Credit Where Credit is Due Department:
According to the Houston Chronicle, over 2,000 members of the Houston Muslim community volunteered at the George R. Brown convention center on September 11--helping the hurricane victims. One spokesman said he welcomed the opportunity to serve on 9/11 in order to demonstrate rejection of the Islamic extremists who flew the planes into the towers. This group is part of the interfaith community effort here to organize assistance for the shelters.
People who aren't familiar with Houston tend to think of it as a stereotypical Texas city with a homogeneous population. Houston today is one of the most cosmopolitan urban centers in the United States. We do have a significant Mulsim population, with mosques and Islamic schools scattered across the region. We also have a significant Hindu population--there is a new Hindu temple under construction about a mile away from our church.
It is wonderful to see these Muslim neighbors joining with the churches, synagogues and temples in the Katrina relief effort. I pray we will see more cooperative efforts between these groups in our community in the future.