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Getting to Know American Muslims And Their Faith: A Gap in Knowledge
American Muslims make up less than 1% of the nation, according to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, yet they have been a constant target of right-wing groups.
*According to Washington Post/ABC polling data, American public opinion from 2002 to 2010 reversed from being generally favorable to generally unfavorable towards Muslims.
*According to data compiled by the ACLU, from January 2010 to June 2011 the rate of hate crimes and discriminatory incidents towards American mosques increased by over 400% compared to the previous period of 2006-2009 (-4 incidents per month vs. 1.5 per month).
Sign up to become a certified volunteer speaker with the ISB in order to help reverse negative, inaccurate stereotypes.
Other Key ING Trainings: Bay Area
Training for Parents and Youth: Answering Difficult
Questions about Muslims and Their Faith
Muslim Cultural Center, East Bay
Pleasanton Saturday, December 3
Why do you put your feet in the sink?
Why do you wear that rag on your head?
Who is Muhammad any way?
Does your dad beat your mom?
Why does your religion make you starve for a whole month?
Sometimes these questions are asked with genuine interest, but often the questioner has deep-seated stereotypes. The best way to help people understand Muslims and their faith is to educate them in a manner that will help them understand the truth behind common misconceptions. This session will help us do just that. The speakers will share guidelines and answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Islam and Muslims.
This training that will include group exercises for both parents and youth to prepare you in answering difficult questions about your faith.
Interfaith Speakers Bureau (IFSB) Training
Islamic Networks Group
Thursday, November 10pam
The San Francisco Bay Area Interfaith Speakers Bureau (IFSB) covers presentation requests from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties. The Bureau covers 5 faiths – Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism.
The Interfaith Speakers Bureau (IFSB) is an ING program developed to expand its educational outreach efforts to promote religious literacy and mutual respect. All IFSB speakers are practitioners of their faiths and are taught to adhere to the First Amendment Center principles when presenting about religion. The program promotes religious pluralism and mutual respect by modeling civil dialogue between the diverse religious communities and emphasizes our shared values and practices, while helping us understand our differences.
Islamic Networks Group
San Jose, CA
Bullying Prevention & College Networks Outreach
The Program Officer has key responsibility for supporting the development and maintenance of ING’s Bullying Prevention Program and the College Outreach Networks effort.
Specifically, the Program Officer’s responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
- Further developing and maintaining the Bullying Prevention program.
- Further developing and mainintaing the College Networks Outreach
The Programs Assistant has key responsibility for supporting the development of and maintaining ING programs (Islamic Speakers Bureau; Interfaith Speakers Bureau; Cultural Diversity) in accordance with the organization’s mission, and strategic and business plans.