Interfaith

White House Compromises in Push for Faith-Based Initiative

November 9, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 9, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "the White House, seeking to salvage one of President Bush's top domestic priorities, has thrown its support behind a newly limited plan for faith-based organizations to provide some of the nation's social services. The administration's more modest approach breathed new life into its faith-based initiative, an effort that had stalled in the Senate but that backers say has become more urgent in the aftermath of Sept. 11."

American Academy of Religion Addresses Terrorism

November 9, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On November 9, 2001, The Denver Post reported that "sessions on Islam and on teaching religion in the wake of Sept. 11 will be among hundreds of topics at next week's international meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. About 8,000 religious scholars who teach in universities and seminaries in the United States and several other countries will attend... Two sessions were added to specifically address terrorism and the Afghanistan war...The academy has urged seminaries and universities...

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Outreach of Muslim Student Associations, On Campus and Beyond

November 8, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/1108/p14s1-ussc.html

On November 8, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor featured the article "Islam on Campus: In the limelight, Muslim students embrace pro-active role." The article reports, "as Muslim groups at hundreds of colleges and universities across the country work to create the Islamic umma (community), the devastating events of Sept. 11 have propelled many of them in a fresh direction - into a...

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State Department Releases New Journal

November 7, 2001

Source: No source given.

http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/itdhr/1101/ijde/ijde1101.htm

On November 7, 2001, the State Department released a new electronic journal on international religious freedom. The journal can be found online at http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/itdhr/1101/ijde/ijde1101.htm. The journal includes information from the International Religious Freedom Report issued by the State Department on October 26, 2001.

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Center for Religious Inquiry Offers Variety of Classes

November 6, 2001

Source: The Plain Dealer

On November 6, 2001, The Plain Dealer featured an article on the Center for Religious Inquiry in New York City, which is run by a Reform Rabbi in close partnership with the rector of New York's Episcopal St. Bartholomew's Church where the center has been housed since its founding in 1999. The center offers a "catalog of courses, seminars, lectures and foreign tours."

Lt. Govenor Visits Gurudwara

November 5, 2001

Source: The Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/110501/1152001dlw5sikhspeech.shtml

On November 5, 2001, The Appeal-Democrat reported that "California Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante brought a message of peace, unity and understanding to Yuba City...during a special visit to the Sikh temple...Bustemante's visit and the Sikh parade both marked the second day of celebrations to honor the gift of the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib...Bustamante said...

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Police and Clergy Meet In Ann Arbor

November 5, 2001

Source: The Ann Arbor News

http://aa.mlive.com/news/index.ssf?/news/stories/20011105a715amb1clergy05.frm

On November 5, 2001, The Ann Arbor News reported that "after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Ann Arbor police reached out to local Muslims. The move came during a national crisis, and new police Chief Dan Oates doesn't want to wait for such an event to meet again. 'That's a particular community that relies on the moral and spiritual...

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Rochester Interfaith Gathering: To Remember, To Unite

November 5, 2001

Source: The Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.rochesternews.com/1105story3.html

On November 5, 2001, The Democrat and Chronicle reported, "Many faiths seek unity amid conflict: Special rite in Rochester draws 120 worshippers." The event "began with the blowing of a Jewish shofar, followed by Buddhist bells and a Muslim call to prayer. They were at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church yesterday -- Christians, Jews, Muslims and representatives of other faiths -- to remember...

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Editorial on New Interest in Religious Diversity

November 4, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.religiousdiversityfaire.org

On November 4, 2001, the Los Angeles Times featured the editorial "A Readiness to Listen," which stated "interest in other faith traditions, particularly Islam, has increased exponentially. It's as though we've awakened from sleep to find ourselves suddenly confronting our ignorance about people of different faiths, both locally in our neighborhoods, workplaces and schools, and globally in faraway lands." The...

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Religious Websites Revived in Aftermath

November 1, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On November 1, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "for-profit religious Web sites appeared headed for the dot-com graveyard before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks sparked a nationwide spiritual revival, boosting attendance in churches and delivering millions of new visitors to God-focused Web sites." The article continued by addressing the question: "can the revival bring salvation to online religion?"

Atlanta Business Prayer Breakfast Includes Muslim Prayers

November 1, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On November 1, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "normally, the Atlanta Interfaith Business Prayer Breakfast will have business leaders read from the Old and New Testament. But this year...Fareed El Amin, an executive with H.J. Russell Construction Co., read from the Quran, the holy book of Islam, before a crowd of more than 1,500 local business leaders."

Cardinal Fears Vandalism Intended to Cause Rift

November 1, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On November 1, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "Cardinal Roger Mahony cautioned against a rush to judgment...after three Roman Catholic parishes were vandalized and a stolen statue of Father Junipero Serra was found at a mosque...The vandals could be taking advantage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to cause rifts within the two religions, the cardinal said at a press conference with Maher Hathout, director of the Islamic Center of Southern California."

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