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Southern Baptist Convention's Leader: Pray for Conversion of Muslims

December 1, 2001

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On December 1, 2001, The Dallas Morning News reported that "the Southern Baptist Convention called for Baptists to pray and fast for Muslims' conversion to Christianity on the final day of Ramadan. Meanwhile, there is a growing movement among some Christians to respect and observe Islam's holiest month." These links provide further information on the "Southern Baptist Convention" and Christians "Respecting Ramadan "

UCLA Muslims and Jews Come Together for Ramadan

December 1, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 1, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that Muslim and Jewish students at UCLA gathered for the daily breaking of the Muslim students' fast for Ramadan, and ate a kosher meal together. "The joint iftar celebration... reflected a burgeoning effort to forge ties between young followers of the two faiths, overcoming historical campus tensions between them, the emotions fueled by the Mideast conflict and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks."

San Diego's Many Faiths Share Season of Holidays

November 30, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On November 30, 2001. The San Diego Union-Tribune featured an article on the diverse and numerous religious holidays that take place at this time of year. The article included a description of the following holidays: Ramadan - the Muslim holy month, Bodhi Day - the anniversary of Buddha's enlightenment, Hanukkah - "the eight-day Jewish festival of lights commemorates the victory of the Maccabees, Jewish warriors who overthrew their oppressors in about 165 B.C.", Yule and Winter Solstice - the Wiccan and Pagan holiday...

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Commemorative Eid Stamp Faces Difficulties in Aftermath

November 30, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On November 30, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle featured an article on a US Postal stamp issued to commemorate the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. "Several Muslim organizations are worried that bewilderment about the stamp's meaning and design might limit its popularity and future availability. 'After Sept. 11, some people were confused about what it represented and shied away from it, but essentially, what it says is that "We wish you the best in your festivities," and it could be a...

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New Studies on Number of Muslims in the U.S.

November 29, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/cgi-bin/getasciiarchive?script/2001/11/29/p11s2.txt

On November 29, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor featured an opinion piece "How many US Muslims? Our best estimate." Its authors, Howard Fienberg and Iain Murray, are analysts at the Statistical Assessment Service (STATS), a nonpartisan research organization. They detail methodological flaws with earlier studies, including...

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Ramadan and Thanksgiving

November 28, 2001

Source: USA TODAY

On November 28, 2001, the USA TODAY featured an article on community meals during Ramadan at a California Islamic center. "Serving food to friends is one way of serving God, says Safi Mosa, 29, who left Afghanistan more than 11 years ago...On weekends during Ramadan, he closes the shop early and heads to the Islamic Center in Hawthorne, Calif., where he and his sisters volunteer to help prepare food for 300. 'I love to serve people,' Mosa says, as a way of 'helping in the name of God.'"

Southern Baptist Convention's Leader: Pray for Conversion of Muslims

November 28, 2001

Source: Newsday

On November 28, 2001, Newsday reported, "Southern Baptist Call to Prayer; Group's leader asks vigil, hopes for religious conversions of Muslims." The article noted that, "In past years, Southern Baptists have prayed for the conversion of Jews and Hindus on the holy days of those faiths, often provoking anger and consternation." The article indicated concerns from Muslim leaders such as Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations: "Hooper noted that Merritt's call comes at a difficult time for American Muslims, when many are...

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Baltimore Interfaith Events Continue

November 27, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On November 27, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported that "since the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, interfaith exchanges have been on the rise, with many Baltimore-area Christians and Jews trying to increase their understanding of Islam as mosques have begun opening their doors to visitors. Those encounters continue this week as the Institute for Christian...

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Southern Baptist Convention's Leader: Pray for Conversion of Muslims

November 27, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 27, 2001, The New York Times reported "Baptist Head Urges Prayers for Muslim Conversion." The article noted, "Mr. Merritt said Baptists should pray for Muslim conversions on Dec. 16, at the end of Ramadan." The article continued, "Calling Christianity 'the only true religion,' Mr. Merritt said that 'every other religion gives a false hope of having a relationship with God.' 'That's not what I say,' he added. 'That's what Jesus says.'"

Southern Baptist Convention's Leader: Pray for Conversion of Muslims

November 26, 2001

Source: SBC Baptist Press News

http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?ID=12242

On November 26, 2001, The SBC Baptist Press News reported, "Merritt calls on Baptists to fast and pray on last day of Ramadan." The article quoted James Merritt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention: "'I call on all our Southern Baptists to pray and fast that God will miraculously and supernaturally reveal himself through Jesus Christ to Muslims on that day ... We need to fast because we do believe...

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American Academy of Religion Addresses Terrorism

November 25, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On November 25, 2001, The Denver Post featured an article on the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion where "in many of the hundreds of sessions, whether the subject was mythology or Egyptology, the conversation eventually turned to terrorism, Islam, war, peace and how the world's many religions can live with each other...A new book by Diana L. Eck, 'A New Religious America,' which chronicles religious practices in America, was the subject of a two-hour panel composed of people of several faiths...'The American ideal...

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Non-Muslim Teachers and Students at Muslim Schools

November 25, 2001

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0111250380nov25.story?coll=chi%2Dnewsnationworld%2Dhed

On November 25, 2001, The Chicago Tribune featured the article, "Different faiths, common bond" about the positive and broadening experiences of non-Muslim students and teachers in local Muslim schools. "Although Christian teachers are a presence in almost every Muslim school, Christian...

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EEOC Reports, Responds to Workplace Bias After September 11

November 25, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 25, 2001, The New York Times reported, "After Sept. 11, Complaints of Job Bias Mount." The article noted, "The complaints are coming from all corners of the country and from people in all types of industries -- from an airplane mechanic in Texas to a Wal-Mart greeter in Virginia. Since Sept. 11, Arab-American groups say, hundreds of people have said they are experiencing discrimination in the workplace because of their nationality or religion." The article continued, "Companies forcefully deny any discrimination. Some...

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Rev. Franklin Graham Criticizes Islam

November 24, 2001

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On November 24, 2001, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured the editorial "Casualty of War; Franklin Graham's comments strain religious tolerance." It reads, in part: "Religious leaders of all stripes are entitled to their theology. What they should bear in mind is that if they insist on saying things that antagonize millions of their neighbors, they won't be known as paradigms of tolerance and peace -- or enlisted as unofficial presidential chaplains."

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