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My Word: Respectfully Agree to Disagree 2 June , 2011

As a Muslim imam, I greatly appreciated Leonard Pitts’ comments concerning the furor caused when Muslims applied to build a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (“Band of bigots lives in a place beyond reason,” Sentinel, Thursday). It’s a sad story.

Unfortunately, however, interfaith tensions and misunderstandings have existed for milennia. And, tragically, most faiths — if not all — have been the recipients and the dispensers of bigotry and violence. There’s plenty of guilt to go around. But there are alternatives.

For several years, I have served on the Executive Committee of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. There I have become friends with a diverse group whose spiritual allegiances range from Buddhist to Christian (both Catholic and Protestant), Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh.




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