Jan 11, 2016 7:09 PM by News Staff
The executive board of the Chico Interfaith Council issued a statement Monday expressing support and "extending a hand of friendship" to the Muslim population of Chico.
In the letter, Council President Jim Henson said people of all faiths need to support one another at all times.
"We, the members of the Chico Area Interfaith Council, whether Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Pagan, faith or no faith, are all members of the human family," he wrote. "We offer our friendship and support to our Muslim neighbors in these difficult times."
The letter is posted below in its entirety. It can also be viewed here.
The Chico Area Interfaith Council calls upon our community to join us in extending a hand of friendship to the Muslim people living in the Chico area, acknowledging them as fellow citizens of our community, who share the same needs and desires to live in peace as everyone else. Although these are difficult times, we should not let this make us fearful of our neighbors.
The Chico Area Interfaith Council exists, in part, “to provide for the cooperation of faith groups in education and social action” and “to provide for a forum for understanding and building relationships, to promote interfaith worship, dialog and cooperation.” As such, we would be remiss were we to fail to respond to growing anti-Islamic sentiments in our community.
We, the members of the Chico Area Interfaith Council, whether Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Pagan, faith or no faith, are all members of the human family. We offer our friendship and support to our Muslim neighbors in these difficult times.
Many of us know someone who has been affected by terrorist attacks, by the wars in the Middle East, or the tragedies that continue to affect millions of people in that region. We oppose those who would exploit this painful and stressful suffering by their attempts to divide our communities and our country with hateful acts based in fear. We find the growing rhetoric against Muslim Americans all too reminiscent of attacks against other religious minorities in our nation’s past. The members of the Chico Area Interfaith Council recognize the need for all of us to work together in love, peace and harmony, and we urge others in our community to do the same
President of the CAIC
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