Interfaith

Jewish-Muslim Relations Suffer in Aftermath of September 11

October 22, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 22, 2001 The New York Times reported "For Some Jewish Leaders, Partnership With Muslims Is a Casualty of Sept. 11 Attacks." The article described that "In several cities, rabbis and Jewish lay leaders have walked out of long-standing interfaith dialogues with Muslim leaders, complaining that the Muslims are condoning suicide bombing attacks against Israelis while condemning the attacks against the United States....Muslims, on the other hand, say Jewish groups are using the attacks as an excuse for putting Palestinian...

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Volunteer Efforts to Assist Muslim and Arab-American Women

October 22, 2001

Source: Salon.com

http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2001/10/22/women_of_cover/index.html

On October 22, 2001, Salon.com featured the story "Stand beside her" which reported on volunteer efforts to help Muslim and Arab-American women feel safe. In St. Louis, "Local volunteers have come forward to act as escorts for those who have been threatened, or feel threatened, by knee-jerk reactions to their clothing or appearance. Similar ad hoc programs have sprung up,...

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Texas Muslim Leaders Teach about Islam in Houston

October 21, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On October 21, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that "Islamic leaders gathered in Houston ...to show the true face of their religion...to a crowd of more than 350 at the University of Houston." The forum was "an effort to stem the scrutiny and discrimination that Muslims have faced since the Sept. 11 attacks attributed to Osama bin Laden...U.S. Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee promised Muslims support in Houston and from Congress.'We will stand with you and not against you,' she said. 'We will recognize that there is a separation...

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Meeting of Buddhist and Muslim Teens in Louisiana

October 21, 2001

Source: The Times-Picayune

On October 21, 2001 The Times-Picayune featured the article "Common ground: Muslim and Buddhist teens learn religious tolerance by talking about their differences." Buddhist and Muslim teens met for discussion at Al-Tawbah Mosque in Gretna, Louisiana. More meetings are planned for the future. The article quoted Lisa Lincoln of Soka Gakkai International USA and Dr. Mahmoud Sarmini, spokesman for the Muslim group: "Lincoln and Sarmini say such a program will go a long way in helping teen-agers of different backgrounds treat one...

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Americans Attempt to Educate Themselves about Islam and the Muslim World

October 21, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 21, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "long renowned both for collective indifference and relative ignorance about the rest of the world, Americans have been shocked out of their insularity by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Books about the Taliban, Palestinians and Islam are now top sellers as growing numbers of Americans, suddenly feeling vulnerable, try to arm themselves with information about issues and regions once deemed too complicated to grasp or too remote to affect them."

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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