Interfaith

For Many, their Muslim Doctors are "the Face of Islam"

November 10, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On November 10, 2001, The Hartford Courant reported on "dozens of Muslim physicians in Greater Hartford -- and thousands across the country -- who are the face of Islam to many non-Muslims. For many Americans, Muslims in the healing professions may be the only Muslims they know...Dr. Shahid Athar of Indianapolis, president of the Islamic Medical Association of North America, said there are about 20,000 Muslim physicians in the United States...In the first few days after the attacks, Athar said, he got a couple of harassing phone...

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St Paul Muslims and Christians "Seek Common Ground"

November 10, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On November 10, 2001, the Star Tribune reported that "about 450 people met Thursday night at Luther Seminary in St. Paul [Minnesota] to seek common ground between the two faiths. Mark Swanson, director of the Islamic Studies Program at Luther, said, 'Muslims and Christians must work together in times of crisis.' He 'rejects' claims, he said, that the current situation is a clash between Christianity and Islam."

"The Three Faiths:" War and the "Moral Use of Force"

November 9, 2001

Source: The Plain Dealer

On November 9, 2001, The Plain Dealer featured the article "Three faiths agree: War is hell; Mainstream Islam, Judaism and Christianity have developed similar principles on the moral use of force, but extreme elements in each faith have also distorted religious teachings with murderous results."

Annual Islamic Awareness Week at USF Takes on New Significance

November 9, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On November 9, 2001, the St. Petersburgh Times reported that "any other year, the events of Islamic Awareness Week at the University of South Florida would be an opportunity for USF Muslims to share what they know about one of the world's great religions. This year, though, the recent terror attacks have created an urgency to get their message out about the true meaning of Islam and counter what they say are misconceptions and distortions being fostered by fears and ill-informed media sources."

American Academy of Religion Addresses Terrorism

November 9, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On November 9, 2001, The Denver Post reported that "sessions on Islam and on teaching religion in the wake of Sept. 11 will be among hundreds of topics at next week's international meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. About 8,000 religious scholars who teach in universities and seminaries in the United States and several other countries will attend... Two sessions were added to specifically address terrorism and the Afghanistan war...The academy has urged seminaries and universities...

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White House Compromises in Push for Faith-Based Initiative

November 9, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 9, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "the White House, seeking to salvage one of President Bush's top domestic priorities, has thrown its support behind a newly limited plan for faith-based organizations to provide some of the nation's social services. The administration's more modest approach breathed new life into its faith-based initiative, an effort that had stalled in the Senate but that backers say has become more urgent in the aftermath of Sept. 11."

Outreach of Muslim Student Associations, On Campus and Beyond

November 8, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/1108/p14s1-ussc.html

On November 8, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor featured the article "Islam on Campus: In the limelight, Muslim students embrace pro-active role." The article reports, "as Muslim groups at hundreds of colleges and universities across the country work to create the Islamic umma (community), the devastating events of Sept. 11 have propelled many of them in a fresh direction - into a...

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State Department Releases New Journal

November 7, 2001

Source: No source given.

http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/itdhr/1101/ijde/ijde1101.htm

On November 7, 2001, the State Department released a new electronic journal on international religious freedom. The journal can be found online at http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/itdhr/1101/ijde/ijde1101.htm. The journal includes information from the International Religious Freedom Report issued by the State Department on October 26, 2001.

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Center for Religious Inquiry Offers Variety of Classes

November 6, 2001

Source: The Plain Dealer

On November 6, 2001, The Plain Dealer featured an article on the Center for Religious Inquiry in New York City, which is run by a Reform Rabbi in close partnership with the rector of New York's Episcopal St. Bartholomew's Church where the center has been housed since its founding in 1999. The center offers a "catalog of courses, seminars, lectures and foreign tours."

Interfaith Events Foster Tolerance

November 5, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-000088535nov05.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dpe%2Dcalifornia

On November 5, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported on two Interfaith panels that focused on religious tolerance. "Although the Sept. 11 attacks gave the panel discussions more urgency, the initial idea sprang from the vandalism of the Islamic Center of Conejo Valley in...

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Lt. Govenor Visits Gurudwara

November 5, 2001

Source: The Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/110501/1152001dlw5sikhspeech.shtml

On November 5, 2001, The Appeal-Democrat reported that "California Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante brought a message of peace, unity and understanding to Yuba City...during a special visit to the Sikh temple...Bustemante's visit and the Sikh parade both marked the second day of celebrations to honor the gift of the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib...Bustamante said...

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Police and Clergy Meet In Ann Arbor

November 5, 2001

Source: The Ann Arbor News

http://aa.mlive.com/news/index.ssf?/news/stories/20011105a715amb1clergy05.frm

On November 5, 2001, The Ann Arbor News reported that "after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Ann Arbor police reached out to local Muslims. The move came during a national crisis, and new police Chief Dan Oates doesn't want to wait for such an event to meet again. 'That's a particular community that relies on the moral and spiritual...

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Rochester Interfaith Gathering: To Remember, To Unite

November 5, 2001

Source: The Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.rochesternews.com/1105story3.html

On November 5, 2001, The Democrat and Chronicle reported, "Many faiths seek unity amid conflict: Special rite in Rochester draws 120 worshippers." The event "began with the blowing of a Jewish shofar, followed by Buddhist bells and a Muslim call to prayer. They were at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church yesterday -- Christians, Jews, Muslims and representatives of other faiths -- to remember...

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Editorial on New Interest in Religious Diversity

November 4, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.religiousdiversityfaire.org

On November 4, 2001, the Los Angeles Times featured the editorial "A Readiness to Listen," which stated "interest in other faith traditions, particularly Islam, has increased exponentially. It's as though we've awakened from sleep to find ourselves suddenly confronting our ignorance about people of different faiths, both locally in our neighborhoods, workplaces and schools, and globally in faraway lands." The...

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