Source: The Institute on Religion and Democracy
On May 7, 2003 The Institute on Religion and Democracy issued a press release that "within the Church, Christian-Muslim relations have been largely the concern of a small group of specialists. All that changed on September 11, 2001. Who are Muslims? What do they believe? What are the differences among Muslims? Can Christians and Muslims live together peacefully in the same society? These and other questions have fueled an outpouring of interest in education and encounters between Christians and Muslims... A particular danger is over-simplification about Islam and Muslims –-either positive or negative-–that thwarts true dialogue, true education, and genuine Christian mission."