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Reform Movement Condemns Dove World Outreach Center's "Burn a Koran Day"

Rabbi Yoffie: "We reject attempts at dividing our nation along religious lines, and, together with the overwhelming majority of America's religious leaders, commit ourselves to standing up to those who wish to ostracize and intimidate our Muslim neighbors."

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WASHINGTON, D.C., September 2, 2010 -- In response to the creation of the Dove World Outreach Center's "Burn a Koran Day," Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President of the Union for Reform Judaism issued the following statement:

We can scarcely find words to express our revulsion at the Dove World Outreach Center's "Burn a Koran Day," scheduled for September 11. Only those whose minds have been tainted by evil and acrimony would undertake to organize a sacrilegious event such as this and to do so in the name of God and religious piety.

We reject attempts at dividing our nation along religious lines, and, together with the overwhelming majority of America's religious leaders, commit ourselves to standing up to those who wish to ostracize and intimidate our Muslim neighbors. Our fight is not with America's Muslims, but with all those whose extremist views lead them to hateful and dangerous actions. We will not compromise our principles of tolerance and understanding, and we will not defer to those who preach hatred while cloaking themselves in religious garb.

We know that on this September 11, Reform congregations will do what they have always done - reach out and build new bridges of interreligious understanding and cooperation. That is the best response to the voices that would use the day to slander an entire community.

Comments

Dr. Lewis Chasalow

September 7, 2010
02:25 PM

Bravo

Bravo for saying something that needs to be heard. This reprehensible plan along with the voices condemning the Islamic center in Manhattan are just examples of the right wing of the political spectrum trying to use religion as a wedge issue to divide and conquer. They don't care about religious tolerance or freedom. All they care about is gaining power and they don't care who they hurt or offend to do so. We can be upset and fight against the acts of certain individuals while supporting the rights on which this country was founded. The way to end much of the violence and hatred of the US in this world is to demonstrate in both words and actions that we value the basic principles of freedom.

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