Islam

Cardinal Fears Vandalism Intended to Cause Rift

November 1, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On November 1, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "Cardinal Roger Mahony cautioned against a rush to judgment...after three Roman Catholic parishes were vandalized and a stolen statue of Father Junipero Serra was found at a mosque...The vandals could be taking advantage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to cause rifts within the two religions, the cardinal said at a press conference with Maher Hathout, director of the Islamic Center of Southern California."

Atlanta Business Prayer Breakfast Includes Muslim Prayers

November 1, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On November 1, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "normally, the Atlanta Interfaith Business Prayer Breakfast will have business leaders read from the Old and New Testament. But this year...Fareed El Amin, an executive with H.J. Russell Construction Co., read from the Quran, the holy book of Islam, before a crowd of more than 1,500 local business leaders."

Outreach Efforts Delay Completion of Orange County Mosque

October 31, 2001

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-000086685oct31.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dpe%2Dcalifornia

On October 31, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported "Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks Delay Completion of O.C. Mosque." The article noted, "The terrorism caused county Muslim leaders over the past seven weeks to shift priorities from the mosque and focus instead on security...

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Christian-Jewish Council Expands Membership to Include Muslims

October 30, 2001

Source: The Stamford Advocate

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/stamford/2001-10-30/article9.shtml

On October 30, 2001 The Stamford Advocate reported, "Council to admit two Muslim organizations, change name." The article noted, "To help promote understanding and tolerance after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Council of Churches and Synagogues of Southwestern Connecticut has admitted two Muslim organizations and intends to change its name to...

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Low Threshold of Suspicion, Finds American Muslim Military Officer

October 30, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On October 30, 2001 The Baltimore Sun featured the article "It's a nation on edge, Air Force officer finds." The article noted that "[Faisal] Siddiqui, 29, is brown-skinned and Muslim. He's also an American, an Air Force captain and a lawyer who is a judge advocate for the 11th Wing at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington." But in a changed America, the article reports, a simple visit to a car dealership can result in being questioned by the FBI. "FBI sources confirmed yesterday that they visited [Faisal] Siddiqui last week after a...

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Some U.S. Muslim Organizations Call for End to Bombing in Afghanistan

October 29, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 29, 2001, The New York Times reported that "A group of American Muslim organizations has called for the United States to halt its bombing campaign in Afghanistan and instead develop 'a more effective and long-term policy' to counter terrorism." Fifteen Muslim groups signed the document, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Circle of North America. The article noted the diversity of opinion on the issue, reporting that "several major groups did not sign the statement, among them the...

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Moderate Muslims are Beginning to Speak Out

October 28, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 28, 2001, The New York Times reported that "many moderate Muslims are speaking out in favor of a more tolerant form of their faith. They are emboldened by their sense of anger at the Sept. 11 attacks and embarrassed by what they see as a distorted vision of their religion...It is impossible, of course, to say how many among the nation's Muslims, estimated variously at two million to six million, are vocally distancing themselves from conservative Islam, though it is probably a small minority. A majority of Muslims,...

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First "Gifts of Pluralism" Interfaith Conference Held in Kansas City

October 28, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On October 28, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported on the first area-wide interfaith conference in Kansas City. "The 'Gifts of Pluralism' conference, sponsored by the Kansas City Interfaith Council, attracted about 250 people from 14 faith groups...Participants told their faith stories and asked one another questions, meeting in pairs,...in small groups and over meals. They chose workshops of faiths they knew little about or were curious about. People stood along a wall in the crowded Islamic workshop. Some conceded that Sept....

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Japanese-Americans Speak Out Against Backlash

October 28, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 28, 2001, The New York Times featured an article on Senator Daniel K. Inouye's address to a gathering of "soldiers from the Army's famed 442nd Regiment Combat Team, the segregated Japanese-American unit in which Inouye served during World War II." The article reported that Inouye said he discussed his experiences with Muslim leaders and heard their concerns about the struggles of Muslims in America since the terrorist attacks. The group of veterans visited "the nation's memorial to the Japanese-Americans who fought and...

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Controversy Around Sheik Kabbani's Comments

October 28, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 28, 2001 The New York Times reported, "Muslim Leader who was Once Labeled an Alarmist is Suddenly Sage." The article reports on the response to comments of Sufi Muslim leader Sheik Muhammad Hisham Kabbani on high rates of extremism within the American Muslim community. These comments are raising interest from the media and government, but are raising concerns from some scholars and experts. The article notes, "Sheik Kabbani's profile and motivations, in reality, are a complex intertwining of religious and political...

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Muslim-Jewish Marriages Face New Difficulties

October 28, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 28, 2001, The New York Times featured an article on marriages in which one partner is Jewish and the other Muslim. "These are trying times for couples in which one partner is Muslim. Last month's attack is intruding into their relationships in subtle and not so subtle ways, unearthing latent prejudices in their communities." The article focused on the story of two different couples living in New York.

Panelists Tackle Issue of Backlash

October 28, 2001

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On October 28, 2001, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that think tank panelists addressed the question: "Why do scapegoats emerge in a national crisis?" The panel included speakers from a variety of backgrounds and religious traditions.

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