2016 September 11 Remembrance at Beth El Temple Harrisburg

Power of People of Faith to Overcome Hatred, Bigotry, and Extremism

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Introductory speakers Rabbi Eric Cytryn, Senator Rob Teplitz, Rabbi Carl Choper, Beth El Director Ben Wachstein:

Feature speaker Imam Mohamad Basher Arafat:

Panel Discussion facilitated by Randall Tenor: “Building Bridges Among the Faith Communities”
Imam Mohamad Basher Arafat (Muslim), Rev. Geoffrey Dunaway (Buddhist), Rev. Barry Chambers (Baptist), Dr. Muigul Parish (Hindu), Jennifer Ross (Jewish):

Rabbi Moline responds to Dr. Ben Carson’s statement about Islam and the Constitution

Rabbi Moline responds to Dr. Ben Carson’s statement about Islam and the Constitution
September 21, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ari Geller, West End Strategy Team, 202-776-7700, Ari@westendstrategy.com

WASHINGTON — Following an interview in which Dr. Ben Carson, candidate for the Republican nomination for President, said that he believed Islam is inconsisent with the Constitution and that he could not support a Muslim candidate for president, Rabbi Jack Moline, exeutive director of Interfaith Alliance, released this statement:

“Dr. Ben Carson’s belief that a Muslim should not be President of the United States is another example of a candidate who claims to cherish the First Amendment trying to rewrite the Constitution and what it means for people of all faiths in America. His willingness to denigrate and disenfranchise millions of American citizens not only jeopardizes full equality under the law, but delivers a message that his brand of religious freedom is not meant to truly protect the rights of all. Our country’s motto “Pluribus Unum” means we have to become one nation “out of the many”, not out of the few who worship and believe like we do.”

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Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.

Jay Keller
Dir. Outreach & Operations
Interfaith Alliance Foundation
1250 24th St NW STE 300
Washington, DC 20037-1186

When you mix politics and religion, you get politics, every time!

No Compulsion in Religion: The Challenge of Faith and Freedom

We live in a multi-faith society. Yet, historically, our faith traditions have not taught us how to let others be themselves. Accordingly, compulsion has become a default stance.
It’s important to remember that there are teachings in our traditions which remind us that there is no compulsion in religion. Or is there? Is there such a teaching in our traditions? And, if so, what is its application to society?
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