Interfaith

Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 13, 2002

Source: People for the American Way

http://www.pfaw.org/news/press.asp?id=415

On June 13, 2002, People for the American Way issued a press release, "Bush Lauds Southern Baptist Convention After SBC Leader Denounces Religious Pluralism, Islam." The statement noted that, "On June 11, President George W. Bush addressed the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) via satellite. While Bush lauded the SBC for upholding the ideals of religious tolerance, civility and the...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 12, 2002

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/Rel_ChStSep_90/4112_90.asp

On June 12, 2002, The Anti-Defamation League issued a press release, "Baptist Leader's Remarks Offensive, Demeaning And Damaging." Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director issued a statement which noted that the recent comments attributed to Rev. Vines "'are offensive, demeaning, and damaging to the American ideals of religious diversity and intergroup civility. They strike a troubling...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 12, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On June 12, 2002 The New York Times reported "Church Head Won't Repudiate Comments." The article noted that "the new head of the Southern Baptist Convention has rejected calls to repudiate what a Muslim group is calling 'bigoted' and 'hate-filled' statements made by one of its pastors. The Rev. Jack Graham, elected the convention's president on Tuesday, said the Rev. Jerry Vines' comments about Islam were 'accurate.' Vines, a former convention president, told conventioners at a pastors' conference Monday that many of this country...

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NCCJ Denounces Racial and Ethnic Profiling at Annual Meeting

June 12, 2002

Source: The Buffalo News

On June 12, 2002 The Buffalo News reported that "as government officials urge Americans to help uncover would-be terrorists, a national anti-bigotry group says those efforts must not include racial and ethnic stereotyping... Brian Foss, executive vice president of the National Conference for Community and Justice... was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the NCCJ's Western New York Regional Chapter at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo... Speaking before the event, Foss warned that racial and ethnic profiling are on the rise...

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American Jewish and Muslim Comedy Duo Perform Across Nation

June 10, 2002

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/sitearchives/2002/6/10/local/comedy00610cci3.shtml

On June 10, 2002 The Orange County Register reported that "a Muslim and a rabbi make up a comedy team that hopes to build better understanding between communities with a little light-hearted fun... Two stand-up comedians, Rabbi Bob Alper and Ahmed Ahmed, will appear in an...

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Diverse Buddhist Communities Come Together for Festival in Seattle, WA

June 8, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On June 8, 2002 The Seattle Times reported that Buddhists in the Pacific Northwest will host an International Buddhist Festival and the third annual "Change Your Mind Day in Seattle, a nationwide Buddhist event that's also taking place today in other U.S. cities including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Kansas City. The goal will be for attendees - Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike - to change the way in which they think about the world, themselves and others... Seattle's gathering, which organizers say could draw up...

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New Synagogue and New Church Share Write-Up

June 8, 2002

Source: Newsday

On June 8, 2002 Newsday featured an article on two new houses of worship in New York, reporting the stories of the Messianic Jewish synagogue and the United Methodist Church simultaneously. "After decades of dreaming, years of planning and months of construction, the Beth Emanuel Messianic Congregation in Holbrook and the Ban Suk United Methodist Church in Old Westbury are about to move into new homes."

American Hindu Professor Participates in Interreligious Dialogue at the Vatican

June 8, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On June 8, 2002 the Star Tribune reported that "Anant Rambachan, professor of religion at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., is in Rome this weekend, one of 10 religious experts from the world invited to the Vatican to discuss religious tolerance... Seven major religious traditions - Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and indigenous religions such as those practiced in Africa and Australia - have been invited by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to gather at the Vatican." Rambachan, a...

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Muslims Join Christians and Jews for Interfaith Service Project

June 8, 2002

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/sitearchives/2002/6/8/news/faith00608cci3.shtm

On June 8, 2002 The Orange County Register reported that "Muslims in Orange County [California] have been busy trying to reshape the image of Islam among non-Muslims, taking their messages of neighborliness to freeway billboards, putting books and videos on Islam on library shelves...

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Indian and Pakistani Immigrants Live Together Peacefully in America

June 8, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On June 8, 2002, the Star Tribune reported that "at a time when India and Pakistan are again on the verge of war, immigrants from those countries have found in Minnesota a home where friendship can supplant hatred... Which isn't to say that issues of religion and nationalism don't sometimes intervene. But the unifying threads of language, food, music and culture often transcend those issues... Indians and Pakistanis began making the Twin Cities home after 1965, when immigration laws were relaxed... The most recent influx has...

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Editorial Praises Rabbi's Suggestion for Ground Zero that Focuses on Religious Freedom

June 8, 2002

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On June 8, 2002 the Omaha World-Herald featured an editorial that supports "an American rabbi, Daniel S. Brenner's... fascinating suggestion for what should be done with the World Trade Center site... Build a mosque there, he says. And put in a synagogue and a church as well. Or erect an inter-religious center where believers of diverse backgrounds can come together to discuss and honor their different gods in an atmosphere of mutual respect... The point, he says, is to show the world that America's religious...

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Columbus (GA) Interfaith Group to Build Habitat for Humanity House

June 8, 2002

Source: The Columbus Ledger-Inquirer

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/living/3423442.htm

On June 8, 2002 the reported "Faiths gather over dinner: Religious groups raising money for Habitat project." The article described an interfaith discussion group of Muslims, Christians, and Jews created after September 11. "The goal was simply to become more knowledgeable about one another's faith. ... Now, the three faith communities are planning...

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At Harvard, Controversy Over "American Jihad" Speech

June 7, 2002

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/frameset.asp?pageLoc=/story/107/story_10725_1.html

On June 7, 2002, Beliefnet featured the full text of Zayed Yasin's commencement speech, "Of Faith and Citizenship: My American Jihad." Yasin's speech explained, "Jihad, in its truest and purest form, the form to which all Muslims aspire, is the determination to do right, to do justice even against your own interests. It is an individual struggle for...

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Muslim Student Association at Texas High School Continues to Educate Peers about Diversity

June 6, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 6, 2002 The Houston Chronicle featured an article on the Muslim Student Association at Westfield High School in Texas. When the group "formed three years ago at Westfield High School, it was a low-profile organization with a purpose of informing people about the Islamic faith... After the attacks on the World Trade Center last fall and the radical attempts to attach Islam to the terrorist acts, the group took on a larger role, although its mission remained the same... Months after the attacks, the association...

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