15 faith groups in Chicago release statement denouncing FBI raids of peace activist homes
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Fifteen faith-based and peace organizations joined by over 80 Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith leaders released a statement October 5 denouncing the FBI searches and seizures carried out Friday, September 24 in Chicago. Several of the groups have first-hand experiences in conflict areas including the Middle East, Colombia, Afghanistan and Iraq.
The statement begins: “We are people of faith and conscience who condemn the recent FBI raids in Chicago as a violation of the constitutional rights of the people and organizations raided. They are a dangerous step to further criminalize dissent.”
Signers include such leaders as Rev. Larry Greenfield, Executive Minister, American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago; Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, Chair Parliament of World Religions, Rabbi Brant Rosen, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation and Rev. Gretchen Winkler, Convener, Working Group on the Middle East, Metropolitan Chicago Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Michael McConnell, Regional Director of the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago.
The signers state, "We believe that peacemaking is a sacred commandment. We feel compelled to work to end military solutions that kill and maim innocent people, destroy civil society institutions, create massive poverty and dislocation of people from their homelands, militarize our own nation and continue to create more animosity against the United States, thus undermining our security."