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Reform Movement Condemns Dove World Outreach Center's "Burn a Koran Day"

Rabbi Yoffie: "We reject attempts at dividing our nation along religious lines, and, together with the overwhelming majority of America's religious leaders, commit ourselves to standing up to those who wish to ostracize and intimidate our Muslim neighbors."

Contact: Eric Harris
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 2, 2010 -- In response to the creation of the Dove World Outreach Center's "Burn a Koran Day," Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President of the Union for Reform Judaism issued the following statement:

We can scarcely find words to express our revulsion at the Dove World Outreach Center's "Burn a Koran Day," scheduled for September 11. Only those whose minds have been tainted by evil and acrimony would undertake to organize a sacrilegious event such as this and to do so in the name of God and religious piety.

We reject attempts at dividing our nation along religious lines, and, together with the overwhelming majority of America's religious leaders, commit ourselves to standing up to those who wish to ostracize and intimidate our Muslim neighbors. Our fight is not with America's Muslims, but with all those whose extremist views lead them to hateful and dangerous actions. We will not compromise our principles of tolerance and understanding, and we will not defer to those who preach hatred while cloaking themselves in religious garb.

We know that on this September 11, Reform congregations will do what they have always done - reach out and build new bridges of interreligious understanding and cooperation. That is the best response to the voices that would use the day to slander an entire community.

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