Interfaith

Religious Websites Revived in Aftermath

November 1, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On November 1, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "for-profit religious Web sites appeared headed for the dot-com graveyard before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks sparked a nationwide spiritual revival, boosting attendance in churches and delivering millions of new visitors to God-focused Web sites." The article continued by addressing the question: "can the revival bring salvation to online religion?"

Atlanta Business Prayer Breakfast Includes Muslim Prayers

November 1, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On November 1, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "normally, the Atlanta Interfaith Business Prayer Breakfast will have business leaders read from the Old and New Testament. But this year...Fareed El Amin, an executive with H.J. Russell Construction Co., read from the Quran, the holy book of Islam, before a crowd of more than 1,500 local business leaders."

Cardinal Fears Vandalism Intended to Cause Rift

November 1, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On November 1, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "Cardinal Roger Mahony cautioned against a rush to judgment...after three Roman Catholic parishes were vandalized and a stolen statue of Father Junipero Serra was found at a mosque...The vandals could be taking advantage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to cause rifts within the two religions, the cardinal said at a press conference with Maher Hathout, director of the Islamic Center of Southern California."

Ringgold, GA: City Hall Hangs Religious Display

October 31, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On October 31, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that officials in the town of Ringgold, GA "have hung the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer and an empty frame in City Hall...fulfilling a unanimous City Council vote last month...The ACLU has submitted its own document --- a letter threatening a lawsuit...The empty frame, City Councilman Bill McMillon has said, is 'for those who believe in nothing. If they don't believe in [the other two], they can go stand in front of it and believe anything...

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Christian-Jewish Council Expands Membership to Include Muslims

October 30, 2001

Source: The Stamford Advocate

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/stamford/2001-10-30/article9.shtml

On October 30, 2001 The Stamford Advocate reported, "Council to admit two Muslim organizations, change name." The article noted, "To help promote understanding and tolerance after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Council of Churches and Synagogues of Southwestern Connecticut has admitted two Muslim organizations and intends to change its name to...

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Supreme Court Dismisses Objection to Moment of Silence in Schools

October 30, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 30, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that the Supreme Court "gave those who think public school children should be free to pray in classrooms a clear blueprint on how to promote that idea without violating the Constitution ...Without dissent, the court turned aside a constitutional challenge to a year-old Virginia law that requires every public school to start each day with 'one minute of silence' and specifies that students may use it, if they wish, to pray." The article also noted that "the court's action came as efforts...

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Memorial Service at "Ground Zero"

October 29, 2001

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2001/10/29/national0440EST0462.DTL

On October 29, 2001 The San Francisco Chronicle reported, "Families of World Trade Center victims attend memorial service at ground zero." The article quoted Rabbi Joseph Potasnik of the fire department: "Death will not conquer our love. We will hold on to the memory, we will hold on to this moment,...

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Panelists Tackle Issue of Backlash

October 28, 2001

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On October 28, 2001, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that think tank panelists addressed the question: "Why do scapegoats emerge in a national crisis?" The panel included speakers from a variety of backgrounds and religious traditions.

Japanese-Americans Speak Out Against Backlash

October 28, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 28, 2001, The New York Times featured an article on Senator Daniel K. Inouye's address to a gathering of "soldiers from the Army's famed 442nd Regiment Combat Team, the segregated Japanese-American unit in which Inouye served during World War II." The article reported that Inouye said he discussed his experiences with Muslim leaders and heard their concerns about the struggles of Muslims in America since the terrorist attacks. The group of veterans visited "the nation's memorial to the Japanese-Americans who fought and...

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First "Gifts of Pluralism" Interfaith Conference Held in Kansas City

October 28, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On October 28, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported on the first area-wide interfaith conference in Kansas City. "The 'Gifts of Pluralism' conference, sponsored by the Kansas City Interfaith Council, attracted about 250 people from 14 faith groups...Participants told their faith stories and asked one another questions, meeting in pairs,...in small groups and over meals. They chose workshops of faiths they knew little about or were curious about. People stood along a wall in the crowded Islamic workshop. Some conceded that Sept....

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Muslim-Jewish Marriages Face New Difficulties

October 28, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 28, 2001, The New York Times featured an article on marriages in which one partner is Jewish and the other Muslim. "These are trying times for couples in which one partner is Muslim. Last month's attack is intruding into their relationships in subtle and not so subtle ways, unearthing latent prejudices in their communities." The article focused on the story of two different couples living in New York.

Buddhist Benefit Concert to Help Families of Terror Attack Victims

October 27, 2001

Source: The Los Angeles Times

On October 27, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported on a Buddhist benefit concert for the families of terror attack victims. The 2001 North American Buddhist Music Festival, held in Pasedena, "will feature 80 monks and nuns from the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastic Choir and the Taipei Municipal Chinese Classical Orchestra." Proceeds of the concert will be donated to the Red Cross. The web address of the local branch temple of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order is

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New Book Offers "Spiritual Response to the Attack on America"

October 27, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.beliefnet.com

On October 27, 2001, the Los Angeles Times featured an article on the recent book From the Ashes: A Spiritual Response to the Attack on America. It "manages to succeed with a collection of thought-provoking essays, prayers, letters and interviews with some of the world's greatest religious thinkers drawn from a rich array of faith traditions...The collection was assembled by editors of the multifaith Internet site Beliefnet, and all...

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Religious Leaders Gather at "Faith in the Face of Terror" Conference

October 25, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.faithandvalues.com

On October 25, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor reported on a conference in Washington, DC entitled 'Faith in the Face of Terror.'The article reported that "representatives of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity (with its major denominations) convened in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to place the terrorist attacks within a broader moral context and discuss how the faithful ought to respond...Each of the presentations at...

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