Rabbis among religious leaders to speak out against anti-Muslim violence


(JTA) – Rabbis David Saperstein and Burton Visotzky will be among the prominent U.S. religious leaders who will speak out about the recent shootings and violence plaguing America.

Leading Jewish, Christian and Muslim officials are scheduled to address the media Thursday morning about the faith community’s national response to the shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis.; the burning of the Islamic Center of Joplin, Miss.; and the opening of the often-attacked Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Speaking at the teleconference will be Saperstein, director and counsel at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Visotzky, director of the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue, Jewish Theologicial Seminary; Bishop Denis Madden, chair of the Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, U.S. Conference of Bishops; Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America; Kathryn Lohre, president of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations; and Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

The teleconference is being organized by Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Standing with Muslims; Upholding American Values, a national campaign dedicated to ending anti-Muslim sentiment, a statement said.

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