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OVER 5000 CHRISTIANS CALL FOR JUSTICE IN JOPLIN MOSQUE ARSON

Date: July 26, 2012

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 26, 2012

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OVER 5000 CHRISTIANS CALL FOR JUSTICE IN JOPLIN MOSQUE ARSON

Christians Standing Alongside Missouri’s Muslim Brothers and Sisters, Call for Reconciliation Washington DC, July 26, 2012 --

                In response to the recent hateful attacks on the Islamic Society of Joplin, Missouri, more than 5,000 Christians across the country have come together in a petition calling for answers. The petition urges the Justice Department to investigate the July 4, 2012 fire as a hate crime; this most recent incident marks the second act of arson in four years at this mosque.

               Geoff Tunnecliffe, CEO and Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance, who has written extensively on this topic said recently, “Let there be no doubt that as Christians, we want to live in peace with Muslims and with all men and women in this world. This is intrinsic to our religion from its founding, even though we have not and do not always consistently practice what God and our written revelation commands us. We regret the actions of Christians in the past and in the present whose actions have not or do not match the teachings and examples of Jesus. ”

                Iftikhar Ali, president of the Islamic Society of Joplin responded to the petition by saying, “We’re so grateful for this act of kindness. This show of support from our Christian brothers and sisters is so meaningful for us in this time of trial. We dearly hope the Department of Justice will respond and we are praying for a peaceful end to this destruction.”

                Rev. Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners, who led the petition, sought common ground and urged Christians to continue to stand for nonviolence. “We cannot come together if we cannot fundamentally agree to live in peace and understating. Meaningful dialogue is essential to our partnership with our Muslim neighbors, and it weighs heavy on my heart that these kinds of hate crimes still persist in this country.”

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Jim Wallis is the president and CEO of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States focused on the biblical call to social justice. Wallis is also author of the New York Times bestsellers God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It and The Great Awakening: Seven Ways To Change The World, Reviving Faith & Politics. His latest book is Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street.