The Crescent Report

August 31, 2010

Time to Name Names

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 1:13 pm

Yesterday I attended another interfaith even in which faith leaders spoke up against the current wave of violence and Islamophobia that is occurring in America. As usual, faith leaders quoted scriptures from their sacred texts that denounced bigotry and hatred. They pledged their resolve to stand with American Muslims against all forms of prejudice and injustice. And that is good and commendable. But as I sat there listening to speaker after speaker it dawned on me that there is something missing from these wonderful faith leaders’ speeches. They denounced bigoted acts, but never the bigoted actors.  It’s time for these religious leaders and their organizations to name names. Let me get the process started, “role call”: Stephen Emmerson, Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller, Joe Kaufman, Daniel Pipes, Rita Katz…There is more, but in the meantime, check out the piece below.

-Imam Mahdi Bray

Quote of the Day: “What goes on in the dark, must come out in the light.”

National Faith Leaders Hold Press Conference on Growing Violence and Bigotry Towards American Muslims

Prominent national faith leaders held a press conference yesterday to discuss the growing number of anti-Muslim incidents occurring recently within the United States. The press conference was held at the Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. The group denounced the increased violence and bigotry that has been exhibited towards Muslims and their houses of worship (mosques). The national faith and organizational leaders acknowledged that much of the current Islamophobic activity is being performed by a well-organized vocal minority. The group also acknowledged that the same vocal minority has been emboldened by the irresponsible and bigoted rhetoric espoused by political candidates and public officials. Represented at the press conference were:

Nihad Awad                           Council on American Islamic Relations

Naeem Baig                            Islamic Circle of North America Council for Social Justice

Rev. Karen Brau                     Luther Place Church

Imam Mehdi Bray                   Muslim American Society Freedom

Jean Duff                                Center for Interfaith Action

Rev. Jeffrey Haggray              First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C.

Sr. Asma Hanif                       Council of Muslim Organizations

Rabbi Mindy Portnoy             Temple Sinai

Rabbi Jonathan Roos              Temple Sinai

Rabbi Ethan Seidel                 Tifereth Israel Congregation

Salam Al-Maryati                   Muslim Public Affairs Council

Rev. John Wimberly               Western Presbyterian Church

The speakers reaffirmed their resolve to actively engage, within their faith-based traditions, all forms of violence, hate, and bigotry directed towards the American Muslim community.


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