Interfaith

Multifaith, Interfaith Responses to Terrorist Attacks (October)

October 7, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On October 7, 2001, the The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "the terrorists who attacked the United States on Sept. 11 may have expected that their deeds would separate American Muslims from mainstream American society. The opposite occurred. A new era of interfaith dialogue has begun. People of many faiths have reacted to the attacks by inviting Muslims to pray with them and to teach them about Islam."

Americans Turn to Religion

October 6, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times

On October 6, 2001, The Seattle Times reported that "a survey by the Pew Research Center found that 69 percent of American adults say they have been praying more since the terrorist attacks."

Americans Turn to Religion

October 6, 2001

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On October 6, 2001, The Omaha World-Herald reported that "as Americans in greater numbers turn to churches, synagogues and mosques for answers to the incomprehensible horror, they may find that clergy, too, mourn. They, too, are not immune to questions and doubts in sorting out the ambiguities of life and faith...Pastors say they find support in the same places they tell others to find it - in prayer, in religious study, in their faith communities and in talking with others."

Multifaith, Interfaith Responses to Terrorist Attacks (October)

October 5, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On October 5, 2001, The Denver Post reported that "Buddhist teacher Judith Lief encourages people to move beyond fear and despair in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to live more fully...[and that] compassion will help [the] nation heal."

Americans Seek Understanding of Islam

October 5, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 5, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "sales of the Koran, the holy scripture of Islam, have quintupled in the United States since Sept. 11, according to the book's main US publisher...Purchasing the Koran appears to be one way that Americans are trying to understand what happened."

Muslim Leaders, Scholars, and Community Members Clarify that Terrorism is Contrary to Islam

October 5, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On October 5, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "Muslim students at Grossmont College [San Diego] countered misconceptions about their religion in the wake of recent terrorist attacks by educating their classmates about Islam." Also in the area at the University of California San Diego, "Muslim, Christian, Sikh and other student organizations rallied support for the Islamic community and tried to educate each other about the similarities and differences in their faiths."

Muslim Shopkeeper Killed in California: Suspected Hate Slaying

October 4, 2001

Source: The San Jose Mercury News

http://www0.mercurycenter.com/partners/docs1/019145.htm

On October 4, 2001, The Mercury News reported on the funeral of Abdo Ali Ahmed, a Yemeni-American shopkeeper killed in a suspected hate crime. The article reported that some 500 people came to the funeral, including "Quaker pacifists, Latino farmworkers, Sikhs and Christians joined the local Muslim community at the white-domed mosque, Fresno Masjid."

Americans Turn to Religion

October 4, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 4, 2001, The Boton Globe reported that "people of many religions have turned to faith to help cope with the pain of Sept. 11. In the weeks since the terrorist attacks on the United States, attendance at churches, synagogues and mosques south of Boston has swelled."

Interfaith Group Takes Stand Against Domestic Violence

October 4, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

On October 4, 2001, The Arizona Republic featured the editorial "Faith Finds Help for Abuse Victims" which stated that "Religious leaders are frequently the first persons a victim approaches for help, yet they are often poorly equipped to deal with the realities of abuse... The Religious Response to Domestic Violence, an interfaith task force drawn from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim congregations, seeks to change the climate of congregations so that victims find information, safety, and support in their faith communities; and...

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Calls for Peace

October 4, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On October 4, 2001, The Denver Post reported that in Boulder, CO "the Christians, Quakers and Hindus who rallied in front of the Army Recruiting Center on Wednesday said all of their faiths share one mandate: peace."

International Dimensions of "Backlash"

October 4, 2001

Source: Amnesty International

http://www.web.amnesty.org/ai.nsf/recent/ACT300282001?OpenDocument

On October 4, 2001, Amnesty International issued the press release, "Caught in the backlash: Human rights under threat worldwide in aftermath of September 11 attacks." The release cites a report by Amnesty International, which voices concerns about civil rights around the world and states, "Mosques, Hindu temples and community centres have been attacked and...

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Minnesota Islamic Institute Hosts Forum

October 3, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On October 3, 2001, the Star Tribune reported that "Twin Cities-area residents gathered Tuesday for a forum at the Islamic Institute of Minnesota in Maplewood to explore feelings, fears and the future following the Sept. 11 attacks. The forum [was] part of the Making the Global Local series...sponsored by the Star Tribune and Twin Cities Public Television."

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