Website aims to show post-9/11 discrimination against Muslims, Sikhs
The Sikh Coalition is one of the groups spearheading the new website.
September 4th, 2011
08:50 PM ET

Website aims to show post-9/11 discrimination against Muslims, Sikhs

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Showcasing alleged hate crimes, physical threats and profiling, a diverse group of ethnic organizations has coalesced to bring attention to what they call discrimination against Arabs, Muslims, Sikhs and others in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The project, titled "Unheard Voices of 9/11," officially launched online Friday with a call for people to share their experiences about being discriminated, targeted and demoralized because of their spiritual and cultural beliefs.

"We were all affected by 9/11, but the mainstream media has not always covered our stories," said Sapreet Kaur, executive director of The Sikh Coalition, one of the groups spearheading the effort. "This website is our chance to tell our stories, so that our voices are no longer unheard."

Some memories posted on unheardvoicesof911.org are from the days immediately after the attacks. Within six days of the attacks, the FBI reported that it initiated 40 hate crime investigations into alleged murders, attacks and arson directed at Americans who are Muslims, South Asians and Arabs.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 9/11 • Islam • Sikh

September 4th, 2011
11:44 AM ET

Ireland ramps up battle with Vatican over child abuse

Ireland stepped up its battle with the Roman Catholic Church over child abuse Sunday, with Justice Minister Alan Shatter vowing to pass a law requiring priests to report suspicions of child abuse, even if they learn about them in confession.

The Catholic Church regards information learned in confession as completely confidential.

But under the law proposed by Shatter, priests could be prosecuted for failing to tell the police about crimes disclosed in the confession box.

Shatter said in a statement through a spokesman last week that priests' failure to report what they learn in confession "that has led sexual predators into believing that they have impunity and facilitated pedophiles preying on children and destroying their lives."

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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Catholic Church • Ireland • Sex abuse • Vatican

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