The following interfaith statement was endorsed and signed by Mark Johnson on behalf of the Fellowship of Reconciliation on March 29, 2011.
We, religious leaders from the faith community, stand together with our neighbors that have defended the Muslim community against Islamophobia, a new form of hate. Efforts such as the hearings called by Rep. Peter King serve to perpetuate fear and anger directed at Muslims, and endanger America’s religious freedom and diversity.
We now call upon people of all faiths to come out with their families on April 9 in New York City and April 10 in San Francisco to defend basic freedoms, and to stand in solidarity with our neighbors in the fight for justice at home and abroad, for peace and jobs, against wars and terrorism and to bring our troops home.
We defend the rights of unions to bargain and the rights of the undocumented workers to due process of law. We demand reform of our justice system to eliminate secret evidence and consistent criminalization of inner-city communities.
We support the rights of all people to practice their beliefs in peace at home and abroad and equal opportunity for all. We ask the Congress to conduct hearings against the rise of hate and hate groups in the United States.
Together we urge that the untold billions of dollars now spent for war instead be used for peoples’ needs at home.
Fellowship of Reconciliation | P.O. Box 271, Nyack, NY 10960
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