In the wake of a recent hate letter received by the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, we of the Interfaith Alliance of Central California express our unwavering support for, and love of, our brothers and sisters of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno. This letter represents a level of intolerant and threatening sentiment that we categorically reject.
The Interfaith Alliance recently held a community Thanksgiving celebration that filled Temple Beth Israel to capacity. Representatives from 10 separate faith traditions (including Muslim), and each spoke of a mutual respect and support for Fresno’s remarkable interfaith collaboration, the distinctive contributions of each and every faith tradition represented there.
We hold that trust as a matter of solidarity with our Muslim community, and any other religious community targeted with similar vitriol. We also give full support and appreciation to the public statement issued by Rabbi Rick Winer on behalf of Temple Beth Israel.
Let it be clear that in our diverse traditions, IACC embraces the notion put forth by the late peace advocate William Sloan Coffin Jr., that “faith quells our fears, never our courage” in standing alongside good people of all faiths.
Rev. Norman Broadbent, Co-Chair, Interfaith Alliance of Central California, Fresno