Muncie Interfaith Roundtable

November 14, 2001

Source: The Star Press

On November 14, 2001, The Star Press reported, "Tragedy brings varied faiths together." It reported on a gathering of local Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Hindus: "The Muncie Interfaith Roundtable event was the first time in recent years that members of such varied religions in Muncie [IN] had gathered to share their beliefs and feelings about current events. This time they had good reason to...

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Op-Ed: "Christian in a Muslim World," by Julia Duin

November 12, 2001

Author: Julia Duin

Source: National Review Online

I first met Imad Shehadeh at a press conference — and an uncomfortable press conference at that. Several of us in the media, along with some Christian clergy, were sitting in a hotel room in Amman earlier this year listening to a Catholic and three evangelical Protestants talk about being Christian in overwhelmingly Muslim...

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Florida Sikhs Show Support, Invite Shalala

November 12, 2001

Source: The Miami Herald

On November 12, 2001 The Miami Herald reported, "Local Sikhs show support for America: UM president Shalala is guest at special service. "The congregation of the Sikh Society Temple of South Florida... presented a check for $8,500 for the United Way Sept. 11 fund to University of Miami President Donna Shalala....'We were all shocked by the Sept. 11...

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National Council of Churches Faces Challenges

November 12, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On November 12, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "the greatest challenge facing the nation's largest ecumenical agency is not getting along with U.S. Muslims -- although terrorism, humanitarian relief and Muslim/Christian cooperation will be on the agenda when its General Assembly meets this week in Oakland..In recent years, the group has been struggling to reinvent itself, broaden its membership base and stay out of debt. Although the National Council of Churches encompasses 36 Protestant denominations and...

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Atlanta Mixed-Faith Couples Influenced by Terror Attacks

November 11, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On November 11, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution featured an article on "Atlanta couples where one partner is Muslim and the other is of a different faith. In interviews with four such couples, all said the events of Sept. 11 had a profound influence on their relationships. They've questioned each other about their cultures. Two couples said the attacks have brought them closer."

Ramadan In America 2001

November 11, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times

On November 11, 2001, The Seattle Times reported that "the Islamic holy month begins later this week, and a community gathering in Redmond explored the event in words, song and food...About 250 people -- many of them families with children -- attended the event, organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Seattle chapter. The event was designed to help people gain a better understanding of Islam."

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

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.

On November 7, 2001, the State Department released a new electronic journal on international religious freedom. The journal can be found online at The journal includes information from the International Religious Freedom Report issued by the State Department on October 26, 2001.

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