The Role of Religion in the War Against Terrorism

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Three days after the attacks on New York and Washington, Americans began converging on churches, synagogues and mosques. Sadly, widespread reports of insults, threats and vandalism against Muslim Americans also began circulating. President Bush declared a day of prayer and remembrance, and we responded with a program about religion in times of crisis and tragedy. We spoke with leaders of different faiths about the consoling power of religion and the contradiction of invoking religion to justify violence. The program is as fresh and relevant today as it was a few weeks ago. (Originally broadcast September 14, 2001 on To the Point.)
  • Newsmaker: Heroism on United Flight 93 - Amid unthinkable devastation and horrific images on television, accounts of heroism began to emerge. Charles Lane, of The Washington Post, reported on cell-phone conversations from passengers on United Flight 93, which had crashed in Pennsylvania. By resisting terrorist skyjackers, they may have diverted the plane from its intended target. (Originally broadcast September 12, 2001 on Which Way, LA?.)
  • Reporter's Notebook: Philadelphia Hockey Stops, Ends with Bush Speech on Scoreboard - The hockey game at Philadelphia's First Union Center between the Flyers and New York Rangers began with fistfights but ended with handshakes. Tim Panaccio, sportswriter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, recounts how rabid hockey fans called a time out to hear from their President. (Originally broadcast September 21, 2001 on To the Point.)

The Washington Post

Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Judson Memorial Church

Los Angeles Times

Valley Beth Shalom

The Philadelphia Inquirer



Warren Olney