FLORIDA: Muslim talk urges respect among faiths
Muslim talk urges respect among faiths
By Howie Paul Hartnett, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Sunday, October 7, 2001
DAVIE -- If you see a group of Muslims in the pew next to you today, don't
They're just following the advice of Paul Findley, a Republican
congressman from Illinois from 1961 to 1983.
Findley urged Muslims Saturday to bring the truth about Islam to people of
all religions to dispel American misconceptions. While he was in Congress,
Findley supported U.S. negotiations with the Palestinian Liberation
Organization and has since served as consultant to the American-Arab
"They have the idea that Islam abuses women terribly," said Findley,
author of Silent No More, Confronting America's False Images of Islam.
"Most Americans see Allah as a strange and vengeful God."
How many of you will go to a church or synagogue to explain Islam? he
About 30 of the more than 500 attending Saturday's Challenges Facing
Muslims conference, sponsored by the Islamic Circle of North America and
the Muslim Community of South Florida, raised their arms.
It's a start for a much-maligned community in the aftermath of last
month's terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
"The purpose of this gathering is to certify the sentiments and solidarity
of the South Florida Islamic community with the victims of Black Tuesday,"
ICNA Miami Chapter President Mohammad Irshad told the crowd inside the
Signature Grand Auditorium.
For more than four hours Saturday, the audience listened to pleas for
tolerance and promises of support from Muslim, Christian, Jewish and local
It is unfair to blame all Muslims for the acts of the suspected
terrorists, said Rabbi Mark Gross of Temple Beth Orr in Coral Springs.
"Our Jewish community will not allow that to happen, and we will not stand
by," Gross said. "The greatness of this country is our ability to
But that respect must go beyond mere words, ICNA President Zulfiqar Ali
The request of Palm Beach County's two Jewish Community Relations Councils
that Jewish groups submit the names of Muslims for background checks
before any dialogue is not right, Shah said after the meeting.
"That's offensive to me," he said
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