Thursday, August 12, 2010

Leaders of faith community condemn protest at mosque

I signed on to this letter to the editor (CT Post):
As people of faith, and community leaders of churches, synagogues and mosques, we were horrified to learn of the anti-Muslim protest on Friday outside the Masjid An-Noor mosque in Bridgeport. We are deeply troubled by those who would seek to incite fear and hatred toward our Muslim brothers and sisters, our neighbors and friends. The group responsible, "Operation Save America," demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding for the teachings of Islam, and does not represent people of faith in our communities. They reveal a lack of tolerance for pluralism and diversity in the practice of faith, as well as the legitimacy of differing faith-based teachings and beliefs on the social issues that they highlight in their protests. We stand together as one in our affirmation of diverse communities of faith co-existing and building bridges of dialogue and understanding.

Our communities have been building bridges for decades, and current opportunities for interfaith dialogue and co-operation include the Tent of Abraham interfaith dialogue program, the bridge-building ministry of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, and the Connecticut Sponsoring Committee -- a faith-based community organizing project for social change.

We wish our Muslim friends a blessed Ramadan, and commit ourselves to continuing to strengthen the bonds of understanding between us.
You can read about the protest here.

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