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bullet 2008-APR-04: MA: Inter-faith gathering to express concern about religious vandalism: The The Islamic Center of Western Massachusetts in West Springfield, MA, has recently been the target of three hate-motivated attacks. Their building and a van in their parking lot were damaged by large rocks. They also received threatening phone calls. The local police do not regard the attacks as hate crimes because there was no graffiti left. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reports on a positive note:

"People of different faiths gathered in front of the Islamic Center yesterday to express support and censure the violence that the center has suffered in recent days. 'When you hurt, we feel the pain, too,' said Rabbi Jerome S. Gurland, one of several local religious leaders who addressed the crowd of more than 150 people. The vigil was a show of solidarity with the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts, whose center recently was the site of three attacks and threatening phone calls."

"Islamic Society president M. Saleem Bajwa welcomed all. 'This gives us a feeling that we are not alone,' he said. 'For the past 10 days, our Islamic Center has been the target of a campaign of hatred and harassment'. He said those who vandalized the center are doing a disservice not just to the center, but to the whole community. 'This is serious business, and we want (the law enforcement community) to reach to the bottom of this crime,' he said. Islamic Center members are not angry, Bajwa said. 'We are sad, and we are fearful. We are willing to live in peace,' he said. 'The Islamic religion stresses peace, love and harmony'." 1

bullet 2008-APR-15: Lebanon: Public more hopeful that religious conflict will not resume: Lebanese citizens were asked whether they thought a renewal of conflict in their country was likely. Most were generally optimistic. Typical comments:
bullet "There wont' be a civil war, because the Lebanese took a lesson from the first war and we know it did not have a good effect on our families."
bullet "Before there was a civil war between Muslims and Christians, but now Muslims and Christians are friends and brothers. Muslims and Christians are not divided like before."
bullet "Thirty years ago people did not know better, but they know better now. If we fight now, we'll lose everything that we gained in the past few years after the war. ... Maybe if our leaders change there won't be a civil war for sure."
bullet "People blindly follow their leaders, without questioning their background or that they committed war crimes. The majority of our leaders have committed war crimes. There will be a new civil war because our leaders commit violent acts and we have become the victims of their acts. They put war thinking in Lebanese minds."
bullet "A civil war depends on the international situation. The way international politics plays will determine what happens here in Lebanon."
bullet "No one here wants war. All the war attitudes come from the outside. Every day you hear how rockets and guns are imported into Lebanon. We only need Lebanese to control things. We need Lebanon to be independent."
bullet "A civil war might break out if a regional war between America, Syria, Israel and Iran is to happen. The US has enough problems in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Lebanese are sick of war." 2

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay.

  1. ""Religious community holds vigil after vandalism," CAIR news briefs, 2008-APR-05.
  2. Kenneth Changpertitum, "Muslims and Christians are not divided like before," The Daily Star, 2008-APR-14, at: http://wwrn.org/

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Copyright 2008 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2008-APR-04
Latest update: 2008-APR-15
Compiler: B.A. Robinson

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