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Long Island Council of Churches
Temple Beth El February 17, 2006


WE NEED VOICE OF REASON, UNDERSTANDING AND MUTUAL RESPECT

Dear Fellow Members of the Abrahimic Faith,

You must be well aware of the news about the caricature of the prophet of Islam, Muhammad (Peace be upon him), that has caused so much anguish and hurt to the Muslims. Played into the hands of extremists on both sidesthe journalists who re-printed the cartoons and the Muslims who resorted to violencethe publication of the caricature has also caused further divisions and suspicions among our diverse faith communities.

The caricatures that have insulted the deeply held belief of the Muslims by denigrating the Prophet as a terrorist in the name of freedom of speech are an affront to all decent people, irrespective of their faith. The reprinting of these caricatures, after Muslims all over the world protested, illustrates the nefarious nature of the initiative and the insensitivity of those involved. Such action seems to represent that the much-espoused freedom of speech knows no boundaries, has no decency, and is devoid of any morality.
For over a decade, we the Muslims, Christians and Jews of Long Island have engaged in inter-faith dialogue. We have also shown others, through our examples, the appropriate behaviors and etiquettes for peaceful and mutually respectful coexistence. Wethe congregation of Islamic Center of Long Islandwould like to commend and thank Mr. Edward Miller who is active in efforts to reconcile Jews and Muslims, for his article in the Jewish Press entitled The Respect of a Cousin on February 10, 2006. At this juncture, we request that you to raise your voice of reason, understanding, and mutual respect on this issue. We would like to hear your voices, loud and clear, to your congregations, the news media, and the general public regarding this disingenuous campaign of demonizing over a billion Muslims, their religion and their Prophet.

Sincerely,

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