Friday, August 13, 2010
Religious Leaders Support NY Mosque; Denounce Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich
More than 40 prominent Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders and religion scholars condemned the "xenophobia and religious bigotry" that is fueling an increasingly strident opposition to a proposed Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero. They specifically challenge the divisive rhetoric of Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin, who have strongly opposed a center that will promote interfaith relations, combat extremism, and offer community programs for Americans of all religious backgrounds.
"It's simply wrong for Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin to malign all Muslims by comparing this cultural center and mosque with a radical ideology that led to the horrific attacks of 9-11," said Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby.
"We fail to honor those killed by terrorists when we betray the bedrock principle of religious freedom that has guided our democracy for centuries."
Faithful America - an online community of more than 100,000 people of faith - also stands up for the American Muslim community. It advises interfaith cooperation in response to anti-Muslim sentiment and fierce opposition to proposed mosques in communities across the country.
Faithful America members are signing a petition to honor the "many contributions of American Muslims toward global peace" and denounce bigotry and limits on religious freedom as a betrayal of American values.
The full statement with signatories is available online here. You can view and/or sign the Faithful America petition HERE.