Muslims in the Pulpit

A new initiative to bring Muslims and Christians together in more than 50 churches in 26 states is bound to raise a few eyebrows, and it's debatable whether it will have the desired effect.

Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance and Human Rights First, "Faith Shared: Uniting in Prayer and Understanding" challenges U.S. churches to invite Jewish and Muslim clergy to their sanctuaries during the month of June to read from their respective sacred texts. The initiative is intended to demonstrate respect for Islam in the wake of recent Quran burnings, draw attention to religious freedom and counter negative stereotypes of Christian leaders making anti-Muslim statements.

"As a Christian minister who is a pastor in a local congregation, it is important to me for our nation and our world to know that not all Christians promote hate, attack religions different from their own and seek to desecrate the scripture of others," explained Interfaith Alliance president, Welton Gaddy.

"We want to send a message to the world that Americans do respect religious differences and reject religious bigotry and the demonization of Islam or any other religion," said Tad Stahnke, director of policy and programs for Human Rights First.

— Huffington Post

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