Omaha Public Radio News
Fri September 9, 2011
Project Interfaith reflects on faith, liberties ten years after 9/11 terror attacks
By Katie Schubert
Omaha, NE – Omaha's Project Interfaith is marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks with a discussion on how far we've come since then.
Project Interfaith is hosting a discussion on civil liberties and interfaith relations. The event is also an opportunity for Omahans of all faiths to reflect and discuss the impact of the September 11, 2001 attacks on their lives.
Executive Director Beth Katz believes the attacks increased curiosity about religion. "For some people that's more specifically learning about Islam, but I think it extends broader beyond that, I think there was a heightened awareness after 9/11 that there is a greater presence of religious diversity in our country beyond Christianity and Judaism, and that it is important to have some sort of working knowledge of what that means."
The event will also serve as a preview of Project Interfaith's Community Mosaic Project. Katz says the organization was surprised by the religious diversity that the Mosaic Project revealed. "We ended up with over 720 videos that really reflect the incredible diversity not just within Christianity, we certainly have a lot of different denominations of Christianity here, but also we have many different forms of Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, atheism even, and many other groups that are present in this community."
Katz hopes Sunday's discussion will educate everyone about Omaha's religious diversity and correct misinformation about religious beliefs. Civil rights attorney and author Sahar Aziz will speak about liberties and security following the terror attacks.
The Project Interfaith event begins at 2pm Sunday at the Joslyn Art Museum.