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US bishops’ committees denounce anti-Muslim prejudice

Catholic World News - September 10, 2010

Echoing statements made recently by American interfaith leaders and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, the heads of three US bishops’ committees said in a September 9 statement that “all acts of intolerance aimed at a religious community should find no place in our world, let alone in our nation which is founded on the principle of religious freedom.”

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, and Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany made “the words of the Holy See our own”:

These deplorable acts of violence, in fact, cannot be counteracted by an outrageous and grave gesture against a book considered sacred by a religious community. Each religion, with its respective sacred books, places of worship and symbols, has the right to respect and protection. We are speaking about the respect to be accorded the dignity of the person who is an adherent of that religion and his/her free choice in religious matters.

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Sep. 11, 2010 11:03 AM ET USA

    It's "intolerant" to burn a Torah, Bible, or Koran, but it's "violent" to injure and kill people. It's not Judaism or Christianity that that is fueling religious violence. Statements like the above appear to excuse violence against those who would disrespect Islam. In the United States, victims of anti-Semitic violence outnumber victims of anti-Islamic violence 8 to 1.

  • Posted by: jmgauley8596 - Sep. 11, 2010 1:06 AM ET USA

    CORDOBA HOUSE Learn about the Cordoba House established in Cordoba, Spain. Many centuries ago after the Moors conquered the Christians. A cathedral was converted into a mosque and named accordingly. A reversal happened when the Moors were driven from Spain. Google explains the history. Today, some of the Mosque’s backers insist this term is being used to "symbolize interfaith cooperation" when, in fact, every Islamist in the world recognizes Cordoba as a symbol of Islamic conquest.

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