Quantcast
About this site
About us
Our beliefs
Your first visit?
Contact us
External links
Good books
Visitor essays
Our forum
New essays
Other site features
Buy a CD
Vital notes
World religions
BUDDHISM
 
CHRISTIANITY
Who is a Christian?
Shared beliefs
Handle change
Bible topics
Bible inerrancy
Bible harmony
Interpret Bible
Persons
Beliefs, creeds
Da Vinci code
Revelation, 666
Denominations
 
HINDUISM
ISLAM
JUDAISM
WICCA / WITCHCRAFT
Other religions
Cults and NRMs
Comparing religions
Non-theistic...
Atheism
Agnosticism
Humanism
Other
About all religions
Important topics
Basic information
Gods & Goddesses
Handle change
Doubt/security
Quotes
Movies
Confusing terms
Glossary
World's end
One true religion?
Seasonal topics
Science v. Religion
More info.
Spiritual/ethics
Spirituality
Morality/ethics
Absolute truth
Peace/conflict
Attaining peace
Religious tolerance
Religious hatred
Religious conflict
Religious violence
"Hot" topics
Very hot topics
Ten commandm'ts
Abortion
Assisted suicide
Cloning
Death penalty
Environment
Equal rights - gays & bi's
Gay marriage
Nudism
Origins of the species
Sex & gender
Sin
Spanking kids
Stem cells
Women-rights
Other topics
Laws and news
Religious laws
Religious news

 

!!!!!!!! Search error!  If the URL ends something like .htm/  or .htm# delete the character(s) after .htm and hit return.

WORLDWIDE NEWS OF RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE FOR 2001-SEPT

horizontal rule

Sponsored link.


horizontal rule

We also have a list of religious intolerance news for this month. 
Sad to say, these are usually much longer lists.

horizontal rule

bullet

2001-SEP-18: One week after: Items arising from the NYC and Pentagon terrorist bombings: News of religious tolerance has taken a back seat after what was the greatest outpouring of religious intolerance and hatred in the history of the United States. A gang of 19 extremist, radical, fundamentalist Muslims piloted four kamikaze jet liners towards the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and (probably) the Capitol Building. The latter flight crashed in Pennsylvania; the others hit their targets, killing about 3,000 people from over a dozen nations, and injuring a similar number. Following this terrorist attack there have been hundreds of reports of harassment and assaults on innocent Muslims, Arabs and people who look like Muslims in both the U.S. and Canada. At least two conservative Christian leaders joined in by attacking Pagans and others in the country. More details.

But there have been some positive signs arising from this disaster:
bullet

There seems to be an increase in spirituality across the nation; people are asking questions that had never concerned them before. In the words of Tana Dineen, a reporter for the Vancouver Sun: "...they pray, light candles, sing, cry and express a unity that President George W. Bush described at last Friday's service of remembrance as a 'kinship of grief.' We have a sense of loss and a sense of community - a feeling that people actually care about each other." 11

bullet

We can never forget the incredibly brave actions which were taken by firefighters and police officers who acted without considering the risks to themselves. Many people are now looking upon their local police officers, firefighters, and the military in a new light.

bullet

Tana Dineen continues: "There is a mood of cooperation that is sweeping the country. Something larger than either life or death has gripped North America. In the aftermath of last week's horror, we've witnessed the rising up of some of the most precious qualities of the human spirit: strength, courage, kindness, love and endurance. It's been a long time since I've felt proud to be human, but that's what I'm feeling these days." 11

bullet

Many Christians are reaching out to Muslims and followers of other minority religions. We see a great increase in inter-faith religious services, including a Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish service at the National Cathedral in Washington.

bullet

When Jerry Falwell issued words of divisiveness, attacking Pagans and others for causing the tragedy, journalists, agency workers, health workers, and others were outspoken in their criticism. It is rumored that his divisive comments caused his donations from his supporters to dry up quickly. Falwell later apologized.

bullet

2001-SEP-18: Armenian court clears Jehovah's Witnesses: The Witnesses (aka Watchtower Society or WTS) became active in Armenia in 1991, after the collapse of the USSR. The Armenian constitution guarantees religious freedom. However, the legislation favors the Armenian Apostolic Church. New groups find it difficult to become registered with the government. The WTS had been charged with forcing young people to evade military service, and with recruiting new members. About 20 WTS members have refused to be drafted and have been given prison sentences. The WTS was acquitted on SEP-8. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe expressed pleasure with the decision; they hope that a new draft law on alternative military service will be passed to prevent future prosecutions in the country. 12

bullet

2001-SEP-20: Antidote to homophobic hatred: The webmasters at Straight Dope have decided to counter hate speech by Rev. Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, KS. He is responsible for the "GodHatesFags" web site. Straight Dope is collecting pledges, so that every time that Phelps updates his web site with more hatred against gays and lesbians, they will donate money to gay rights and AIDS research. 13

bullet

2001-SEP-28: National Council of Churches to meet with Muslim leaders:  The National Council of Churches in Christ in the USA (NCCCUSA), has announced an agreement to meet with Muslim leaders in America on a regular basis in the wake of the September 11th, terrorist attack. The first meeting was held on SEP-26. General Secretary Bob Edgar said: "Never has interfaith understanding and cooperation been more important than it is today. The peace of our neighborhoods, and the true security of nations around the world may well turn on our capacity to build communities of respect and to bear witness together for justice and peace."

horizontal rule

References:

  1. DayWatch is a daily service of Maranatha Christian Journal. It provides "a daily summary of news headlines with a Christian perspective..." The newsletter is free on request. Their web site is at: http://www.mcjonline.com 
  2. ENI (Ecumenical News International) provides free bulletins and subscriptions to full text articles. Their home page is at: http://www.eni.ch Its postal address is: PO Box 2100, CH - 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
  3. Newsroom is a service of Worldwide Newsroom Inc. Their articles are written by "a network of journalists, scholars and other professional contacts in country." You can subscribe to their free service from their website at http://www.newsroom.org/ 
  4. ReligionToday provides free newsletters to which you can subscribe at: http://www.ReligionToday.com. These summaries are part of GOSHEN.net, which also includes LiveIt.net, Devotionals.net, ChristianShareware.net, ChristianClassifieds.net, ChristianMessageBoards.net, BibleStudyTools.net, MediaManagement.net, WorldNewsToday.net, WebCastGuide.net, and ChristianCollegeGuide.net
  5. Reuters is "the world's leading financial information and news group. Their web page is at: http://www.reuters.com/ 
  6. CitizenLink is a service of Focus on the Family. They send regular Emails containing news items interpreted from a Fundamentalist Christian perspective. Signup is at: http://www.family.org/cforum/clinksignup.cfm 
  7. Earth Religions Legal Assistance Network is a leading anti-defamation group which fights discrimination against Neopagans. See:  http://www.conjure.com/ERAL/eral.html 
  8. Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) maintains a free mailing list. Go to http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acns/ to subscribe.
  9. EWTN is a news service of the Roman Catholic Church. It posts news items from Newsline, Newslink, and The World Over on its Internet site at: http://www.ewtn.com/news/index.htm
  10. Alternative Religions Educational Network (AREN) is an information organization located in Philadelphia. It has monitored discrimination against Wiccans throughout North America for three decades. Their web page is at: http://aren.org
  11. Tana Dineen, "Trauma counselors do more harm than good," 2001-SEP-20, Vancouver Sun, Vancouver BC, Canada.
  12. "Court acquits Jehovah's Witnesses," Associated Press, at: http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/
  13. See Phelps Watch at: http://www.ourdawson.com/phelps/phelps_watch.asp

horizontal rule

Copyright 2001 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2001-SEP-2
Latest update: 2001-SEP-30
Compiler: B.A. Robinson

line.gif (538 bytes)

horizontal rule

Go to the previous page, or return to the tolerance in the news menu, or choose:

Google
Web ReligiousTolerance.org

Go to home page  We would really appreciate your help

E-mail us about errors, etc.  Purchase a CD of this web site

FreeFind search, lists of new essays...  Having problems printing our essays?


Twitter link

Facebook icon

Google Page Translator:

This page translator works on Firefox,
Opera, Chrome, and Safari browsers only

After translating, click on the "show
original" button at the top of this
page to restore page to English.