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Standing with American Muslims; Upholding American Values

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Inspired by our respective faith traditions, we stand Shoulder to Shoulder with our American Muslim Neighbors.

Each of our religious traditions teaches that human beings have the opportunity and the obligation to build communities in which peace and mutual respect are core expressions of an ethical life. Our religions also teach us that we must stand up for the rights and freedoms of all members of the communities in which we live, including people of faith backgrounds distinct from our own. This vision of just treatment for all human beings is born of our religious faith and commitment to fundamental American values and is manifested through our support of the principle that religious freedom must be guaranteed to people of all faiths and of no faith.

In sharp contrast to this vision, recent years have too often witnessed a rise in hateful activity that seeks to degrade other religions and deny the religious freedom of many, particularly American Muslims. There has been an increase in hate speech, crimes and bullying directed against Muslims; growing opposition to the building or expansion of mosques; a series of state legislative initiatives across America aimed at discriminating against religious practice by Muslims and others; and policies and trainings for government and law enforcement officials that have been rooted in misinformation.

We are people of different faiths across the United States who are committed to ending anti-Muslim sentiment in our country. Together, we commit to standing shoulder to shoulder with American Muslims. We invite all people of conscience to join us to:

  • REFLECT on what will heal divisions in our communities;
  • PARTNER across faith lines to know one another better and address issues of common concern, such as affirming and promoting religious freedom;
  • TELL the positive stories of these multi-faith partnerships publicly in order to report this reality to the media and shape public dialogue; and,
  • DENOUNCE hatred, bigotry, violence and the use of misinformation against American Muslims wherever we see it in word or in action.

Only by taking a stand together can we fulfill the highest callings of our respective faiths and help build an America that is safer and stronger because of our religious and ethnic diversity.

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We are a progressive Baptist Church affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA. We have been in Palo Alto since 1893. We celebrate our Baptist heritage. We affirm the historic Baptist tenets of: Bible Freedom, Soul Freedom, Church Freedom, Religious Freedom

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