Religious ldrs challenging anti-Muslim

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Wed, 09-01-2010 - 9:53pm

http://www.baptiststandard.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11596&Itemid=53

"Religious leaders challenging anti-Muslim rhetoric, violence
By Robert Marus
Published: August 30, 2010

WASHINGTON (ABP) -- Against a background of mounting anti-Muslim rhetoric and violence, Baptist and other religious leaders spoke out Aug. 30 against Islamophobia and urged federal officials to take a more proactive role in safeguarding Muslims’ civil rights.

A group of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders held a press conference at a Washington church denouncing the rhetoric and attacks – including a suspicous Aug. 28 fire at the construction site of a mosque that has stirred significant controversy in Murfreesboro, Tenn.; the Aug. 24 attempted murder of a Muslim taxi driver in New York; and a conservative Florida church’s plans to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11 as an anti-Islamic protest.

“We’re shifting from fear to fear-mongering, from misunderstanding to misinformation, from legitimate speech to hate speech to hate violence” said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, in the conference at Washington’s Western Presbyterian Church. The church was chosen as the setting for the briefing partially because its sanctuary hosts Friday prayer services for Muslim students at the adjacent George Washington University campus.

The anti-Muslim violence comes amid a raging national controversy over a planned Islamic community center a few blocks from the former site of the World Trade Center in New York. Polls show about two-thirds of Americans opposed to the center’s construction, viewing an Islamic institution near the site of terrorist attacks perpetrated by Islamic extremists inappropriate. The same polls also show significant minorities of Americans questioning whether the Constitution’s religious-freedom provisions apply to Muslims.

While many of the opponents of the Park51 community center project in New York claim they do not question the right of Muslims to build the center but rather question its appropriateness, more blatant anti-Muslim protests have surfaced around mosque construction projects in other parts of the country. In particular, many opponents of the Tennessee mosque have openly asserted their opposition to any sort of Islamic facility in their community.

Jeffrey Haggray, pastor of Washington’s First Baptist Church, called the upswing in anti-Muslim rhetoric “truly unacceptable” and said Christian and other religious leaders have a special responsibility to speak out against it.

“While we all celebrate freedom of speech in our nation, we would be engaging in denial if we did not acknowledge forthrightly that the acts of violence that are now surfacing against Muslims, mosques and other Islamic symbols are directly linked to the vitriolic and incendiary rhetoric and actions we have seen in recent weeks,” he said. “We are duty-bound to publicly condemn these actions both as Americans and as people of faith.”

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Wed, 09-01-2010 - 11:05pm

Someone set the Murfreesboro construction site on FIRE?!

Eek... Makes me wonder if they took Aasif Mandvi's segment on the 25th a little too seriously.

Heck, if there's one thing Tennessee is famous for lately, it's violence at churches they disagree with :P




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Thu, 09-02-2010 - 12:56pm

Yup, arson is what I've read, has been determined, also. <:\\

I am glad churches are speaking out against all the unfounded hysteria about the fiction that all Muslims are evil terrorists. It's about time! :O

It has not escaped me that all the bigoted behaviors against those who are "different," who are members of a minority category of some kind, generally escalate into violence at some point. And when minorities -- oh horrors! -- stand up for themselves, and others stand with them, to fight discrimination and denial of access to the same rights to which everyone is entitled in this country, then violence is escalated, in word *and* deed, in direct opposition. And it seems like an entitlement is growing, to take it to a violent level, and that sense of entitlement is being supported by some political and/or religious based segments of the population, as a justifiable step. Scary. ://



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