Source: The Star-Ledger
Wire Service: AP
On September 28, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Amid worldwide tensions between Muslims and Christians, leaders of both faiths pledged last night to work together for better understanding in New Jersey. The American Muslim Union invited leaders of Christian denominations to its annual Ramadan dinner in Paterson, hoping to ease tensions and strengthen ties. The dinner came amid renewed tension after a speech by Pope Benedict XVI that angered Muslims when he quoted a 14th century Byzantine emperor who questioned Islam's contributions to civilization. The speech, for which the pontiff has expressed regret, touched off violence in several countries. Roman Catholic Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson stressed the common ground that both religions share... Gov. Jon Corzine also pledged to make Muslims feel fully included and accepted as an integral part of New Jersey. 'I am here to send a message -- that the people of New Jersey admire the role and contributions of the Muslim community to our society,' he said."