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Muslim leaders meet with staff of National Council of Churches

2001-283-3
10/3/2001
[Episcopal News Service]  After a meeting with Muslim leaders in New York, National Council of Churches General Secretary Bob Edgar said, 'We shared our repudiation of the attacks and of any who distort Islam, turning a religion of peace into a justification for murder.' In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and the Pentagon, the NCC will hold regular consultations between Christian and Muslim leaders.

Following the September 26 meeting, participants agreed that a top priority would be to help major media producers demonstrate more sensitivity to Muslims and provide better information about Islam.

'Never has interfaith understanding and cooperation been more important than it is today,' said Edgar. 'The peace of our neighborhoods, and the true security of nations around the world, may well turn on our capacity to build communities of respect and to bear witness together for justice and peace.'

Deploring attacks on Muslim individuals and institutions across America, Edgar said, 'We will move forward with the Muslim community both to heal the wounds of the recent events and to work together for peace.'