Interfaith

Acts of Support and Solidarity Following the Backlash

September 18, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On September 18, 2001, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on letters from local school children, sent to the President, the rescuers, and to children at Al-Salam Day School, a local Muslim school that had closed due to threats. The article reported, "Riverview Gardens schools Superintendent Chris Wright told school principals that the recent terrorist acts, which have been linked to Islamic extremists, offered students a chance to learn about American values as well as about discrimination against Arab-Americans or Muslims...

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Americans of All Faiths Seek Solace, Understanding After Terror Attacks

September 17, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 17, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that, "Atlantans filled their churches, synagogues and mosques to hear their spiritual leaders attempt to fathom the unfathomable. Some warned of God's vengeance against the people responsible for Tuesday's terrorist attacks. Others cautioned against overreacting or fighting violence with violence." The article included messages from sermons given around Atlanta: "At Marietta First United Methodist Church, one of the members, Gov. Roy Barnes,...

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Citizens Act Locally to Support Muslim Neighbors

September 17, 2001

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/religion/472580_wedgwoodsider_.html

On September 17, 2001, The Dallas Morning News reported that "Forty Denton County clergy from all faiths and races stood on the grounds of the Islamic Society of Denton on Sunday afternoon, shoulder to shoulder, surrounding Imam Ahmed Alarafi, the leader of the society. They gathered to show their support for the Islamic congregation and its mosque, where a Molotov...

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

September 17, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Gate

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2001/09/17/DD216924.DTL

On September 17, 2001, The San Francisco Gate published Jon Carroll's editorial "Support Americans of all faiths." He wrote of the angry mail he had already received, expressing hate for Muslims and Arab Americans, and noted, "It is easy to be tolerant and openhearted in the good times. Our commitment to the ideals of the Constitution is tested in...

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Americans of All Faiths Seek Solace, Understanding After Terror Attacks

September 17, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On September 17, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "On the first Sunday after last week's devastating terrorist attacks, preachers told standing room-only crowds that God had no hand in the nation's horrendous loss. Their sermons stressed that punishment -- not revenge -- is appropriate, and many cautioned against making any ethnic or religious group the scapegoat. 'We must remember that evil does not wear a turban, a tunic, a yarmulke or a cross. Evil wears the garment of a human heart, a garment woven from the threads of...

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Increasing Intolerance in US

September 17, 2001

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/09/16/gen.hate.crimes/index.html

On September 17, 2001, CNN reported that "Reports of hate crimes against Muslims and southeast Asians have risen exponentially across the U.S. in the wake of Tuesday's terror attacks." These attacks included some 300 reported attacks against Muslims; the firebombing of a Hindu temple in Matawan, New Jersey; and over 100 attacks against Sikhs, including an Arizona murder that may have been a hate...

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The Murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi

September 17, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.arizonarepublic.com/news/articles/0917attacks-hate17.html

On September 17, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported that "Hundreds of people across the Valley on Sunday mourned the slaying in Mesa of a Sikh gas station owner whose only crime, his loved ones say, was that he looked Arabic and wore a turban." The article continued, "Throughout the weekend, hundreds of Valley residents visited the makeshift shrine set up...

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Americans of All Faiths Seek Solace, Understanding After Terror Attacks

September 17, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On September 17, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "Throngs of people turned up at houses of worship in the Bay Area and across the nation yesterday for services that focused on last week's terror attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and western Pennsylvania. Churches were jammed with the kind of attendance that is usually only seen on Easter or Christmas. ...At Glide United Methodist Church in San Francisco's Tenderloin, the rafters shook during two full-house services. Scores of people were turned away...

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Americans Seek Understanding of Islam

September 17, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/260/metro/Mosque_opens_its_doors_to_the_public+.shtml

On September 17, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that the Islamic Society of Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts held an open house on Sunday. The community has received threats but has also "been buoyed by dozens of calls, letters, and faxed messages of support from local non-Muslims. He points to the woman who presented...

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

September 17, 2001

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/09/17/gen.hate.crimes/index.html

On September 17, 2001, CNN reported on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Press Conference which "detailed scores of reports of attacks against American Muslims, South Asians and Arabs since the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington last week." The article noted that CAIR has "has received reports of harassment of Muslim women and obscenities shouted on the street; bombings,...

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Editorials Regarding the Backlash, Scapegoating: Immediate Responses (Sept 13-16)

September 16, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 16, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution published a series of letters to the editor under the heading "Americans Express Unity." One letter stated: "We Christians and Jews have more in common with our Muslim brothers and sisters than we have differences. I pray that we remember we are believers in the same God and are all children of Abraham. As we hear of more news reports of the possible involvement of radical Islamic terrorists, please remember that these are in the minority. Pray for all...

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In the Aftermath: Reaching Out, Offering Assistance and Correcting Misconceptions

September 16, 2001

Source: Newsday

On September 16, 2001, Newsday reported on the rush of volunteers to assist after the terrorist attacks. "The outpouring showed New York to be the immigrant town it has always been. Noha Abdelghany, 16, and her cousin, Galia Ahmed, 15, came in from the Bronx, and helped the Salvation Army hand out sandwiches, fruit and cookies to the other volunteers. The girls, who are Egyptian Muslims who wore traditional head coverings, said they wanted to dispel anti-Muslim stereotypes held by some Americans. Abdelghany's best friend's father, who is...

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