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Ads counter anti-Muslim bigotry

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From Religion News Service:

Muslim group releases ads to counter wave of bigotry

By Adelle M. Banks

WASHINGTON -- A Muslim advocacy organization has released public service announcements -- including one featuring a Muslim firefighter who responded on 9/11 -- as part of a campaign to fight recent anti-Muslim bigotry.

“Muslim Americans were among the victims and also Muslim Americans were among the first responders,” said Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations at a Wednesday (Sept. 1) news conference at the National Press Club.

“We also should acknowledge that 9/11 hit us all hard and we should not allow those who seek political and religious division in the United States to win,” Awad said.

One of the public service announcements features Hisham Tawfiq of the New York Fire Department, tearfully recalling how he learned his firefighting colleague was missing after the attacks on the Twin Towers.

“I'm a New York City firefighter and I responded to 9/11 and I am a Muslim,” he said in the ad.

Gulf Coast Watchdog

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ProPublica, the independent, non-profit cooperative that produces investigative journalism in the public interest, is keeping a close watch on the Gulf Coast oil disaster. As other news outlets, seeemingly wrap up their coverage of the disaster, ProPublica keeps churning out reports.

Military archbishop on wartime service

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In NCR's Sept. 3 print issue, Judy Gross writes about "the myriad pressures" of military chaplains. (See Spiritual leaders in the battle zones). She begins her story with Fr. Kenneth R. Beale, an active-duty Air Force major and chaplain who at the time of the interview was preparing for his ninth deployment since 1996.

Catholic News Service, today filed this story from the U.S. military archdiocese:

Military archbishop reflects on challenges, rewards of wartime service

By Melanie Spencer
Catholic News Service

tHOUSTON -- Although the word "veterans" might conjure up visions of those close to or at retirement, veterans today are just as likely to be young people left injured physically or emotionally by war, says Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services.

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