A Show of Solidarity from the Minneapolis Downtown Clergy
. . . we write to assure our Muslim colleagues here in Minneapolis that we will encourage, support, and pray for them as they nurture and build their communities in our midst. We firmly reassert our solidarity with them and with one another in the holy enterprise of Interfaith dialogue. We believe that the practice and understanding of our own traditions is enhanced — not threatened — by the presence of a vibrant, growing Islamic family that is fully integrated into our city’s life. We share the understanding that the best worship — in all of our religious families — is realized in serving the common good. So, to our Muslim brothers and sisters — especially in this, their holy season of Ramadan — we invoke the ancient blessing: shalom, salaam . . . peace.
For every Terry Jones, there are countless priests, pastors, and rabbis in cities such as my own Minneapolis — clergy who wholeheartedly welcome Islam into their religious and civic communities. These should be the voices garnering media attention, not some fanatic in Gainesville.