Police Chief Urges Dialogue with Muslims

November 7, 2007

Author: Kim Vo

Source: CAIR Press Release

http://www.cair.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?mid1=676&&ArticleID=23676&&name=n&&currPage=1

San Jose Police Chief Rob Davis had read books on Islam and met with its leaders. But it was sitting in people's living rooms, breaking bread, when his education really began, he told a group of interfaith leaders Tuesday to celebrate the opening of a new Islamic center.

Davis spoke at Tuesday's celebration of the Graduate Theological Union's new Center for Islamic Studies. The Berkeley center hopes to increase understanding between Islam and other faiths through academic study and religious practice.

Davis, who earned a standing ovation for his talk, was honored for his decision to fast during Ramadan in 2004 so he could better empathize with the local Muslim community.

Leaders must leave their comfort zones if they hope to invoke change, Davis said.