Stand for Religious Freedom and Against Intolerance


Remember September 11th and Be Counted.
A group of ordinary Americans have come together to affirm this country’s commitment to its founding ideals of religious freedom and respect for all faiths. We are troubled by acts of bigotry and intolerance aimed at Muslims in recent months, which do not represent the America we know. We hope that the thousands who share this commitment and our faith in America will sign this pledge.
We are proud to live in the United States, a country founded on the principles of tolerance and religious freedom as embodied in the U.S. Constitution.
We affirm America’s commitment to these principles.
We condemn bigotry and intolerance by any and all, especially those who murder others in the false name of their religion.
We condemn the act of burning the Koran, a sacred text for millions of Americans and others around the world, as we would condemn the burning of all sacred texts.
We pledge to remember Americans and others from around the world, including Muslims, Christians, Jews, and people of other faiths, who were murdered on September 11, 2001, American service men and women of all faiths who have lost their lives in the wars since then, and innocent civilians, of all faiths, who have died in those wars, and to honor their sacrifice by reaffirming our commitment to the principles of tolerance and religious freedom.
We encourage all to light a candle on the evenings of September 10 and 11 in memoriam and in reaffirmation of these principles.



If you agree with this statement, I hope you will sign the pledge at: . And please urge your friends, family, colleagues and others to consider this, too, so that we can clearly show that the voices of intolerance do not reflect the true America.

One thought on “Stand for Religious Freedom and Against Intolerance

  1. Asalamu Alaykom Deacon Tim,

    I appreciate your stance on the issues of religious freedom and solidarity between believers of all faiths. Thank you for your efforts to bring some calm to the storm.

    I'm writing to you from Egypt, where I assure you the world IS watching. Often, the news travels by word of mouth here and the idea of Christians burning a Quran did not go over well. Most people who ask me about it still don't know that the minister in the story did NOT burn the Quran (though others, in misguided attempts at fame, did).

    Please consider reading a new blog I have started with a friend of mine. We are from divergent places in the globe and in our personal lives yet we have begun a dialogue.

    I'd be interested in reading any comments you have stemming from our writings.

    As always, I look forward to reading your blog.


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