Calvary Baptist Church, Congregation Kol Ami, the Episcopal Church, the Buddhist community, the Baha'i Faith, the American Indian Spirituality Faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Society of...

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Faith-Based Initiatives Blocked in Senate

November 15, 2002

Source: Religion News Service

On November 15, 2002 Religion News Service reported that "the White House has pronounced President Bush's cherished faith-based initiative dead in the Senate and blamed Democrats for killing the plan because of misplaced civil rights concerns. The plan's chief Republican sponsor, Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, tried to bring the measure to the Senate floor Thursday (Nov. 14) for unanimous...

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