Interfaith

Chapel-to-Go for Diverse Military

October 25, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 25, 2001, The Boston Globe reported, "Army's Natick Labs designs Chapel-to-Go for all faiths." The article reports that "the 'containerized chapel,' as it is formally known, can be dropped out the back of a cargo plane and within six hours be transformed into a multi-denominational religious center catering to Christians, Jews, and Muslims." The article continued, "According to the latest Defense Department statistics, of the 470,000 soldiers in the Army, about 40 percent are Protestant, 20 percent are Catholic, while...

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Connecticut Interfaith Group Strengthened in Aftermath

October 24, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On October 24, 2001, The Hartford Courant featured an article on Richard Freund, director of the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, and an interfaith trip to Morocco he led with a group of Muslims, Christian and Jews. Freund described the trip as part of a forum "'to allow dialogue between Muslims, Christians and Jews to occur in this country.'" Since September 11, "the group felt its mission had become even more significant...Interfaith dialogue, he said, 'is the only way to save ourselves, the...

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Islamic Society of Boston Continues Outreach

October 23, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/cgi-bin/getasciiarchive?script/2001/10/23/p15s1.txt

On October 23, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor featured an article that described an event at the Islamic Society of Boston in Cambridge, MA intended to allow Non-Muslims to learn about Islam. The first such event attracted 700 people, and programs at the Society's mosque and elsewhere continue to attract many people curious...

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Jewish-Muslim Relations Suffer in Aftermath of September 11

October 22, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 22, 2001 The New York Times reported "For Some Jewish Leaders, Partnership With Muslims Is a Casualty of Sept. 11 Attacks." The article described that "In several cities, rabbis and Jewish lay leaders have walked out of long-standing interfaith dialogues with Muslim leaders, complaining that the Muslims are condoning suicide bombing attacks against Israelis while condemning the attacks against the United States....Muslims, on the other hand, say Jewish groups are using the attacks as an excuse for putting Palestinian...

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Volunteer Efforts to Assist Muslim and Arab-American Women

October 22, 2001

Source: Salon.com

http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2001/10/22/women_of_cover/index.html

On October 22, 2001, Salon.com featured the story "Stand beside her" which reported on volunteer efforts to help Muslim and Arab-American women feel safe. In St. Louis, "Local volunteers have come forward to act as escorts for those who have been threatened, or feel threatened, by knee-jerk reactions to their clothing or appearance. Similar ad hoc programs have sprung up,...

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Muslims in New Orleans Teach about their Faith

October 21, 2001

Source: The Times-Picayune

On October 21, 2001, The Times-Picayune featured an article that began "for Muslims in New Orleans, these are doubly trying times. They are Americans, horrified and grieving over an attack on their home. And they are religious suspects, at pains to explain their faith, one of the world's oldest, most devout and most peaceful religions. Here is the Islam they know." The article describes Islam as it was described to congregants at an open-house event at the Bilal Ibn Rabah Islamic Center in New Orleans.

Americans Attempt to Educate Themselves about Islam and the Muslim World

October 21, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 21, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "long renowned both for collective indifference and relative ignorance about the rest of the world, Americans have been shocked out of their insularity by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Books about the Taliban, Palestinians and Islam are now top sellers as growing numbers of Americans, suddenly feeling vulnerable, try to arm themselves with information about issues and regions once deemed too complicated to grasp or too remote to affect them."

Meeting of Buddhist and Muslim Teens in Louisiana

October 21, 2001

Source: The Times-Picayune

On October 21, 2001 The Times-Picayune featured the article "Common ground: Muslim and Buddhist teens learn religious tolerance by talking about their differences." Buddhist and Muslim teens met for discussion at Al-Tawbah Mosque in Gretna, Louisiana. More meetings are planned for the future. The article quoted Lisa Lincoln of Soka Gakkai International USA and Dr. Mahmoud Sarmini, spokesman for the Muslim group: "Lincoln and Sarmini say such a program will go a long way in helping teen-agers of different backgrounds treat one...

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Muslims in Lodi, California Find Support Amidst Hostility

October 21, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/10/21/MN7559.DTL

On October 21, 2001 The San Francisco Chronicle reported, "Long-term relationship with its Muslim community may help Lodi weather the recent spate of ... Fear and suspicion." The article noted that "Mindful of how Lodi's Japanese Americans disappeared into internment camps during World War II, residents didn't...

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For Display, Pastor WantsTraditions That Are "Part of America's Heritage"

October 21, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On October 21, 2001 The St. Petersburg Times reported "Pastor wants just two religions in display." The article explained, "A pastor organizing the drive to display the Ten Commandments at the Polk County administration building says people of religions other than Judaism and Christianity need not join the effort. Hindus and Muslims are not welcome on the organizing committee because their religious traditions are not part of America's heritage, said the Rev. Mickey P. Carter, pastor of the Landmark Baptist Church in Haines City...

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Texas Muslim Leaders Teach about Islam in Houston

October 21, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On October 21, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that "Islamic leaders gathered in Houston ...to show the true face of their religion...to a crowd of more than 350 at the University of Houston." The forum was "an effort to stem the scrutiny and discrimination that Muslims have faced since the Sept. 11 attacks attributed to Osama bin Laden...U.S. Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee promised Muslims support in Houston and from Congress.'We will stand with you and not against you,' she said. 'We will recognize that there is a separation...

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