Islam

After Backlash, New Public Service Advertisements

September 28, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On September 28, 2001, The New York Times reported that "American Muslim and Arab groups have enlisted government officials, Islamic scholars and even a teenage pop star to combat what many fear could be a rising tide of harassment and hate crimes....The announcements were recorded by Attorney General John Ashcroft; Senator John McCain; Mary Frances Berry, chairwoman of the Commission on Civil Rights; and Mandy Moore, a 17-year-old singer popular with preteenagers."

Atlanta Area Muslims Fear for Safety of Women, Children

September 27, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 27, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Consititution reported that "members of a local mosque recently told city leaders...[that] Muslims can no longer afford to be a quiet, secluded minority." Some area Muslims fear for their safety; "many women stayed home from Friday prayer services after the [terror] attacks, and the mosque suspended Sunday religion classes for children." Despite fears, "local Muslims want to reach out to the community and let them know that mosque members are good citizens."

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."

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