Americans Turn to Religion

September 12, 2001


On September 12, 2001, USA Today reported "People of every faith, and none, brought their pain, fear and helpless sadness to churches, synagogues and mosques. And clergy reached out with comfort -- and cautions." The article explained that, although the Muslim community had joined other religious groups in condemning the attack and helping the victims, "They also warned their own believers to keep a low profile. In the first few days after the attack...Muslims reported more than 200 incidents of harassment, threats and actual violence. Similar reports were coming in within hours on Tuesday afternoon." The article noted that Robert Parham of the Baptist Center for Ethics was among those leaders who "warned against those who would 'quickly denounce Muslims and demonize them.'"