Since the 9/11 terror attacks, Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders have been working together to try to calm anti-Muslim rhetoric down and redirect the conversation. But after the killing of 9/11 architect Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011, nearly one in three respondents to a recent survey agreed that “Muslims are mostly responsible for creating the religious tension that exists in the United States today.” This, according to a new national poll from Ohio State University. Imam Rauf, the New Yorker who sparked controversy over plans to build a mosque near ground zero, said he believed bin Laden’s death might ease tensions that still exist. Rauf has since curtailed his involvement in the Manhattan project known as Park51. Now, he’s contemplating the creation of an interfaith community center in the same area in an effort to promote unity between people of all faiths. Today we’ll talk with three religious leaders about these efforts. Has tolerance of other faiths grown or dissipated post 9/11? How do these religious leaders tend to their congregations when faced with such tragedy? And how does religion speak to the randomness of innocent lives lost?
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