In Philadelphia, Panelists Debate Cartoons and Urge Dialogue

February 21, 2006

Source: The Daily Pennsylvanian

On February 21, 2006 The Daily Pennsylvanian reported, "Six local Islamic figures gathered Saturday for a panel to address the recent controversy over the Danish cartoons that negatively depict the Islamic prophet Muhammad The Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations sponsored the event, which took place in Houston Hall.

The discussion -- held in a town-hall style and followed by an audience Q & A -- covered a variety of topics, focusing largely on the alleged marginalization of minorities in Western media and culture... Despite the widespread outrage the cartoons have caused among some groups, panelists and audience members agreed that there is a role for dialogue and tolerance in rebuilding burned bridges.

'We as Americans must show tolerance to all faiths,' [CAIR board member Mazhar] Rishi said. 'Whether we are Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus or any other religion we must spread ideals of faith and love because that is what our faiths tell us to do.'"