Interfaith

Ringgold, GA: City Hall Hangs Religious Display

October 31, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On October 31, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that officials in the town of Ringgold, GA "have hung the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer and an empty frame in City Hall...fulfilling a unanimous City Council vote last month...The ACLU has submitted its own document --- a letter threatening a lawsuit...The empty frame, City Councilman Bill McMillon has said, is 'for those who believe in nothing. If they don't believe in [the other two], they can go stand in front of it and believe anything...

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Christian-Jewish Council Expands Membership to Include Muslims

October 30, 2001

Source: The Stamford Advocate

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/stamford/2001-10-30/article9.shtml

On October 30, 2001 The Stamford Advocate reported, "Council to admit two Muslim organizations, change name." The article noted, "To help promote understanding and tolerance after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Council of Churches and Synagogues of Southwestern Connecticut has admitted two Muslim organizations and intends to change its name to...

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Supreme Court Dismisses Objection to Moment of Silence in Schools

October 30, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 30, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that the Supreme Court "gave those who think public school children should be free to pray in classrooms a clear blueprint on how to promote that idea without violating the Constitution ...Without dissent, the court turned aside a constitutional challenge to a year-old Virginia law that requires every public school to start each day with 'one minute of silence' and specifies that students may use it, if they wish, to pray." The article also noted that "the court's action came as efforts...

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Panelists Tackle Issue of Backlash

October 28, 2001

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On October 28, 2001, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that think tank panelists addressed the question: "Why do scapegoats emerge in a national crisis?" The panel included speakers from a variety of backgrounds and religious traditions.

Muslim-Jewish Marriages Face New Difficulties

October 28, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 28, 2001, The New York Times featured an article on marriages in which one partner is Jewish and the other Muslim. "These are trying times for couples in which one partner is Muslim. Last month's attack is intruding into their relationships in subtle and not so subtle ways, unearthing latent prejudices in their communities." The article focused on the story of two different couples living in New York.

First "Gifts of Pluralism" Interfaith Conference Held in Kansas City

October 28, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On October 28, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported on the first area-wide interfaith conference in Kansas City. "The 'Gifts of Pluralism' conference, sponsored by the Kansas City Interfaith Council, attracted about 250 people from 14 faith groups...Participants told their faith stories and asked one another questions, meeting in pairs,...in small groups and over meals. They chose workshops of faiths they knew little about or were curious about. People stood along a wall in the crowded Islamic workshop. Some conceded that Sept....

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Japanese-Americans Speak Out Against Backlash

October 28, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 28, 2001, The New York Times featured an article on Senator Daniel K. Inouye's address to a gathering of "soldiers from the Army's famed 442nd Regiment Combat Team, the segregated Japanese-American unit in which Inouye served during World War II." The article reported that Inouye said he discussed his experiences with Muslim leaders and heard their concerns about the struggles of Muslims in America since the terrorist attacks. The group of veterans visited "the nation's memorial to the Japanese-Americans who fought and...

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New Book Offers "Spiritual Response to the Attack on America"

October 27, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.beliefnet.com

On October 27, 2001, the Los Angeles Times featured an article on the recent book From the Ashes: A Spiritual Response to the Attack on America. It "manages to succeed with a collection of thought-provoking essays, prayers, letters and interviews with some of the world's greatest religious thinkers drawn from a rich array of faith traditions...The collection was assembled by editors of the multifaith Internet site Beliefnet, and all...

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Buddhist Benefit Concert to Help Families of Terror Attack Victims

October 27, 2001

Source: The Los Angeles Times

On October 27, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported on a Buddhist benefit concert for the families of terror attack victims. The 2001 North American Buddhist Music Festival, held in Pasedena, "will feature 80 monks and nuns from the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastic Choir and the Taipei Municipal Chinese Classical Orchestra." Proceeds of the concert will be donated to the Red Cross. The web address of the local branch temple of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order is

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Chapel-to-Go for Diverse Military

October 25, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 25, 2001, The Boston Globe reported, "Army's Natick Labs designs Chapel-to-Go for all faiths." The article reports that "the 'containerized chapel,' as it is formally known, can be dropped out the back of a cargo plane and within six hours be transformed into a multi-denominational religious center catering to Christians, Jews, and Muslims." The article continued, "According to the latest Defense Department statistics, of the 470,000 soldiers in the Army, about 40 percent are Protestant, 20 percent are Catholic, while...

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Religious Leaders Gather at "Faith in the Face of Terror" Conference

October 25, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.faithandvalues.com

On October 25, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor reported on a conference in Washington, DC entitled 'Faith in the Face of Terror.'The article reported that "representatives of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity (with its major denominations) convened in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to place the terrorist attacks within a broader moral context and discuss how the faithful ought to respond...Each of the presentations at...

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Connecticut Interfaith Group Strengthened in Aftermath

October 24, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On October 24, 2001, The Hartford Courant featured an article on Richard Freund, director of the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, and an interfaith trip to Morocco he led with a group of Muslims, Christian and Jews. Freund described the trip as part of a forum "'to allow dialogue between Muslims, Christians and Jews to occur in this country.'" Since September 11, "the group felt its mission had become even more significant...Interfaith dialogue, he said, 'is the only way to save ourselves, the...

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Islamic Society of Boston Continues Outreach

October 23, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/cgi-bin/getasciiarchive?script/2001/10/23/p15s1.txt

On October 23, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor featured an article that described an event at the Islamic Society of Boston in Cambridge, MA intended to allow Non-Muslims to learn about Islam. The first such event attracted 700 people, and programs at the Society's mosque and elsewhere continue to attract many people curious...

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