Interfaith

Editorials Regarding Backlash, Scapegoating: (Sept 17 - October)

September 20, 2001

Source: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

On September 20, 2001, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram published an editorial by Bud Kennedy regarding statements made during a town prayer service called "Community United." The editorial noted, "On the national day of prayer intended to unite us as one America against evil and international terrorism, a Baptist pastor said he's sure glad he doesn't have to pray with any Muslims...The Burleson Star newspaper quoted Pastor Milburn: 'Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, not multiple deities or Allah.'" Others who...

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The Murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi

September 20, 2001

Source: www.az.gov

http://www.az.gov/webapp/portal/displaycontent.jsp?id=869

On September 20, 2001, Governor Jane Dee Hull issued the statement "Arizona Responds," which read, in part: "With the murder of Mr. Sodhi, we saw the price of mindless violence." She noted, "This was a good man. To hurt anyone because of the way they look is wrong. No one should be targeted because of appearance or religion and the senselessness of this violence is hard to comprehend." She...

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Backlash on College Campuses

September 20, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On September 20, 2001, The Washington Post reported on incidents of backlash on college campuses. At George Washington University, there have been threatening emails, "basically telling these students to watch their backs... some of [the recipients] are actually Indian or South Asian, and they're not even Muslim. All [the writers] are going on is appearance or the sound of the name." The article quoted a student, orginally from Afghanistan: "'All of the sudden, when you walk through school, life has changed,' she said. 'All of...

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Islamic Scholars Condemn Terror Attacks and Speak Out about Islam

September 19, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 19, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported on the common roots of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity and aimed to dispel some misunderstandings about Islam. "'People tend to think of what's happening now --- the Taliban and bin Laden --- in terms that are purely religious,' said John Iskander, assistant professor in religious studies at Georgia State University. 'They de-politicize what's happening and focus entirely on Islam. They ask, Is Islam a violent religion?...The answer is yes and...

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In the U.S.: Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs, South Asians Face Threats, Violence (September 17 - October)

September 19, 2001

Source: The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)

http://www.mcall.com/html/news/top/a_pg009a9_5hindu.htm

On September 19, 2001, The Morning Call reported that "Members of several groups representing area Indian-Americans met with U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey Tuesday to discuss reported incidents of verbal abuse and harassment against their people since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States." The diverse group noted, "Indian-Americans of every religion...are proud U.S...

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Multifaith, Interfaith Responses to Terrorist Attacks (September)

September 19, 2001

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On September 19, 2001, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "Christian, Muslim and Jewish clergy will lead a prayer service tomorrow at noon in Market Square to mourn those killed in the terrorist acts of Sept. 11 and to pray for survivors, rescuers and world peace." The article noted that, "The clergy of Pittsburgh want to give the entire community an opportunity to gather, mourn and move toward healing and reconciliation."

In the Schools: Harassment and Unity

September 19, 2001

Source: South Whidbey High School

On September 19, 2001, students at South Whidbey High School in Langley, Washington pledged "to end the practice of discrimination and hatred in their own hallways and community, and standing up against it when they see others committing it." They issued the statement "Resolution for a United Nation" and challenged high school students across the country to join them. "Students who sign the resolution will wear a gray ribbon that signifies the ashes and the dust that settled over Manhattan. It also symbolizes the determination of...

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