U.S. religious leaders to speak out against anti-Muslim violence

(JTA) – Some of the country’s ranking religious leaders will speak out about the recent shootings and violence plaguing the United States.

Leading Jewish, Christian and Muslim officials are scheduled to address the media Thursday morning about the faith community’s national response to the Oak Creek, Wis. gurdwara shooting, 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 Rabbi David Saperstein, director and counsel at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Rabbi Burton 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, United States 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; 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 organized by Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Standing with Muslims; Upholding American Values. This national campaign is dedicated to ending anti-Muslim sentiment, a statement said.

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