Magazine article The Christian Century

Taking Time in Worship to Counter Bigotry

Magazine article The Christian Century

Taking Time in Worship to Counter Bigotry

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Religious and human rights activists are asking U.S. churches to invite Jewish and Muslim clergy to their sanctuaries June 26 to read from sacred texts in an initiative designed to counter anti-Muslim bigotry.

The initiative, called "Faith Shared: Uniting in Prayer and Understanding," is cosponsored by the Interfaith Alliance and Human Rights First. Leaders of the two Washington-based groups said the event is intended to demonstrate respect for Islam in the wake of Qur'an burnings in recent months.

"As a Christian minister who is a pastor in a local congregation, it is important to me for our nation and our world to know that not all Christians promote hate, attack religions different from their own and seek to desecrate the scripture of others," said Welton Gaddy, a Baptist pastor and president of the Interfaith Alliance, on May 17.

"We believe that demonstrating our commitment to those core American values will help counteract the intensified level of negative stereotypes and anti-Muslim bigotry in recent discourse," said Gaddy. …

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