9-11 Remembrance in L.A. Gives Attention to Religious Tolerance

September 12, 2004

Source: The L.A. Times


On September 12, 2004 The L.A. Times reported 9-11 anniversary events held in southern California. "Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn and Fire Chief William Bamattre joined with Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, Rabbi Leonard Bearman and Maher Hathout, senior advisor to the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council, in a call for religious tolerance. 'I'm honored to be with firefighters who symbolized everything that was good, and restored our faith in humanity,' Hathout said. 'However, I'd like to be straightforward and say that there is a big fire that is raging.... This is a fire of religious fanaticism and political fanaticism.... It is the duty of people who have faith in God and faith in human decency to stand together to extinguish this fire.'"