Many of the nation’s most prominent faith leaders have come together for a campaign called “Stop the War on Prayer” to protect the Park51 mosque, which includes the video above and a new website.
From their open letter:
We believe it is time to shine light on the hypocrisy of politicians and pundits who expound on the freedom of religion for their chosen sects while seeking to tell our Muslim brothers and sisters where they can and cannot worship. Using a political podium to bully a religious community threatens one of our most fundamental freedoms.
The coalition includes Rev. Jim Forbes, Director of the Healing of the Nations Foundation and former pastor of Riverside Church in Manhattan, Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin, President of the National Council of Churches, Rabbi Burt Visotzky of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rev. JC Austin of the Center for Christian leadership and CEO of Sojourners Rev. Jim Wallis.
Their sentiments are echoed today by Ron Paul, who writes:
In my opinion it has come from the neo-conservatives who demand continual war in the Middle East and Central Asia and are compelled to constantly justify it.
They never miss a chance to use hatred toward Muslims to rally support for the ill-conceived preventative wars. A select quote from soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq expressing concern over the mosque is pure propaganda and an affront to their bravery and sacrifice.
This is all about hate and Islamaphobia.
The campaign website for Stop the War on Prayer can be found here.