Islamic Society of Harrisburg Marks 9/11 with Open House, Interfaith Peace Vigil

September 10, 2005

Source: The Patriot News

On September 10, 2005 The Patriot News reported, "A Steelton, [Pennsylvania] mosque will open its doors tomorrow, the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, for a tour and an interfaith candlelight vigil.

The event at the Islamic Society of Greater Harrisburg is sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance of Pennsylvania.

'Our message for that day is one of peace and unity,' said Rabbi Carl Choper of Temple Beth Shalom, Mechanicsburg, co-founder of the alliance... The vigil is scheduled to open with readings from sacred texts on peace and the unity of humanity. 'Clearly Muslims have been blamed in our culture for the events of 9/11 and have suffered attacks in this country,' Choper said. 'All religious traditions are capable of being hijacked ... It is important for religious people to speak out, in the name of our traditions, for peace.'"