Faith and Security Leaders Call for Unity and Partnership in Combating Terrorism
April 18, 2013
Today, several faith and security leaders signed a joint statement calling for unity of all faiths and partnership with law enforcement in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon tragedy. As President Obama is participating in an interfaith memorial service in Boston at this time, the group is preparing for dealing with challenges to our national defense from a faith-base community perspective.
The statement and signatories follow:
Throughout the history of our country and our respective faiths, we have been challenged with trials that can tear both apart. Yet our mandate to unite in the midst of turmoil, and our need to stare down the eye of peril, is an imperative for survival and growth, for our collective defense and our social prosperity. And this is what brings us together today as we try to make sense of the senseless and heinous terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon. It is our faith and our country that brings us together. And we make a collective prayer to heal our wounds, to strengthen our moral fiber, and to unite under our Creator, for our nation.
The Boston Marathon represents our open society, and we want to preserve that openness. It represents our great American diversity, for it brought together people from all walks of life and from all over the world, and we want to enrich that diversity. It represents excellence of all competitors, and we want to fortify that healthy competition.
Terrorism is a remnant of evil in our world. It oppresses with darkness, whereas our faiths tell us to shine light. Our faiths tell us to work after we gain spiritual direction to do what is defined by justice and compassion.
Today, we declare to redouble our efforts to end the scourge of terrorism, to defeat this plague. We know that we can only succeed as a united front. We can only succeed as we stand firmly behind our President and in partnership with law enforcement. We dedicate our lives to the security of our nation, our world, and humanity. It is a matter of our Sacred Honor.
President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and Member of the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council's Faith Based Security and Communications Subcommittee
Sheriff of Los Angeles County
Founder of Hindu American Seva Communities
Founder of Lone Star Intelligence
Police Chief of Dearborn
North America Director of Church Security for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Imam Mohamed Magid,
President of the Islamic Society of North America
Director of Police, Security and Outside Services at Massachusetts General Hospital
Rev. Lance McCune,
Founder of United Clergy and Police Training Program
Associate Executive Director of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.,
Executive Director and Legal Counsel of the Hindu American Foundation
Organizational affiliation is for identification purposes only.
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