Interfaith

Muslims in New Orleans Teach about their Faith

October 21, 2001

Source: The Times-Picayune

On October 21, 2001, The Times-Picayune featured an article that began "for Muslims in New Orleans, these are doubly trying times. They are Americans, horrified and grieving over an attack on their home. And they are religious suspects, at pains to explain their faith, one of the world's oldest, most devout and most peaceful religions. Here is the Islam they know." The article describes Islam as it was described to congregants at an open-house event at the Bilal Ibn Rabah Islamic Center in New Orleans.

For Display, Pastor WantsTraditions That Are "Part of America's Heritage"

October 21, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On October 21, 2001 The St. Petersburg Times reported "Pastor wants just two religions in display." The article explained, "A pastor organizing the drive to display the Ten Commandments at the Polk County administration building says people of religions other than Judaism and Christianity need not join the effort. Hindus and Muslims are not welcome on the organizing committee because their religious traditions are not part of America's heritage, said the Rev. Mickey P. Carter, pastor of the Landmark Baptist Church in Haines City...

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American Sikhs Reach Out, Educate about their Faith

October 20, 2001

Source: The Virginian-Pilot

http://www.pilotonline.com/news/nw1020sikh.html

On October 20, 2001 The Virginian-Pilot featured the article "Sikhs: Followers of faith promote peace." The article reported on the outreach efforts of the local Sikh community. "'This is a very delicate and trying time for Sikhs,' said Jagdish A. Singh, who heads the area's foundation. 'Some people may be shaving their beards and removing turbans out of fear of being considered [members of the]...

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Joint Statement of Concern Regarding Civil Liberties

October 19, 2001

Source: American Muslim Council

http://www.amconline.org/cgi-bin/release/viewnews.cgi?newsid1003524666,86571,

On October 19, 2001. The American Muslim Council issued a press release stating that "The American Muslim Council, along with other groups of Christian, Muslim, and Unitarian Universalist religious organizations, sent a letter to Members of Congress and the Administration today expressing concerns over the civil liberties, including religious...

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Muslims in Laramie, Wyoming Find Bias and Kindness

October 18, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 18, 2001, The New York Times published the article, "Tough but Hopeful Weeks for the Muslims of Laramie." The article detailed the acts of both bias and kindness experienced by the small Muslim community of Laramie, Wyoming. It noted, "Laramie is where Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student, was beaten, tied to a fence post and left to die in 1998. But the town is now invoking Mr. Shepard's name as a call for tolerance to let Laramie's Muslims know they can live here without fear."

Japanese-Americans Speak Out Against Backlash

October 18, 2001

Source: The KCRA Channel

http://www.thekcrachannel.com/sac/news/localnews/stories/news-localnews-102172820011018-181052.html

On October 18, 2001, The KCRA Channel in Sacramento reported, "Japanese-Americans Join Fight Against Hate Crimes: Groups Band Together To Decry Arab, Sikh And Muslim Hate Crimes." The article reported on backlash, including an incident in which a local mosque was blockaded by tractors. "'Sixty years ago,...

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Scarves Show Solidarity

October 18, 2001

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/nw/terror2001/scarf18_20011018.htm

On October 18, 2001, The Detroit Free Press reported "dozens of non-Muslim women at Wayne State have chosen to wear hijab...in defense of Muslims harassed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The university is the latest to join a growing worldwide campaign urging non-Muslim women to show support by wearing hijab. 'Scarves for Solidarity' events have been held in...

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Buffalo Religious Leaders Organize Interfaith Rally Against Racism

October 15, 2001

Source: The Buffalo News

http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20011015/1021485.asp

On October 15, 2001, The Buffalo News reported that "the interfaith 'Banners Against Racism' rally Sunday afternoon united about 30 local faith leaders and hundreds of others in an unprecedented community-wide effort to confront racism in the Buffalo Niagara region...Before singing a powerful song of peace, Cantor David Goldstein of Temple Beth Zion noted that 'racism - in its...

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Christian Arab-Americans Also Face Harassment

October 15, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 15, 2001, The New York Times featured the story "Christian Arabs, too, are harassed." The article cited examples of vandalism and harassment of Arab-American Christians, as well as efforts to reach out to the larger community.

Muslim Scholar and Civil Rights Leader Notes Changes in America

October 13, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On October 13, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Agha Saeed has received a tremendous number of invitations to speak on Islam since the terrorist attacks of September 11. "As a professor at the University of California at Berkeley...he teaches a full load of courses...; as the head of the American Muslim Alliance, Saeed runs a civil rights organization that has 7,000 members and 95 chapters...Born and raised in Pakistan, Saeed says he has seen two examples of U.S. character in the month since the Sept. 11...

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