Interfaith leaders speak out against violence

(AJC) Local interfaith groups, in two separate statements, have condemned the mass shootings in San Bernardino, Paris, and Charleston, S.C. and pledged to work together.

Soon after the shootings, Amjad Taufique posted a message on his Facebook page, condemning the violence and warning about Islamophobia.

Additionally, he sent a statement, endorsed by 14 masjids, churches and synagogues, urging a “call for action for people of all faiths to speak with one voice against these senseless acts, and to draw attention to the sanctity of life which every faith tradition emphasizes, including Islam.”

The statement goes on to say that the attackers “appear to, or in their own perverse way believe that they do this in the name of a religion, their actions do not represent any faith tradition.
Although a prompt rush to judgment is tempting, these violent events threaten not just those they immediately target but make each of us a victim of mistrust and prejudice which sap the strength of our society and our great nation, and we fear, will beget more hatred and the violence which follows. All people of faith who have affixed their names to this statement condemn the violence … in San Bernardino, California and in Savannah, Georgia; in Colorado Springs, Colorado; in Charleston, South Carolina and Paris, France and elsewhere around the world.”

It’s important to note that they also included instances of domestic terrorism and mass shootings in Savannah, Ga. at an abortion clinic and in Charleston, S.C., where nine people were gunned down in a church. [More]


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