Interfaith

Interfaith Thanksgiving, 2001

November 17, 2001

Source: The Buffalo News

On November 17, 2001, The Buffalo News featured the story "More thankful than ever; A wounded nation counts its blessings with a feast of ecumenical services." The article noted, "This year, Thanksgiving may hold even greater religious meaning as Americans reflect on the terrorist acts of Sept. 11 and the changes in daily life that have taken place since then...Thanksgiving traditionally has been a popular time for people of different faiths to give thanks together for the blessings in their lives, their community and their country...

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Muslims Face Increased Attention and Scrutiny this Ramadan

November 16, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 16, 2001, The New York Times reported that "in past years, American Muslims say, they could celebrate...without their non-Muslim colleagues and neighbors ever noticing...[but] this will be a Ramadan unlike any other." American Muslims have witnessed "their religion, their beliefs and their behavior attract unprecedented scrutiny...Some of the attention is positive. The terrorist attacks have made some non-Muslims increasingly knowledgeable about and accepting of Islam...But some of the attention has heightened Muslims...

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AJC Protests CAIR's Participation in Civil Rights Conference

November 14, 2001

Source: The Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/templates/misc/printstory.jsp?slug=sfl%2Dptribal14nov14

On November 14, 2001, The Sun-Sentinel reported, "Jewish leaders try to block Islamic speaker at West Palm civil rights meeting." The article noted that leaders of the American Jewish Committee tried to block the participation of a panelist from the Council on American-Islamic Relations at the Florida Commission on Human Relations...

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Editorial: "We don't need a new wave of hysteria"

November 14, 2001

Source: The Tallahassee Democrat

http://web.tallahasseedemocrat.com/content/tallahassee/2001/11/14/opinion/1114.oped.ivins.htm

On November 14, 2001, The Tallahassee Democrat featured the editorial by Molly Ivins, "We don't need a new wave of hysteria." She wrote, "Our most valuable resource against terrorism in the long run will almost certainly be Arab Americans. Among them are the bravest of the brave. Look at why many of...

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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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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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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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Florida Sikhs Show Support, Invite Shalala

November 12, 2001

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/herald/content/news/local/broward/digdocs/014758.htm

On November 12, 2001 The Miami Herald reported, "Local Sikhs show support for America: UM president Shalala is guest at special service. "The congregation of the Sikh Society Temple of South Florida... presented a check for $8,500 for the United Way Sept. 11 fund to University of Miami President Donna Shalala....'We were all shocked by the Sept. 11...

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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."

Ramadan In America 2001

November 11, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times

On November 11, 2001, The Seattle Times reported that "the Islamic holy month begins later this week, and a community gathering in Redmond explored the event in words, song and food...About 250 people -- many of them families with children -- attended the event, organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Seattle chapter. The event was designed to help people gain a better understanding of 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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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."

"The Three Faiths:" War and the "Moral Use of Force"

November 9, 2001

Source: The Plain Dealer

On November 9, 2001, The Plain Dealer featured the article "Three faiths agree: War is hell; Mainstream Islam, Judaism and Christianity have developed similar principles on the moral use of force, but extreme elements in each faith have also distorted religious teachings with murderous results."

Annual Islamic Awareness Week at USF Takes on New Significance

November 9, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On November 9, 2001, the St. Petersburgh Times reported that "any other year, the events of Islamic Awareness Week at the University of South Florida would be an opportunity for USF Muslims to share what they know about one of the world's great religions. This year, though, the recent terror attacks have created an urgency to get their message out about the true meaning of Islam and counter what they say are misconceptions and distortions being fostered by fears and ill-informed media sources."

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