Muslim Leaders, Scholars, and Community Members Clarify that Terrorism is Contrary to Islam

October 5, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On October 5, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "Muslim students at Grossmont College [San Diego] countered misconceptions about their religion in the wake of recent terrorist attacks by educating their classmates about Islam." Also in the area at the University of California San Diego, "Muslim, Christian, Sikh and other student organizations rallied support for the Islamic community and tried to educate each other about the similarities and differences in their faiths."

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

October 5, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 5, 2001, The New York Times reported that "African-American Muslims are under intensified public scrutiny...and find themselves in the bind of being Americans singled out because of their Islamic faith...African-American Muslims, who are estimated to make up 25 to 40 percent of American Muslims, have condemned the terroist attacks." Blaming Islam is "'like blaming Christianity for what the Klu Klux Klan did throughout the South,' Mr. Hasan said,...a member of the Muslim American Society," a group that claims 2.5 million...

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Sikh Woman Stabbed in Suspected Hate Crime: Update

October 5, 2001

Source: The Sacramento Bee

October 5, 2001, The Sacramento Bee reported "Woman says she was attacked, a victim of a hate crime." The article noted, "A 51-year-old Sikh said she was attacked last weekend by two men who stabbed her twice in the head and threatened to kill her. The attack on Swaran Kaur Bhullar is believed to be the first hate crime in San Diego County since the Sept. 11...

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International Dimensions of "Backlash"

October 4, 2001

Source: Amnesty International

On October 4, 2001, Amnesty International issued the press release, "Caught in the backlash: Human rights under threat worldwide in aftermath of September 11 attacks." The release cites a report by Amnesty International, which voices concerns about civil rights around the world and states, "Mosques, Hindu temples and community centres have been attacked and...

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Increasing Intolerance in US

October 3, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On October 3, 2001, The Washington Post reported "For 'Other' Americans, A New Kind of Terrorism." The article noted, "All of a sudden -- because of their dress, their beards, their religion, their names, their cultural backgrounds -- some of our neighbors and co-workers have become branded as 'outsiders.'" This article focused on the experiences of a Baltimore...

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Supreme Court Declines to Consider Religious Discrimination and Racial Profiling Cases

October 2, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

On October 2, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported that "a Muslim woman will not be allowed to pursue claims that her boss violated her rights by pressuring her to stop wearing a head scarf to work." Zenib Ali said she "was told in 1996 to stop wearing the scarf at work or she would be transferred to a position with less customer interaction...She said her religion requires her head to be covered in the presence of men who are not family members...The Supreme Court declined on Monday to consider reinstating Zeinab Ali's lawsuit...

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Multifaith, Interfaith Responses to Terrorist Attacks (October)

October 1, 2001

Source: Newsday

On October 1, 2001, Newsday reported that "Hundreds of Queens residents gathered...for a solemn and, at times, spirited multifaith service honoring World Trade Center victims. Reflecting the borough's diversity, representatives of virtually every major global religion delivered remarks, including Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Buddhist."

After Backlash, New Public Service Advertisements

September 28, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On September 28, 2001, The New York Times reported that "American Muslim and Arab groups have enlisted government officials, Islamic scholars and even a teenage pop star to combat what many fear could be a rising tide of harassment and hate crimes....The announcements were recorded by Attorney General John Ashcroft; Senator John McCain; Mary Frances Berry, chairwoman of the Commission on Civil Rights; and Mandy Moore, a 17-year-old singer popular with preteenagers."

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

September 28, 2001

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On September 28, 2001, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that, "worried about reprisals against Sikhs, who have been harassed because they wear turbans...Darshan Dhaliwal led a group of 16 Sikh leaders to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with President Bush...The Sikh delegation included leaders from California, New York, New Jersey and Arizona."