Interfaith Response to Ft. Hood Incident

November 14, 2009

Author: J. Samia Mair

Source: Boston Examiner

Below is an interfaith response to the Ft. Hood incident:

With other Americans across the country we have heard with heavy hearts the news reports of the tragic shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas this past Thursday. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families and we encourage all current investigations that will help to understand the motives and context for such a horrific act.

Meanwhile, we are concerned with the comments and speculation being made that suggest this act of violence is somehow reflective of the religion of Islam and the entire Muslim Community. Together, as Christian and Muslim Americans, we denounce such speculation born of prejudice and lack of understanding of what is true Islam. Left unchallenged, we fear that this biased attitude could lead to further mistrust, division, and violence, and further undermine the possibilities for a unified approach to the most critical problems we face as members of a common humanity.