Islam

Increase in Hate Crimes in Texas

June 15, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 15, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "hate crimes reported in Texas rose 50 percent last year with dramatic jumps in those aimed at Arabs and Hispanics, the Texas Department of Public Safety reported."

Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 14, 2002

Source: The Interfaith Alliance

http://www.interfaithalliance.org/Newsroom/press/2002/020614.htm

On June 14, 2002, The Interfaith Alliance issued a press release regarding the comments made by Rev. Vines. "Dr. David Currie, Executive Director of Texas Baptists Committed and a board member with The Interfaith Alliance responded to Vines’ remarks with dismay, 'As a Southern Baptist, I find Rev. Vines’ words to be grossly inappropriate. They demonstrate...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 13, 2002

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/latestnews/stories/061302dnmetsbcmuslims.d5f78.html

On June 13, 2002, The Dallas Morning News reported "Baptist's slam on Muhammad repudiated by other faiths." The article noted that the statement about the Prophet Muhammad "was the most recent in a series of conservative Baptist comments and actions over the last 20 years or so that have antagonized one group or another." This included...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 13, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On June 13, 2002 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported "St. Louis clergy protest remarks on Islam made at convention." The article noted that "area religious leaders gathered at Christ Church Cathedral downtown Wednesday to call for a retraction of remarks made about Islam at the convention by the Rev. Jerry Vines, former president of the denomination. ... Local leaders of the Episcopal, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Presbyterian, United Methodist, Disciples of Christ, and Baptist faiths and other community leaders joined together...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 13, 2002

Source: People for the American Way

http://www.pfaw.org/news/press.asp?id=415

On June 13, 2002, People for the American Way issued a press release, "Bush Lauds Southern Baptist Convention After SBC Leader Denounces Religious Pluralism, Islam." The statement noted that, "On June 11, President George W. Bush addressed the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) via satellite. While Bush lauded the SBC for upholding the ideals of religious tolerance, civility and the...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 12, 2002

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/Rel_ChStSep_90/4112_90.asp

On June 12, 2002, The Anti-Defamation League issued a press release, "Baptist Leader's Remarks Offensive, Demeaning And Damaging." Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director issued a statement which noted that the recent comments attributed to Rev. Vines "'are offensive, demeaning, and damaging to the American ideals of religious diversity and intergroup civility. They strike a troubling...

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NCCJ Denounces Racial and Ethnic Profiling at Annual Meeting

June 12, 2002

Source: The Buffalo News

On June 12, 2002 The Buffalo News reported that "as government officials urge Americans to help uncover would-be terrorists, a national anti-bigotry group says those efforts must not include racial and ethnic stereotyping... Brian Foss, executive vice president of the National Conference for Community and Justice... was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the NCCJ's Western New York Regional Chapter at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo... Speaking before the event, Foss warned that racial and ethnic profiling are on the rise...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 12, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On June 12, 2002 The New York Times reported "Church Head Won't Repudiate Comments." The article noted that "the new head of the Southern Baptist Convention has rejected calls to repudiate what a Muslim group is calling 'bigoted' and 'hate-filled' statements made by one of its pastors. The Rev. Jack Graham, elected the convention's president on Tuesday, said the Rev. Jerry Vines' comments about Islam were 'accurate.' Vines, a former convention president, told conventioners at a pastors' conference Monday that many of this country...

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Muslim-Americans in Texas Organize their Political Voice

June 10, 2002

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/religion/stories/061002dnmetunity.ae9bb.html

On June 10, 2002 The Dallas Morning News reported "more than 7,000 attend Muslim political rally at Texas Stadium." The article continued, "Organizers said the event – the first in Texas – succeeded because of the fallout, both positive and negative, from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 'America has engaged in a colossal conversation...

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American Jewish and Muslim Comedy Duo Perform Across Nation

June 10, 2002

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/sitearchives/2002/6/10/local/comedy00610cci3.shtml

On June 10, 2002 The Orange County Register reported that "a Muslim and a rabbi make up a comedy team that hopes to build better understanding between communities with a little light-hearted fun... Two stand-up comedians, Rabbi Bob Alper and Ahmed Ahmed, will appear in an...

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