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Different faiths united in sorrow

September 29, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

As people of faith from Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Baha'i and Unitarian Universalist religious traditions, we are united in our sorrow for the anti-Islamic video and the responses to it.

Violence cannot be the answer. In the face of violence done to all of our religious sensibilities, violence done to persons, property and to the sense of the safety and hope in the world, we raise our voices in favor of a different way.

Understanding and respect must be built between individuals and religious. Based in our own tradition's ethical teachings, we pledge to work toward peace in a peaceful manner. We pray that each person will find in their hearts and in their faith a way to reach across hatred to build bridges of dignity and graciousness.

We sign simply as individuals listed in alphabetical order.

Marwa Abd Almoneam, Mansour Al-Shammari, Rev. Bucky Beach, Susan Burack, Sr. Ellen Enright, Laleh Vahdat, Barbara McLean, Rev. Dr. Sydney Morris, Said Nooshabadi, Rose Rao, Steve Seidel and Dr. Melinda Quivik

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