Christianity

Southern Baptist Convention's Leader: Pray for Conversion of Muslims

December 1, 2001

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On December 1, 2001, The Dallas Morning News reported that "the Southern Baptist Convention called for Baptists to pray and fast for Muslims' conversion to Christianity on the final day of Ramadan. Meanwhile, there is a growing movement among some Christians to respect and observe Islam's holiest month." These links provide futher information on the "Southern Baptist Covention" and Christians "Respecting Ramadan "

Christians Reflect on Advent

December 1, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times

On December 1, 2001 The Seattle Times reported that "for many Christians, Advent... is a time to step back from the commercialism of the modern holiday season and reflect on what Christmas is actually about: not a rise of capitalism and mass-marketing, but rather the birth of Christ... The modern word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, which means 'coming.' But what Advent marks is actually two comings, one thought to have taken place in the past and one hoped for in the future."

Interfaith Thanksgiving, 2001

November 30, 2001

Source: The Times-Picayune

On November 30, 2001, The Times-Picayune featured the article "Giving thanks to the Sikhs." It noted, "St. Philip Community Center wishes to thank the members of the Sikh community of New Orleans ... for their generous contribution of food baskets which provided Thanksgiving meals to many families in need. The Sikh community of New Orleans has been supporting this cause for the past 13 years." The St. Philip Community Center operates under the auspices of the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans.

San Diego's Many Faiths Share Season of Holidays

November 30, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On November 30, 2001. The San Diego Union-Tribune featured an article on the diverse and numerous religious holidays that take place at this time of year. The article included a description of the following holidays: Ramadan - the Muslim holy month, Bodhi Day - the anniversary of Buddha's enlightenment, Hanukkah - "the eight-day Jewish festival of lights commemorates the victory of the Maccabees, Jewish warriors who overthrew their oppressors in about 165 B.C.", Yule and Winter Solstice - the Wiccan and Pagan holiday...

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Arson at New York Sikh Center, Gobind Sadan USA

November 28, 2001

Source: The Pluralism Project

http://www.pluralism.org/about/morning_prayers.php

On November 28, 2001, Dr. Diana Eck's Morning Prayers at Memorial Church of Harvard University included her reflections on the arson at Gobind Sadan: "After the arson attack, Ralph [Singh] described the outpouring of support and love. 'Complete strangers were offering money to help rebuild the shrine, saying this is not the America they stood for, veterans saying this is not the America they fought...

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Southern Baptist Convention's Leader: Pray for Conversion of Muslims

November 28, 2001

Source: Newsday

On November 28, 2001, Newsday reported, "Southern Baptist Call to Prayer; Group's leader asks vigil, hopes for religious conversions of Muslims." The article noted that, "In past years, Southern Baptists have prayed for the conversion of Jews and Hindus on the holy days of those faiths, often provoking anger and consternation." The article indicated concerns from Muslim leaders such as Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations: "Hooper noted that Merritt's call comes at a difficult time for American Muslims, when many are...

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Southern Baptist Convention's Leader: Pray for Conversion of Muslims

November 27, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 27, 2001, The New York Times reported "Baptist Head Urges Prayers for Muslim Conversion." The article noted, "Mr. Merritt said Baptists should pray for Muslim conversions on Dec. 16, at the end of Ramadan." The article continued, "Calling Christianity 'the only true religion,' Mr. Merritt said that 'every other religion gives a false hope of having a relationship with God.' 'That's not what I say,' he added. 'That's what Jesus says.'"

Arson at New York Sikh Center, Gobind Sadan USA

November 27, 2001

Source: Gobind Sadan USA

http://www.gobindsadan.org/gsusa/messagetoamerica.shtml

On November 27, 2001, Baba Varsa Singh ("Babaji"), founder of Gobind Sadan, offered a "Message to America" about the suspected arson. "'Perhaps this is God's way of giving us the opportunity of bringing people of all faiths together to share in rebuilding this sacred house of God and making it an even more beautiful place.'" He offered thanks and cited the ways in which the community has...

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Baltimore Interfaith Events Continue

November 27, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On November 27, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported that "since the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, interfaith exchanges have been on the rise, with many Baltimore-area Christians and Jews trying to increase their understanding of Islam as mosques have begun opening their doors to visitors. Those encounters continue this week as the Institute for Christian...

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Controversy Over Comments of College Instructor: Free Speech or Hate Speech?

November 26, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-000094160nov26.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dpe%2Dcalifornia

On November 26, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported "Results of an independent probe into allegations that an Orange Coast College instructor vilified his Muslim students are expected to be released this week, with findings certain to draw intense scrutiny nationwide...

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Southern Baptist Convention's Leader: Pray for Conversion of Muslims

November 26, 2001

Source: SBC Baptist Press News

http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?ID=12242

On November 26, 2001, The SBC Baptist Press News reported, "Merritt calls on Baptists to fast and pray on last day of Ramadan." The article quoted James Merritt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention: "'I call on all our Southern Baptists to pray and fast that God will miraculously and supernaturally reveal himself through Jesus Christ to Muslims on that day ... We need to fast because we do believe...

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Non-Muslim Teachers and Students at Muslim Schools

November 25, 2001

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0111250380nov25.story?coll=chi%2Dnewsnationworld%2Dhed

On November 25, 2001, The Chicago Tribune featured the article, "Different faiths, common bond" about the positive and broadening experiences of non-Muslim students and teachers in local Muslim schools. "Although Christian teachers are a presence in almost every Muslim school, Christian...

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Interfaith Services Raise Questions for Clergy Members

November 24, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On November 24, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "the events of Sept. 11 prompted an unprecedented number of interfaith services nationwide, featuring leaders of different religions praying for peace and remembering the more than 4,100 terrorist attack victims. But some religious leaders have questioned the appropriateness of their clergy participating in such gatherings...'The basic question is: Does my participation enhance my witness of Jesus Christ or obscure it?' said the Rev. Karl K. Schmidt, pastor of Bethany...

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Rev. Franklin Graham Criticizes Islam

November 24, 2001

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On November 24, 2001, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured the editorial "Casualty of War; Franklin Graham's comments strain religious tolerance." It reads, in part: "Religious leaders of all stripes are entitled to their theology. What they should bear in mind is that if they insist on saying things that antagonize millions of their neighbors, they won't be known as paradigms of tolerance and peace -- or enlisted as unofficial presidential chaplains."

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