IFLC Press Release
The Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit (IFLC) has launched a petition drive in response to a potential threat to religious harmony rumored for our region later this month.
An extremist group has announced plans to demonstrate in Dearborn on April 22.
â€œWe are asking people to sign on to â€˜A Simple Affirmation for our Communityâ€™ as a way to indicate their rejection of fear-mongering and intolerance,â€ according to Rev. Daniel Buttry, a minister with the American Baptist Churches and a board member of the Interfaith Leadership Council.
The text of the petition reads:
We, as caring neighbors in southeastern Michigan, stand together in condemning the actions of those who spew hate and fear, and who misuse and desecrate holy books of faith. Instead we call on people to carry out the best traditions of all religious faiths, embodied in the idea of doing to others as we would have them do to us.
In the spirit of cooperation and harmony, the essential basis of this great country, we affirm our support for religious freedom and civil discourse. We stand together strong in our vision of the beloved community where all are respected and treasured.
The petition is being circulated among religious congregations throughout the metropolitan area and also is available at change.org.
â€œOur goal is two-fold,â€ Buttry said. â€œWe want to give folks the chance to express their own support for the idea of harmony and peace among all people in our region, and we also want to demonstrate to the rest of the world that there are thousands of people in our region who reject hate and support conciliation.â€
The Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit is a civic organization comprised of religious and lay leaders of many faiths â€œwho work together to build a community of good will.â€
The InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit is made up of independent, visionary clerical and lay leaders of many faiths whose shared values and desire to build a just community where we live in harmony with one another compels us to be dedicated to the support of interfaith community organizing.
We fully respect our religious differences while building a unified, but not uniform community, where we work together on our shared interests and values.
In short, we bring people of faith together so that we can live together. We have much to do, and are looking forward to working with you to build the beloved community.
Robert A. Bruttell, Board Chair, InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit.