Interfaith

In the U.S.: Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs, South Asians Face Threats, Violence (September 17 - October)

September 19, 2001

Source: The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)

http://www.mcall.com/html/news/top/a_pg009a9_5hindu.htm

On September 19, 2001, The Morning Call reported that "Members of several groups representing area Indian-Americans met with U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey Tuesday to discuss reported incidents of verbal abuse and harassment against their people since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States." The diverse group noted, "Indian-Americans of every religion...are proud U.S...

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In the Schools: Harassment and Unity

September 19, 2001

Source: Department of Education

http://www.ed.gov/PressReleases/09-2001/09192001c.html

On September 19, 2001, the Department of Education issued the statement "School Officials Urged to Prevent Harassment of Muslim and Arab-American Students." U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige said, "We are all committed to making sure our children across America can attend school in a safe and secure environment free from harassment and threats...Today, I call upon school officials to...

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Acts of Support and Solidarity Following the Backlash

September 18, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On September 18, 2001, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on letters from local school children, sent to the President, the rescuers, and to children at Al-Salam Day School, a local Muslim school that had closed due to threats. The article reported, "Riverview Gardens schools Superintendent Chris Wright told school principals that the recent terrorist acts, which have been linked to Islamic extremists, offered students a chance to learn about American values as well as about discrimination against Arab-Americans or Muslims...

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Acts of Support and Solidarity Following the Backlash

September 18, 2001

Source: Al-Hewar Web Site

http://www.alhewar.com/september_11_condolences.htm

The Al-Hewar Center is maintaining a comprehensive web site which includes statements regarding the terror attacks and the backlash that followed. As noted on the site: "America will rebuild her buildings, but the real challenge is to keep her spirit of tolerance alive." The Al-Hewar Center describes itself as "an independent forum for...

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In the Aftermath: Reaching Out, Offering Assistance and Correcting Misconceptions

September 18, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On September 18, 2001, The St. Petersburg Times reported on the local Muslim community's proactive approach after the terror attacks. "Local Muslim leaders were quick to react against a backlash by expressing public support of the victims and condemnation of the terrorism. They took out full-page newspaper ads, 'A Message from Your Muslim Neighbors,' wrote editorials and showed up in full force to give blood. Sunday night, Muslim leaders invited local Christian churches to a prayer session at the Islamic school in Temple Terrace...

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Religious Communities and Advocacy Organizations Issue Statements Regarding Backlash, Scapegoating

September 18, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47099-2001Sep17.html

On September 18, 2001, The Washington Post published the editorial, "The stars are suddenly too few." The editorial, a joint statement from diverse religious leaders, states: "We commit to celebrate the shared beliefs that bind us -- especially the sanctity of all human life -- while we honor the differences that have called us on separate paths to the same...

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Editorials Regarding Backlash, Scapegoating: (Sept 17 - October)

September 18, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.arizonarepublic.com/opinions/articles/0918prothero18.html

On September 18, 2001, The Arizona Republic published Steven Prothero's editorial, "Intolerance deeply rooted in ignorance of religions." It read, in part: "Times like these no doubt call for tolerance. All Americans need to be reminded that we are a nation not only of immigrants but also of religions, that Muslims and Sikhs are as welcome here as are...

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Religious Communities and Advocacy Organizations Issue Statements Regarding Backlash, Scapegoating

September 18, 2001

Source: ISNA and NCCCUSA

On September 18, 2001, the National Council of Churches of Christ USA (NCCCUSA) and the Islamic Society of North America reported on the Interfaith statement: "Deny them their victory: A religious response to terrorism." The statement noted, "We assert the vision of community, tolerance, compassion, justice, and the sacredness of human life, which lies at the heart of all our religious traditions. America must be a safe place for all our citizens in all their diversity." Statement, with signatures, on...

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Americans of All Faiths Seek Solace, Understanding After Terror Attacks

September 17, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On September 17, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "On the first Sunday after last week's devastating terrorist attacks, preachers told standing room-only crowds that God had no hand in the nation's horrendous loss. Their sermons stressed that punishment -- not revenge -- is appropriate, and many cautioned against making any ethnic or religious group the scapegoat. 'We must remember that evil does not wear a turban, a tunic, a yarmulke or a cross. Evil wears the garment of a human heart, a garment woven from the threads of...

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