Coalition urges Americans to embrace unity found in post-9/11 period
Written by Staff Reports
September 8, 2011
The Shoulder-to-Shoulder campaign
— an interfaith coalition dedicated to ending religious prejudice, particularly
anti-Muslim bigotry — has issued a statement at their press conference held
prior to 9/11 commemoration ceremonies.
Calling on Americans “to recommit to
the inspiring spirit of unity and cooperation that we…embraced in the weeks
after the tragedy,” the statement took aim at fear-based policies that
discriminate against Muslims.
The coalition expands its
work internationally by making a clear statement to both the Muslim world and
the international community as a whole that religious communities in the United
States are committed to ending anti-Muslim bigotry; and broadens and deepens
the work of religious communities to end anti-Muslim bigotry in congregations
and in state and community organizations, placing particular emphasis on
producing strategies and support for religious leaders in all 50 states.
The United Church of Christ
and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are members of the coalition.
coalition, Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Standing with American Muslims, UpholdingAmerican Values, is made up of 26 national faith groups, denominations, and
interfaith organizations that have pledged to work together to end anti-Muslim
discrimination in America and to promote mutual understanding and acceptance
among Americans of all faith backgrounds. Since first convening one year
ago, we have articulated a faith-based voice of conscience against the shameful
rise of Islamophobia in this country.
our nation commemorates the tenth anniversary of the September 11th, 2001
terrorist attacks, we stand together as religious leaders from diverse
traditions to urge our fellow Americans to recommit to the inspiring spirit of
unity and cooperation that we, as a people, embraced in the weeks after the
decade after our nation was attacked, we honor those who lost their lives on
September 11th, not only with uplifting words and enduring memories, but with a
renewed commitment to the common good and the bedrock values that have made
America a land of opportunity for people of diverse ethnicities and faiths. In
the days after September 11, Americans transcended barriers of race, religion
and political ideology in a powerful display of national unity amidst shared
grief. We mourned together, raised flags together, and pledged to build
together a future in which justice and peace prevailed over hatred and revenge.
Yet over time, we lost our way and strayed from that principled path.
time has come to reclaim the sense of community and shared purpose that guided
us through those trying days a decade ago. Fear-based politics and
discrimination against Muslim Americans and those perceived to be Muslim
disgrace the memories of those who perished on September 11, and desecrate the
core values that make our nation great. The presence in America of people of
all faiths and belief systems enriches our diverse country. The ideals that
unite us are more powerful than the differences that divide us.
our time together here today, we are honoring hundreds of local organizations
and congregations across America that are working for unity and healing, and,
especially, for an end to anti-Muslim bigotry. Today we recognize four
inspiring local efforts that are representative of religious organizations
across the country endeavoring to end the prejudice that threatens core
national leaders of faith groups, denominations, and interfaith organizations,
we pledge to model this spirit of unity, as we remember the lives lost on
September 11, 2001 and move forward as a nation. We call on all houses of
worship and individuals to join with us as we stand up for hope, unity, and