Multifaith, Interfaith Responses to Terrorist Attacks (September)

September 11, 2001

Source: The InterFaith Conference of Metro DC Press Release

On September 11, 2001, the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington issued a press release announcing their plans to gather "leaders and members of diverse faith traditions to pray together in this time of national crisis." Prayers will be held on September 13 at Georgetown University. "The public is invited to join people from the Baha'i, Hindu-Jain, Islamic, Jewish, Latter-day Saints, Protestant, Roman Catholic and Sikh faiths, the members of the InterFaith Conference. Persons of all faith traditions and good will are welcome." The release concludes, "Because religion has already been raised as a possible motive, the InterFaith Conference strongly deplores the misdeeds of those who routinely justify violence on religious grounds; not only do their violent actions cause harm to people who are the creation of God, but also their justifications do violence to the fabric of our respective faiths. Our religions teach us the sanctity of human life; they apply no veneer of respectability to slaughter carried out for personal vengeance or political purpose."