such as this one in Amritsar continued on Sunday
India MP Calls For 'Lynching' Of Hyderabad Rapists
for Women: Bollywood #MeToo Accused Back At Work
Alleged For Women Drivers in Turkmenistan
After 12 Nights Stranded In Australian Outback
Islamic State Bride
Lisa Smith Arrested On Return to Ireland
In Dundalk Says Smith 'Not Welcome There'
Banned from Twitter after Suggesting Congresswoman Should Be Hanged
Women’s Group in Bridgeview Has Been Meeting Monthly Since 1997
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demand justice after woman gang-raped and killed
of protesters gathered outside a police station on the outskirts of the Indian
city of Hyderabad on Saturday demanding four men accused of raping and
murdering a 27-year-old woman be handed over to them.
protesters clashed with police, hurling slippers, after the charred body of the
woman, a veterinarian, was found in the town of Shadnagar, near Hyderabad, on
said medical evidence would be hard to obtain given the state of the body but
that they were working on the assumption the victim had been raped.
four accused were remanded in judicial custody for 14 days, police said.
victim's mother demanded that the culprits be burnt alive; the Times of India
newspaper quoted her as saying.
incident is reminiscent of the fatal gang rape of a young woman, labelled
Nirbhaya (Fearless) by Indian media, on board a bus in 2012. The crime sparked
widespread protests and drew international attention to violence against women
current case has also provoked outrage on social media with #HangRapists
trending on Twitter in India.
has been 7 yrs to the gut-wrenching #Nirbhaya case & our moral fabric
continues to be in pieces," Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar tweeted. "We
need stricter laws. This needs to STOP!"
National Commission for Women has condemned the incident, with its head Rekha
Sharma saying it "won't leave any stone unturned till these perpetrators
get the punishment they deserve".
commission advises the government on policy regarding women's rights and aims
to provide a voice for issues ranging from sexual exploitation to employment,
but has no judicial powers.
Saturday, around 30 protesters including college students rallied outside a
police station in central Delhi, carrying placards demanding justice and an end
to crime against women.
your blood doesn't boil even now, it's not blood but water," they chanted.
of the protesters, student Kanchan Pal, 19, said she wanted to raise her voice
in support of rape victims.
are being raped everywhere, whether it is Delhi or Hyderabad or any other
state," said Pal. "We don't feel safe."
Bachchan: India MP calls for 'lynching' of Hyderabad rapists
Indian MP has said the men who raped and murdered a 27-year-old vet in the city
of Hyderabad should be "lynched".
know it sounds harsh, but these kind of people should be brought out in public
and lynched," Jaya Bachchan said in parliament.
other MPs from across the political spectrum also condemned the brutal
gang-rape and murder.
were held across India after the victim's charred remains were found following
her disappearance last week.
say they have arrested the four men who gang-raped and murdered the woman.
and violence against women remain at high levels despite widespread public
anger at high-profile cases.
Monday, the anger on the streets was reflected in parliament with many MPs demanding
to know what action the government planned to take to make the country safer
Bachchan, a former Bollywood actress who is very vocal on women's rights
issues, led the MPs in demanding justice for the victim.
think it is time... The people want the government to give a proper and
definite answer," she said.
Sathyananth, an MP from the southern state of Tamil Nadu, said the country was
not safe for children and women and demanded that the "four men who
committed this crime should be hanged before 31 December. Justice delayed is
Minister Rajnath Singh said "this act has brought shame to the entire
country, it has hurt everyone" and that he didn't have appropriate words
to "condemn this heinous crime".
said tougher laws that were introduced after the December 2012 gang-rape and
murder of a young woman in Delhi had given hope that crimes against women would
since that had not happened, Mr Singh said, "the government is ready for a
discussion in the parliament on the issue of crimes against women and willing
to explore stringent provisions in laws to check such incidents".
Minister Narendra Modi has not yet commented on the case.
happened to the victim?
woman had left home on her bike at about 18:00 local time (12:30 GMT) on
Wednesday to go to a doctor's appointment.
called her sister later to say that she had a flat tyre, and a lorry driver had
offered to help. She said she was waiting near a toll plaza.
to contact her afterwards were unsuccessful, and her body was discovered under
a flyover by a milkman early on Thursday morning.
Indian law, a rape victim cannot be identified even after death, but on Friday
the woman's name was the top Twitter trend in the country for several hours as
tens of thousands of angry tweets demanded justice.
photographs have also been shared widely on social media by those demanding
justice for her.
has the wider reaction been?
a police station on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Saturday, thousands of people
gathered to protest, insisting the culprits must face the death penalty.
in the country there were other protests and vigils for the victim.
family members of the victim have turned away visiting politicians and police
officials, demanding action instead.
the community of Shamshabad in Hyderabad, where she lived, residents locked the
main gate and held placards saying: "No Media, No Police, No Outsiders -
No sympathy, only action, justice."
police officers have been suspended following allegations by the victim's
family that they had not acted quickly enough when the victim was reported
suggested she may have eloped, relatives told the National Commission for
Women, a government body.
and sexual violence against women have been in focus in India over the past few
years but there has been no sign that anti-female violence is abating.
to the latest government crime figures, 33,658 women were raped in India in
2017 - an average of 92 every day.
industry for women: Bollywood #MeToo accused back at work
— A year after Bollywood followed Hollywood by naming male predators accused of
sexual harassment, many women say they have suffered while alleged perpetrators
are back in the limelight.
the US, #MeToo triggered the downfall of powerbrokers including Harvey
Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Brett Ratner. Victims were hailed as trailblazers
for speaking out, and millions of dollars were raised to support their cases.
Bollywood, women have faced a backlash, campaigners say.
singer Sona Mohapatra accused composer Anu Malik of sexual misconduct she was
told to vacate her judge's seat on TV talent show, "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa".
was marked as a troublemaker and asked to leave. Overnight," Mohapatra
said last month. Program producers Zee TV denied her claims, telling AFP her
departure had "no connection" with #MeToo.
maelstrom forced Malik, who also had a molestation case filed against him in
the 1990s, to stand down last year as a judge on the Sony TV show "Indian
was later reinstated. But after campaigners fought back, Malik, who has
dismissed the allegations as "false and unverified", announced his
departure for a second time last week.
was a rare victory for #MeToo in Bollywood, where many high-flyers accused of
harassment and even rape have revived their careers after lying low for a few
Vikas Bahl, whose name was initially removed from the credits of the hit movie
"Super 30" following a sexual misconduct complaint, was reinstated
after being cleared by an internal committee, which reportedly did not involve
Subhash Kapoor, on trial for molestation, was initially dropped from a movie
produced by Aamir Khan, one of Bollywood's most-feted actors. But the superstar
backtracked, saying only a court could establish whether or not he is guilty —
a process likely to take years in India's overburdened legal system.
actor Alok Nath, under investigation for rape, has sued the complainant for
defamation. His film "Main Bhi" ("Me Too"), in which he
plays a judge overseeing sexual harassment cases, is awaiting release.
imagine the advice many of the men got was 'just go underground for a year and
people will forget'," said singer Shweta Pandit, who was 15 when composer
Malik, then 40, allegedly asked her to kiss him in exchange for work.
classically-trained vocalist, Pandit told AFP the 2001 incident made her
"shut down" and become a recluse.
stopped trusting people," she said, tearing up. "Singing was the only
way I could express myself."
never discussed the incident until the #MeToo campaign jolted her into speaking
out last year.
then, she has faced online trolling and a backlash.
men are like, 'if we hire her, then she might say something, better be
careful.' For some people, the moment a woman speaks, she is trouble," she
well-wishers had warned me against saying anything but I have to stand my
Khan, a consultant who conducts workshops against sexual harassment in the
entertainment industry, told AFP: "Bollywood is still grappling with the
fact that this problem exists."
protection system for predators is very strong."
a result, many accused men have resurrected their careers with relative ease,
rehab without remorse."
the case credited with kickstarting India's #MeToo movement has hit roadblocks.
Tanushree Dutta first accused Bollywood star Nana Patekar of touching her
inappropriately while filming a song in 2008, when she was 24 and he was 57.
least two people — a journalist and an assistant director — have publicly
corroborated her version of events.
incident effectively ended her career, the former Miss India told AFP. Police
refused even to register her harassment complaint.
lost friends, I lost work, I went through periods of depression.
your work is taken away from you, you feel like you have no reason to wake up
sometimes," she said.
repeated the claims in an interview a decade later, triggering an outpouring by
women across India.
agreed to accept her 2008 complaint but closed the case in June, citing
accused them of deliberately botching the investigation.
who has repeatedly denied the allegations, did not answer AFP interview
Dutta, who plans to appeal the police decision, #MeToo is only a beginning.
never set out to be a revolutionary," she said.
they already destroyed my career so what have I got to lose? I am not backing
down." — AFP
Roadblock Alleged For Women Drivers In Turkmenistan
Ashgabat mother who's been driving for two decades has found herself stranded
after authorities recently refused to extend her driver's license in what looks
like a fresh blow to women drivers in the male-dominated Central Asian country.
woman, who doesn't want her identity revealed for fear of reprisals, says more
than a dozen visits to the relevant authorities have elicited no explanation
for why they derailed her routine application for a renewal.
never gotten a ticket, she says. "When I demanded that one official show
me some official document" to explain the cutoff, she adds, he described
"a verbal instruction from above."
said, 'Please understand me: I can't accept your applications.'"
says driving is essential to her family life.
other women in the capital have shared similar stories with RFE/RL's Turkmen
Service about not being allowed to apply for extensions in the past several
months. Turkmen driver's licenses require renewal every 10 years.
suffers from a legacy of Soviet bureaucracy and bribery is rampant. But
informal polling of male drivers gave no indication of any similar trend among
women told RFE/RL that while obstacles to license renewal had existed for some
time, they believed the flat refusal to accept their applications began only
accusations come against a backdrop of claims that Turkmenistan has already
taken measures to discourage women from driving, including arbitrary stops and
citations as well as on-the-spot confiscations of licenses.
mother who lost her license says there was another sign that other women were
being targeted specifically. "When [I] asked when the authorities are
going to issue licenses again, the official said, 'As soon as they start
[issuing licenses again], there will be rumors in the city about it and you'll
find out,'" she says.
of women have described having their licenses seized by traffic-police officers
under thin pretexts like missing spare tires or lack of a first-aid kit.
February, opposition publication Chronicles Of Turkmenistan said 20 or so
female drivers were stopped and inspected at a single traffic post on Bitarap
Turkmenistan Avenue in one day alone.
September, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service reported that traffic officers were
stopping female drivers en masse on downtown roads and summarily taking their
licenses before taking them to the central traffic-police headquarters.
authorities have not publicly commented on allegations that they are singling
out female drivers despite repeated attempts by RFE/RL to get official comment.
rescued after 12 nights stranded in Australian Outback
woman has been rescued after almost two weeks wandering the Australian outback.
McBeath-Riley, 52, was being treated in an Alice Springs hospital for
dehydration and exposure after she was found late Sunday, Police Superintendent
Pauline Vicary said. The air search continued on Monday for her friends Claire
Hockridge, 46, and Phu Tran, 40.
three set out from Alice Springs for an afternoon drive on November 19 and
their car became bogged in a riverbed southwest of the town.
McBeath-Riley found water about 1.5 kilometres north of the car.
she appears to have stayed where the water is and has been drinking that and
that’s probably what kept her going,” Ms Vicary said.
said she and her companions found a waterhole. Her companions began trekking 20
kilometres toward a highway on Thursday, planning to avoid the desert heat,
which came close to 40 degrees Celsius in recent days, by walking at night and
carrying up to 7 litres of water.
McBeath-Riley said she decided to stay at the waterhole with a dog that she did
not think would survive a walk to the Stuart Highway, which connects
Australia’s north and south coasts. They did not know anyone was looking for
the helicopter found me, I thought that Claire and Phu had reached the highway.
That was my immediate thought. So to find that’s not the case is worrying,”
McBeath-Riley told reporters.
Vicary said searchers had found one set of footprints.
quite a diverse terrain. There’s sandy dunes, there’s hard clay, there’s areas
of dense trees, but there are also rocks and ranges in the area,” Ms Vicary said.
pair had little food with them, she said.
cattle rancher played a key role in saving the woman, telling police that he
spotted tire tracks in an area that had not been searched.
a result of that information, we were able to locate the vehicle and then from
there they have followed some of the other tracks and have located her,” Ms
State bride Lisa Smith arrested on return to Ireland
01 December 2019
Irishwoman who became a so-called Islamic State bride in Syria has been
arrested as she arrived back in Ireland with her two-year-old daughter.
Smith, 38, is a former member of Ireland’s Defence Forces who went to the
war-torn country in 2015 after converting to Islam and becoming radicalised.
Smith had been living with her child in a Syrian refugee camp.
was deported from Turkey and put on the first scheduled Turkish Airlines flight
to Ireland, which landed at Dublin airport shortly before 1030.
police said: “Today, Sunday 1st December 2019, at Dublin Airport, An Garda
Siochana has arrested an Irish Citizen (38 year old female) on suspicion of
terrorist offences following her deportation from Turkey.
is currently being detained at a South Dublin Garda station under the
provisions of Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939 as
child, also an Irish citizen, was in the company of the female and is now being
cared for by relatives.”
broadcaster RTE said she was accompanied by three consular officials from the
Department of Foreign Affairs, members of the Army Ranger Wing, and a Turkish
was not in custody for the four-and-a-half-hour flight but Irish police were
waiting at Dublin airport for the plane’s arrival.
of her arrival showed her covered in a pink blanket as she was taken from the
plane in heavy rain.
daughter was born in Syria but is an Irish citizen.
Smith is originally from Dundalk in Co Louth, close to the Irish border with
has said the father of her child was a suspected member of IS who died last
Smith held a relatively lowly role in the Defence Forces but worked on the
official Irish Government jet.
accompanied former president Mary Robinson and then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern on
numbers of Europeans left for Syria to fight for and against IS during a bloody
war which destroyed the Middle Eastern country and produced millions of
Smith has denied being involved in violence.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said she should have the right of return to Ireland and
that removing her citizenship would not be right or compassionate.
Britain, captured British Islamic State fighters will be brought back to the UK
to be put on trial if it is the best place for them to face justice, the
national security adviser has said.
Begum, the Bethnal Green schoolgirl who fled to Syria to join IS in 2015, was
stripped of her British citizenship by then-home secretary Sajid Javid,
prompting her to take legal action against the UK.
Begum claims she married Dutch convert Yago Riedijk 10 days after arriving in
told The Times that she left Raqqa in January 2017 with her husband but her
children, a one-year-old girl and a three-month-old boy, had both since died.
third child died shortly after he was born.
woman in Dundalk says Smith 'not welcome there'
1 Dec 2019
Dundalk woman who helped Lisa Smith convert to Islam has said while she cannot
stop Lisa Smith from attending the Dundalk Community Mosque, the 38-year-old
"will not be welcome there".
Duffy grew up in Muirhevnamore in Dundalk, close to Lisa Smith and her family.
council estate was known locally as "Little Belfast", after many
families moved there during the Troubles.
grew up in the same estate but we didn't go to the same schools, the only
contact we had with each other was when we met on the street. It was 'hi' and
;bye; and that was it", she said.
Smith joined the Defence Forces in 2000, serving as a private at Aiken Barracks
in Dundalk for five years before transferring to the Irish Air Corps where she
served as a flight attendant on the Government Jet.
was around 2010 that Carol Duffy struck up a friendship with Lisa Smith.
was a friendship that would last just over three years.
met her when she came to the Mosque to ask questions about her conversion to
Islam. She was still in the Army. She was living like anyone else would. She
said she had tried a few religions beforehand but she always seemed to come to
Islam because she had friends who were Muslim," she said.
Duffy said initially they got on well and enjoyed each other's company.
liked her, she was a nice girl but sometimes when people come to religion, it
brings out the best in them, but in Lisa's case, it brought out the
worst," she said.
became arrogant, self-centred, she was arguing about everything. She had
militant ideas. She was very quick to make it about them and us. It was the
Muslims against everyone else, this is what she started doing. It's not an
attitude we're used to. We don't believe in them and us," she said.
Ramadan 2012, Carol Duffy invited Lisa Smith to her house.
had been asked to speak to Lisa about her behaviour.
was the last time the two friends spoke.
were worried about things she was doing so I invited her to my house. It was
basically to tell her that people are talking about her. We had a row then and
she left my house," she said.
she left Lisa Smith told Carol Duffy that she was moving to Tunisia.
Duffy says to her knowledge Lisa Smith returned to Dundalk in 2015 before
leaving for Syria.
the story of her whereabouts broke earlier this year, Carol Duffy said she
initially believed Ms Smith had simply been in the wrong place at the wrong
time and had found herself in Syria through bad luck, after getting stuck there
while on holiday.
was thinking, why would you go there? How would a white woman get into Syria
from Ireland? Why would you leave comfort and go live in a war zone? I didn't
believe it. When I saw her interviews, it completely changed my mind. Her
demeanor, the way she was talking. It completely changed my mind about her
being naive and not knowing what she doing."
are not boy scouts. This is not a club where you go and enjoy yourself. People
were killed and murdered. Women are sold off like cattle. Children are married
Smith has been saying she was just a housewife doing her shopping and visiting
friends but she would have seen all that.
one of her reports she said as she was going in a taxi with her new husband he
told her not to look at the side of the road. There was a man nailed to a cross
on the side of the road with his eyes gauged out. How can you be so flippant
happens to Lisa Smith, Carol Duffy said she won't be welcome back at the Mosque
talked about this a lot. I have my own opinion but I can't push that on the
other women. People don't want her here. Some of these women have come from
war-torn countries and they came here to get away from that. They want to live
here and want to have peace for once in their life".
if she comes into worship we can't stop her but when it comes to our classes or
activities, she won't be welcome in any of those."
rival banned from Twitter after suggesting congresswoman should be hanged
01 December 2019
has permanently suspended the accounts of one of Democratic Representative
Ilhan Omar's political rivals after she accused the Minnesota Muslim
congresswoman of treason and suggested Omar should be hanged.
social media giant on Saturday banned Republican House candidate Danielle Stella's
personal and campaign accounts for "repeated violations" of Twitter's
a potential Republican candidate challenging Omar for her Minnesota seat in the
2020 election, pounced on unsubstantiated media claims earlier this week that
the Muslim congresswoman had been recruited by Qatari officials to pass on
classified information to Qatar and Iran.
it is proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for
#treason and hanged," Stella wrote in a tweet.
congresswoman has already dismissed the accusations and denounced them as
“outlandishly absurd,” nevertheless, the claims continue to be spread.
said in response to Stella's comments on Twitter that the Republican
candidate's latest statements were “violent rhetoric” that could “inevitably”
lead to violent threats and harm.
is the natural result of a political environment where anti-Muslim dogwhistles
and dehumanization are normalized by an entire political party and its media
outlets," Omar wrote on Twitter. "Violent rhetoric inevitably leads
to violent threats, and ultimately, violent acts."
has received a number of death threats since winning her seat in the 2018
New York man pleaded guilty on November 18 to threatening to kill Omar in a March
call to her office. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and up to a
Omar is part of "the Squad" of four colored congresswomen who have
clashed with President Donald Trump over his racist rhetoric. All four
congresswomen, three of them Muslim, were elected to the House of
Representatives in last year's elections.
July, Trump stirred controversy by telling Omar and Representatives Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley to “go back” to where they
interfaith women’s group in Bridgeview has been meeting monthly since 1997
a Sunday afternoon in November and inside St. Fabian Catholic Church in
Bridgeview Turkish tea and Pakistani chai are brewing.
banquet tables are carafes of Palestinian sage tea and North African orange
blossom tea, not to mention assorted cakes and cookies, while women gather at
round tables boasting all manner of tea pots.
is the 18th annual formal gathering, and the 200th-plus casual meeting, of the
St. Fabian Parish and The Mosque Foundation Women’s Dialogue Group. Though the
yearly meetings have typically been dinners, this time the group is hosting a
weekend afternoon tea, in the hopes of attracting newcomers.
are here to connect, understand and talk about the things women everywhere talk
about -- their children, their neighborhood, their faith.
Benameur greets the crowd of nearly 50.
March 19, 1998, 14 women of different faiths, ages and nationalities came
together as a group to learn about each other’s faith and customs ... Here we
are, 21 years later, still learning, loving and building relationships and
closing some gaps.”
of all faiths are welcome, but the group’s core is made up of about 20
dedicated neighbors and friends who either attend the church on Thomas Avenue
or the mosque on 93rd Street.
just people, just women getting together,” said Andreatte Brachman, a member of
St. Fabian. "We enjoy each other’s company.
eat together, we pray together, nobody is interested in changing anyone’s
religion. We’re all interested in learning more,” she said.
this day, the ladies are gathering to discuss tea and anything else that comes
to mind. The topic of the day is “What you always wanted to know but were
afraid to ask.”
group was started in 1997 by Karen Danielson, a member of The Mosque
Foundation, after she approached the Rev. Walter Turlo, then pastor at St.
Fabian, about creating a dialogue.
was working with a (group) of Catholic, Jewish and Muslim women in Chicago. We
were traveling to the north side and downtown. I wanted to create one in my
hometown,” she said.
first official gathering was that fall. The following spring, monthly meetings
began, she said.
some of the original members have passed away or moved, Danielson said, "A
lot of us are the same women, still meeting."
dine and they discuss. Topics have included worship practices, saints, angels
in both faiths, as well as similarities and differences in religious hierarchy.
In between, they share news about their children and grandchildren.
summer, Brachman hosts a barbecue in her backyard.
of the women have been members since the start, Danielson said.
seen the birth of our children and grandchildren. We go out to dinner, we go out
to lunch,” she said.
they come together in the name of service, volunteering to help at BEDS Plus
homeless shelters and serving tea to seniors at assisted living centers. Soon,
they’ll prepare a dinner for women seeking refuge from domestic violence at the
Crisis Center for South Suburbia in Tinley Park.
do a number of things, but what we do best is sustainable engagement,”
said the group has been so successful that a few years ago she was invited to
address the Parliament of World Religions to describe their model of
the friendships were tested during the tensions that arose following the
terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, they passed with flying colors.
then, the mosque was surrounded by SWAT teams and the National Guard had been
called to Bridgeview. Muslims were told by police to not leave their
neighborhood and had to show a driver’s license when traveling about, Danielson
was the women of St. Fabian who were first to reach out to the women of The
Mosque Foundation, she said.
women that we have our dialogue with called me and others. They were the first
to reach out to us. They brought us bread, milk, whatever we needed,” she said.
first weekend after the attacks, an interfaith prayer service was held at St.
Fabian during which the Imam from the Mosque Foundation spoke.
a lot of (the Catholics) that was really their first time meeting us. They
hosted us, called us neighbors, said they stand with us,” Danielson said.
few years ago, she added, on the anniversary of 9/11, there were more threats
against the mosque and in addition to police protection, the Muslims found
support from the dialogue group as well as Oak Lawn clergy, the Southwest
Interfaith team, Jewish Voice for Peace and Alianza Americas.
said all of the women in the group are supportive of the missions at the
Catholic church as well as the church members.
her mother passed away in June, some of the first people she contacted were the
members of the dialogue group.
all came to the wake. Such kindness,” she said.
all went together to visit a sick member of the group who was unable to attend
small things like that. It’s togetherness,” she said. “And I love the fact that
we were together before 9/11.”
longtime member of the dialogue group, Huma Murad came to the United States
from Pakistan. She said, “There’s so much misinformation about Muslims and
other faiths. So we want to make sure we do face-to-face learning. That’s the
reason we come together, to learn about each other, to build bridges and make
the world a better place.”
a mother of five and grandmother of three, has been an activist and teacher for
more than 20 years. She currently teaches a class in Contemporary Challenges at
Universal School in Bridgeview.
said she believes it is religion that will move the world forward.
truly believe people of faith, no matter where they come from, can really inspire
and do something different. Unfortunately, the ‘nones’ are on the rise, people
who don’t affiliate to any faith or religion," she said.
fear people who don’t have faith, who only live for this moment. That idea is
rooted in materialism. It doesn’t matter what comes next, it matters what I do
now,” she said. “That’s a real problem in our society. It’s why we go to war.
It’s why we do all sorts of things. Because it’s about what I want for myself,
what I think I deserve or I have the privilege of.
feel like our religions teach us to do what’s right. If people of faith grasp
the true meaning of faith they will realize they must be that agent of change
in their society. The divisiveness, can it be changed? If not by people of
faith then who?”
said her involvement with the interfaith women’s group has impacted her
children and their career choices.
is who Mom is, and who our family is,” she said. “We are a family who respects
people of different faiths. We are a family who is not afraid to have close
relationships with people of other faiths.”
said if an interfaith gathering conflicts with another invitation, they always
opt for the gathering.
defines us. This is the candle in the dark. This is important,” she said.
son is a chaplain at Arizona State University as well as an assistant Imam at
the mosque in Tempe, Ariz. Her daughter works for MAS-ICNA Convention to
promote the American Muslim community. The conference that meets annually at
McCormick Place now exceeds 20,000.
chair a parallel program in the conference called the Interfaith Symposium in
which we try to bring various interfaith work models to speak to American
Muslims,” she said. “It’s a learning moment for American Muslims to listen to
leaders from interfaith communities talk about what inspires them, what
motivates them, what are their important issues.”
work, she said, had spun off to put her in touch with Latino communities and
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