Response to Murder of Khalid Jabara

The following statement was issued in response to murder of Khalid Jabara in Tulsa, OK by his neighbor.

We stand with many others in Tulsa (and around the world) to denounce not only the senseless killing of #KhalidJabara, but also the culture of fear and hate that bears significant responsibility for his murder.  As people speaking from multiple positions on faith and the role it plays in our lives, we call for an end to hateful rhetoric designed to minimize the humanity or spirit or worth of any other human being.  We are reminded of these words that are part of the Charter for Compassion:

We therefore call upon all men and women to restore compassion to the center of morality and religion – to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate.”

To the family of Mr Jabara we offer our deepest condolences, and our resolve to work for a world in which events like this do not happen.

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