Interfaith Group Promotes Tolerance in Forums

January 16, 2007

Author: Helen Eriksen

Source: Houston Chronicle

A Katy man's decision to stage weekly pig races to protest a mosque's construction has prompted an alliance of local clergy to conduct a series of forums aimed at what they characterize as preventing bigotry and promoting religious acceptance.

Local Christian and Jewish leaders say they chose Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to launch the discussions. Leaders from Christian, Jewish and Islamic denominations delivered speeches Monday night to about 200 people at Katy's Living Word Lutheran Church, touting the significance of being able to live, worship and be respected in a community of choice.

Rodwan Saleh, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, condemned the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, describing the events as acts of hatred that have pitted Americans against Islam.

"It's difficult to like anyone who bombs our homes or the city of New York," Saleh said.