First They Came for the Muslims…

Clergy Beyond Borders joins a broad coalition of interfaith, nonprofit, governmental, and nongovernmental groups, rallying in response to Congressional hearings assessing “the radicalization of Muslim communities in America.”

Join us in protecting religious freedom!

Sunday, March 6th at 2pm
42nd Street and 7th Avenue
Times Square, New York City

Please see — and share! — the event flier here. Co-sponsors include Buddhist; Catholic, Episcopal, Mennonite and other Christian groups; Jewish, Muslim and Sikh organizations as well as interfaith and ecumenical bodies.

Background and Prayer Links

The United States House Homeland Security Committee has set hearings on “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response” to begin on March 10. Committee Chair Peter T. King (R-NY) has told the AP that the hearings are expected to run for 18 months. Despite widespread protest to this examination of extremism ONLY in the Muslim community, King is committed to singling out one religious group for scrutiny as a threat. CBB believes this endangers both Muslims, here and abroad, and religious pluralism in the United States.

“We are all in the fight against terrorism together,” says CBB president/founder Imam Yahya Hendi. “Targeting one community doesn’t help but alienates people instead.”

CBB encourages religious leaders, along with all citizens, to consider the effect of this unprecedented attack on one religious group from the Halls of the U.S. Congress. CBB executive director, Rabbi Gerald Serotta, believes this should be a “time of prayer and introspection in the United States, as we try to determine how our country came to this pass, where public officials think they can target members of one religious group.”

For individuals and communities seeking prayer resources for this difficult time, here is a special interfaith prayer for the new moon (March 7-8) and a prayer for considering the force of words and the obligation to speak out.

Please also visit Praying/Learning for Unity/Solidarity (against anti-Islam hearings).

“They came for [the others], and I did not speak out because I was not [an other]….
“Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
— Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

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