Interfaith leaders speak out against bigotry, ask what we can all do to be able to look in the mirror on November 9th and know we stood up for each other.
MIAMI – Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders came together today to call on their communities to ask themselves: What will you do between now and November 9 to make sure you can look yourself in the mirror after Election Day and know that you stood up to bigotry and hate?
The event at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Miami featured passionate calls for action to live out the shared values of Christianity, Islam and Judaism to love thy neighbor and to participate in civic life in a way that makes a real difference.
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“The esteemed faith leaders gathered here, represent the America that we are today: rich in diversity, rich in spirit. We ARE a multi-faith nation, a multiethnic country with liberty and justice for all. ‘ Love thy neighbor’ – there are no exceptions,” said Michael Malone, president of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Miami. “We teach our children that bullying is wrong, that name calling on the playground is unacceptable. We are sending a message today to our leaders that the use of subtle or blatant racist or xenophobic language is shameful. We are a better people than this.”
“In emergency medicine work we do triage. We look at the situation and decide what is the most important thing you have to do. This country is need of triage. We have to look at our core values and see what it is we really stand for. The world is watching us,” noted Aisha Subhan, an emergency room doctor in Fort Lauderdale and director of the Deen Intensive Foundation which organizes and manages Islamic educational programs.
“In this election, the political discourse, the morally offensive language and policy proposals violate the very foundation of what it means tome to be a person who looks at others as being created in the image of God,” said Rabbi Rachel Greengrass of Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest. “Leviticus tells us not to stand idly by, and Deuteronomy tells us not to be indifferent to the faith others. I believe wholeheartedly that every one us must live up to this with wholesale condemnations of proposals such as the one to ban Muslim immigration to the United States.”
Imam Khalid Abdullah Salahuddin, Sr., a member of the Board of Directors for the Coalition of South Florida Muslim Organizations (COSMOS), noted that his 13-year-old daughter is afraid to wear clothes that identify her as a Muslim to school because of the anti-Muslim sentiment that has been so pervasive in this election season. Still, he said, “we are confident that the American people are going to make the right choice, are going to reject hatred.”