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Christian-Jewish Council Expands Membership to Include Muslims

October 30, 2001

Source: The Stamford Advocate

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/stamford/2001-10-30/article9.shtml

On October 30, 2001 The Stamford Advocate reported, "Council to admit two Muslim organizations, change name." The article noted, "To help promote understanding and tolerance after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Council of Churches and Synagogues of Southwestern Connecticut has admitted two Muslim organizations and intends to change its name to...

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Some U.S. Muslim Organizations Call for End to Bombing in Afghanistan

October 29, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 29, 2001, The New York Times reported that "A group of American Muslim organizations has called for the United States to halt its bombing campaign in Afghanistan and instead develop 'a more effective and long-term policy' to counter terrorism." Fifteen Muslim groups signed the document, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Circle of North America. The article noted the diversity of opinion on the issue, reporting that "several major groups did not sign the statement, among them the...

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Memorial Service at "Ground Zero"

October 29, 2001

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2001/10/29/national0440EST0462.DTL

On October 29, 2001 The San Francisco Chronicle reported, "Families of World Trade Center victims attend memorial service at ground zero." The article quoted Rabbi Joseph Potasnik of the fire department: "Death will not conquer our love. We will hold on to the memory, we will hold on to this moment,...

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Japanese-Americans Speak Out Against Backlash

October 28, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 28, 2001, The New York Times featured an article on Senator Daniel K. Inouye's address to a gathering of "soldiers from the Army's famed 442nd Regiment Combat Team, the segregated Japanese-American unit in which Inouye served during World War II." The article reported that Inouye said he discussed his experiences with Muslim leaders and heard their concerns about the struggles of Muslims in America since the terrorist attacks. The group of veterans visited "the nation's memorial to the Japanese-Americans who fought and...

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Controversy Around Sheik Kabbani's Comments

October 28, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 28, 2001 The New York Times reported, "Muslim Leader who was Once Labeled an Alarmist is Suddenly Sage." The article reports on the response to comments of Sufi Muslim leader Sheik Muhammad Hisham Kabbani on high rates of extremism within the American Muslim community. These comments are raising interest from the media and government, but are raising concerns from some scholars and experts. The article notes, "Sheik Kabbani's profile and motivations, in reality, are a complex intertwining of religious and political...

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Panelists Tackle Issue of Backlash

October 28, 2001

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On October 28, 2001, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that think tank panelists addressed the question: "Why do scapegoats emerge in a national crisis?" The panel included speakers from a variety of backgrounds and religious traditions.

Muslim Women Find Empowerment and Fear in Hijab

October 28, 2001

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On October 28, 2001, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured an article on Muslim women in Pittsburgh. Many of the women featured are more afraid to wear their head scarves since the September 11 backlash as it is a "visible manifestation of a Muslim woman's faith...Many Muslim women consider the head scarf a form of feminist expression, because it forces people to judge them by their character rather than their looks." Other women discussed how this is misunderstood in America, but one woman added that "'the U.S. is still one...

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Muslim-Jewish Marriages Face New Difficulties

October 28, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 28, 2001, The New York Times featured an article on marriages in which one partner is Jewish and the other Muslim. "These are trying times for couples in which one partner is Muslim. Last month's attack is intruding into their relationships in subtle and not so subtle ways, unearthing latent prejudices in their communities." The article focused on the story of two different couples living in New York.

Moderate Muslims are Beginning to Speak Out

October 28, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 28, 2001, The New York Times reported that "many moderate Muslims are speaking out in favor of a more tolerant form of their faith. They are emboldened by their sense of anger at the Sept. 11 attacks and embarrassed by what they see as a distorted vision of their religion...It is impossible, of course, to say how many among the nation's Muslims, estimated variously at two million to six million, are vocally distancing themselves from conservative Islam, though it is probably a small minority. A majority of Muslims,...

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First "Gifts of Pluralism" Interfaith Conference Held in Kansas City

October 28, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On October 28, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported on the first area-wide interfaith conference in Kansas City. "The 'Gifts of Pluralism' conference, sponsored by the Kansas City Interfaith Council, attracted about 250 people from 14 faith groups...Participants told their faith stories and asked one another questions, meeting in pairs,...in small groups and over meals. They chose workshops of faiths they knew little about or were curious about. People stood along a wall in the crowded Islamic workshop. Some conceded that Sept....

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New Book Offers "Spiritual Response to the Attack on America"

October 27, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.beliefnet.com

On October 27, 2001, the Los Angeles Times featured an article on the recent book From the Ashes: A Spiritual Response to the Attack on America. It "manages to succeed with a collection of thought-provoking essays, prayers, letters and interviews with some of the world's greatest religious thinkers drawn from a rich array of faith traditions...The collection was assembled by editors of the multifaith Internet site Beliefnet, and all...

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Editorial: "Being an American Should Mean Something"

October 25, 2001

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On October 25, 2001, The Milwakee Journal Sentinel featured an editorial by Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald. The editorial discusses statements by "Mona Charen, a nationally syndicated, politically conservative columnist, [who] wrote a piece in which she argued that, while we mustn't 'persecute, insult or harass Arabs and Muslims within our borders,' we should kick them out." Pitts comments that "it's an idea so absurd in its xenophobia you can hardly take it seriously. Then you realize it's so absurd you can't...

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