Source: Huffington Post
Jaweed Kaleem; Senior Religion Reporter, The Huffington Post
Carol Kuruvilla; Religion Associate Editor, The Huffington Post
“We must not allow fear to undermine the values that stand at the very core of who we are as faith leaders and Americans.”
More than 24,000 people have signed a letter of support for America’s Muslim communities, promising to build a “circle of protection” to defend them from hate and violence.
The “radical love letter,” which includes 7,000 signatures from clergy members, was hand-delivered on Thursday to Muslim leaders at the Muslim Community Network in New York City.
“God is not Muslim, God is not Christian, God is not Jewish; God is love. Love compels us to stand with our Muslim family, to have their backs. When they come for our Muslim family, they come for all of us,” said the Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Senior Minister of New York’s Middle Collegiate Church, while delivering the letter.
“This is a singular moment in time,” she continued. “Massacres and mayhem, vitriol and violence like I have never witnessed in my lifetime, all in the name of God. This is a singular moment in time, when good people of every faith join their voices in one freedom song: We will not stand by while our Muslim brothers and sisters — our policewomen, doctors, teachers and neighbors — are targeted with hatred because of the violent actions of a few.”