Interfaith

Americans Seek Understanding of Islam

October 1, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 1, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that Muslims from the Boston area "welcomed about 300 people to the Islamic center of New England to learn more about Islam...Reports of discrimination against Muslims appear to be spreading, and some community members are trying to respond...Many who attended heard about the event through their schools, church, or synagogue...To try to battle misperceptions about Islam, organizers of [the] event distributed informational fliers, spoke to the crowd about the principles of Islam, and...

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Muslims Against Terrorism

October 1, 2001

Source: No source given.

A new organization, Muslims Against Terrorism, has been formed to "stand against those who preach violence and hatred in the name of Islam and to promote peace and understanding through interfaith and intercultural coalition building." http://www.matusa.org

Multifaith, Interfaith Responses to Terrorist Attacks (October)

October 1, 2001

Source: Newsday

On October 1, 2001, Newsday reported that "Hundreds of Queens residents gathered...for a solemn and, at times, spirited multifaith service honoring World Trade Center victims. Reflecting the borough's diversity, representatives of virtually every major global religion delivered remarks, including Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Buddhist."

In the Schools: Harassment and Unity

October 1, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50170-2001Sep30.html

On October 1, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "Despite a trend toward multiculturalism in schools and record numbers of immigrants during the 1990s, educators say there exists deep ignorance in the United States about people beyond its borders. The attacks, they say, should lead to a broader curriculum that takes students outside Americans' traditional...

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Acts of Support and Solidarity Following the Backlash

September 26, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/la-092601kind.story

On September 26, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported, "Expressions of Support Surprising to Muslims." The article gave many examples of kindness and connection that have come about in the wake of tragedy. "Some Muslims in Southern California say that public shows of support from political leaders, such as President Bush reading peaceful passages from the Koran, set the tone for the rest of the country."

Japanese-Americans Speak Out Against Backlash

September 26, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-092601intern.story

On September 26, 2001, The Los Angeles Times featured an article about the response of Japanese Americans to the recent "backlash" against Arab-Americans and Muslims. "Even as they join in the nation's mass grieving and decry the terrorists' deeds, they are reliving their own experiences of being shunned by neighbors and carted off to internment camps after the...

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Debate Over Impact of Antiterrorism Measures on Civil Liberties

September 25, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 25, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported, "Attorney General John Ashcroft sought new investigative powers to track down terrorists as he faced sharp questioning Monday from the House Judiciary Committee over whether his proposal would violate civil liberties. Ashcroft urged quick action to give federal investigators increased authority to tap cellphones, read e-mail, collect credit card information and detain immigrants suspected of terrorism. 'The death tolls are too high, the...

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Increasing Intolerance in US

September 25, 2001

Source: Time.com

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101011001-175969,00.html

On September 25, 2001, Time.com featured a story about the rising intolerance in America. The comprehensive article noted, "Imagine this: you wake up every morning nervous, stalked by faceless enemies. It is nothing personal; they just hate what they think you represent. The attack could come at any time, and there is virtually no defense. If that seems to...

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Debate Over Impact of Antiterrorism Measures on Civil Liberties

September 25, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On September 25, 2001, The New York Times published the editorial "Liberties In a Time Of Fear." Dr. David Cole of Georgetown University Law Center noted, "We must resist antiterrorism measures that we would not be willing to impose uniformly. Airport security measures imposed on all travelers, for example, are likely to reflect a proper balance between security and freedom, because we all have a stake in maintaining that balance. But measures selectively targeted at particular groups or individuals are more subject to abuse. What...

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