Interfaith

Americans Turn to Religion

September 12, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On September 12, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported, "As the shock and horror of yesterday's terrorist attacks began to sink in, churches, synagogues and mosques opened their doors for formal services, shared petition and quiet meditation." The article also made note of an interfaith service with Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Columbia, Maryland. "Under the Star of David, Islam's crescent moon and other symbols of world religions, about 85 people prayed for the victims, their families - and for those responsible for the attacks. 'I...

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U.S. Sikhs Ask for Unity, Work for Increased Understanding

September 12, 2001

Source: Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force Press Release

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/latest_news.htm

On September 12, 2001, a press release from the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART) stated, "the Sikh American community would like to join their fellow Americans in condemning the horrific acts that took place on the morning of September 11, 2001. We are saddened by the tremedous loss of life...and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims."...

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Multifaith, Interfaith Responses to Terrorist Attacks (September)

September 12, 2001

Source: Newsday

On September 12, 2001, Newsday reported on religious responses to the terrorist attacks in New York City. "From Manhattan to Montauk, members of the clergy reached out to offer spiritual solace and words of comfort as the area searched for answers to yesterday's attacks. The area's faithful filed into churches, mosques and synagogues, murmuring prayers of hope for missing loved ones and those who are presumed dead." During the emergency, religious communities offered shelter and food. In the aftermath, they are planning blood drives and...

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Multifaith, Interfaith Responses to Terrorist Attacks (September)

September 11, 2001

Source: The InterFaith Conference of Metro DC Press Release

http://www.interfaith-metrodc.org/pressrelease091101.htm

On September 11, 2001, the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington issued a press release announcing their plans to gather "leaders and members of diverse faith traditions to pray together in this time of national crisis." Prayers will be held on September 13 at Georgetown University. "The public is invited to join people from the Baha'i, Hindu-...

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Rabbi Leads Politicians, Movie Stars in Campaign to Reduce Gossip

September 4, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.wordscanheal.com

On Tuesday September 4, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "a group headed by an Orthodox rabbi and backed by an array of US politicians and movie stars is launching a media campaign today to reduce gossip in everyday life...The National Education Association estimates that 160,000 children skip school each day because of intimidation by their peers." The group led by Rabbi Chiam Feld is called "Words Can Heal (http//:www.wordscanheal.com...

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DiIulio's Departure Bodes Ill for Faith-Based Initiative

August 21, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 21, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "the departure of John DiIulio [from the White House]...puts prospects for passage of President Bush's faith-based initiative in new peril...DiIulio, a Democrat, an academic, a onetime adviser to Al Gore, and director of Bush's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, had been expected to broker a bill with his friend, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman...that could garner enough Democratic support to pass the Senate. But the larger issue...may be whether religious...

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Existence of Islamophobia Denied; Muslims Object

August 21, 2001

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On August 21, 2001, the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported that "a prominent national Islamic advocacy group today called on Jewish groups to repudiate materials distributed at a Washington, D.C., news conference by B'nai B'rith International that claimed Islamophobia, the irrational hatred of Muslims and Islam, is an 'invention' that can never exist. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today's incident is but one of many attempts by pro-Israel extremists to vilify and demonize...

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Hindu Group Tries to Build Ties with Native Americans

August 20, 2001

Source: The Newspaper Today

http://www.thenewspapertoday.com/india/inside.phtml?NEWS_ID=24926

On August 20, 2001, The Newspaper Today reported that "the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is making serious efforts to forge close links with native American Indian groups, saying the two have 'many things in common,'" Sangh spokesman M.G. Vaidya said. "Both inherit the glory and wisdom of ancient traditions and respect mother earth and we all should work together to...

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A New Religious America

August 20, 2001

Source: No source given.

Diana Eck has been bringing the work of the Pluralism Project to a national audience this summer.  Some of the publications and sites that have articles about the book  or interviews with Diana include:

"One Nation under. . .which God"
Interview with Diana L. Eck in U.S. Catholic, September 2001 issue.
http://www.uscatholic.org/

India Abroad, August 18, 2001
"Faith Without Fences"
Arthur J. Pais
http://indiabroad.rediff...

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Hinduism Poorly Understood in America, Survey Shows

August 18, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10378-2001Aug14.html

On August 18, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "in a new survey of Americans' attitudes about Hindus, 666  people – two-thirds of those surveyed – said they have no familiarity with Hindu beliefs and practices...Members of the Hindu Leaders Forum...commissioned the survey...The Embassy of India estimates that 90 percent of [America's] 1.5...

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White House Report Finds Antireligious Bias in Federal Bureaucracy

August 17, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 17, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "despite attempts by Congress to encourage their participation, faith-based social service groups that seek federal funding are dissuaded by the 'antireligious bias' of too many government officials, a White House report asserted yesterday...The White House report...catalogued the steps that religious organizations have been forced to take in order to qualify for federal funds...Changing the antireligious culture of the federal bureaucracy will be a formidable task, [John]...

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