For Immediate Release:
Contact: Janine Walsh
FAN Communications Coordinator
National Catholic Advocacy Organizations Release Statement Standing with our Muslim Brothers & Sisters Against Hate
FAN Joins Statement Stating Concern About Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
Washington, D.C.-The Franciscan Action Network joins 13 national Catholic advocacy organizations condemning the bigotry, hate, and violence being brought against our Muslim brothers and sisters in the United States. Together these organizations released a joint statement and are currently planning further joint actions.
A portion of the statement reads, "Though fear of violent acts by criminal organizations worldwide is understandable, we must realize that Muslims are fearful, too. Many have had to flee their homes to keep their families safe from war and persecution, and here in the U.S. they are fearful of what those in places of privilege and power might say or do to them because of their religion."
You can read the full statement here.
Sr. Marie Lucey, FAN Director of Advocacy, which includes work on interfaith relations, stated, "The dignity and worth of every person is a core Catholic teaching, and relationship with all as brothers and sisters is a primary Franciscan value. The meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan al-Kamil during the violent 5th Crusade is a treasured Franciscan story which is particularly relevant today as we stand with Muslim sisters and brothers who also hold dear values of human dignity, peace, and compassionate love."
Sr. Patricia Chappell, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA said, "As human beings, connected to one another in both profound and simple ways, there is never room for hate, bigotry or racism to exist among us. Only acceptance and celebration should be the hallmarks of the rich diversity that is among us. Our Islamic sisters and brothers are truly worthy of nothing less."
With the start of Ramadan next week, these organizations have chosen to speak out at a time when it is most necessary. People of faith and all Americans of good will must join the voices of these Catholic organizations and do the same.