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					DEAR MEMBERS of CONGRESS,
As Americans and members of the human                          and incivility have become commonplace in our public
family, we are grieved by the recent tragedy in                debates.
Tucson, Arizona. As Christian, Muslim and                      We appreciate the sacri ces you make and risks you
Jewish leaders, we pray together for all those                 incur by accepting a call to public service, and we urge
wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle                     you to continue to serve as stewards of our democracy
                                                               by engaging ideological adversaries not as enemies, but
Giffords as she ghts for her life. Our hearts
                                                               as fellow Americans.
break for those lives lost and for the loved ones
left behind. We also stand with you, our elected               In our communities and congregations, we pledge to
                                                               foster an environment conducive to the important and
of cials, as you continue to serve our nation                  dif cult debates so crucial to American democracy. In
while coping with the trauma of this senseless                 our churches, mosques and synagogues, we come
attack.                                                        together not as members of a certain political ideology
This tragedy has spurred a sorely needed time of soul          or party, but as children of God and citizens called to
searching and national public dialogue about violent           build a more perfect union. We pray that you do the
and vitriolic political rhetoric. We strongly support this     same.
re ection, as we are deeply troubled that rancor, threats      SIGNED,

Naeem M. Baig                  Rev. Wesley                     Rabbi John A. Linder           Rev. Gabriel Salguero
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ISLAMIC
CIRCLE OF NORTH AMERICA
                               Granberg-Michaelson             TEMPLE SOLEL, PARADISE
                                                               VALLEY, AZ
                                                                                              PRESIDENT, NATIONAL LATINO
                                                                                              EVANGELICAL COALITION
                               GENERAL SECRETARY,
COUNCIL FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE     REFORMED CHURCH IN
                               AMERICA                         Marie Lucey, OSF               Rabbi David Saperstein
Dr. Carroll A. Baltimore,                                      ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR         DIRECTOR, RELIGIOUS ACTION
Sr.                       Simon Greer                          SOCIAL MISSION, LEADERSHIP
                                                               CONFERENCE OF WOMEN
                                                                                              CENTER
PRESIDENT, PROGRESSIVE    PRESIDENT AND CEO, JEWISH
NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION    FUNDS FOR JUSTICE
                                                               RELIGIOUS                      Dr. William J. Shaw
                               Dr. David P. Gushee             Rev. Steven D. Martin          IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT,
                                                                                              NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION
   e Rev. Geo rey Black        BOARD CHAIR, NEW
                                                               EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NEW
                                                               EVANGELICAL PARTNERSHIP
                                                                                              USA
GENERAL MINISTER AND
PRESIDENT, UNITED CHURCH OF
                               EVANGELICAL PARTNERSHIP FOR
                               THE COMMON GOOD
                                                               FOR THE COMMON GOOD            Dr. T. DeWitt Smith, Jr.
CHRIST
                               Rabbi Steve Gutow               Brian McClaren                 IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT,
                                                                                              PROGRESSIVE NATIONAL BAPTIST
                                                               AUTHOR/ACTIVIST
Bishop John R. Bryant          PRESIDENT AND CEO, JEWISH
                                                                                              CONVENTION, INC.
SENIOR BISHOP, AFRICAN         COUNCIL FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS      T. Michael McNulty, SJ         Rt. Rev. Kirk S. Smith
METHODIST EPISCOPAL (AME)                                      JUSTICE AND PEACE DIRECTOR,
CHURCH                         Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins        CONFERENCE OF MAJOR
                                                                                              BISHOP, EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF
                                                                                              ARIZONA
                               SENIOR PASTOR, NINETEENTH       SUPERIORS OF MEN
Dr. Zahid H. Bukhari           STREET BAPTIST CHURCH,
                               WASHINGTON, DC                  Rev. Peter Morales             Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed
PRESIDENT, ISLAMIC CIRCLE OF                                                                  NATIONAL DIRECTOR, OFFICE FOR
                                                               PRESIDENT, UNITARIAN
NORTH AMERICA
                                 e Rev. Dr. Katharine          UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION
                                                                                              INTERFAITH & COMMUNITY
                                                                                              ALLIANCES, ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF
Rev. Jennifer Butler           Rhodes Henderson                Bishop Paul Morton             NORTH AMERICA
                               PRESIDENT, AUBURN SEMINARY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FAITH IN                                   INTERNATIONAL PRESIDING        Rev. Dr. Stephen J.
PUBLIC LIFE                      e Rev. Anne S.                BISHOP, FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST
                                                               CHURCH FELLOWSHIP                urston
Simone Campbell, SSS           Howard                                                         PRESIDENT, NATIONAL BAPTIST
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NETWORK,
                               EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE         Muslim Public A airs           CONVENTION OF AMERICA, INC.,
A NATIONAL CATHOLIC SOCIAL
                               BEATITUDES SOCIETY
                                                               Council                        INTL.
JUSTICE LOBBY                  James E. Hug, SJ                                               Rev. Jim Wallis
                               PRESIDENT, CENTER OF            Stanley J. No singer           PRESIDENT AND CEO,
Bishop Minerva Carcaño         CONCERN                         GENERAL SECRETARY, CHURCH      SOJOURNERS
DESERT SOUTHWEST                                               OF THE BRETHREN
CONFERENCE, UNITED             Dr. Joel C. Hunter              Dr. Walter L. Parrish, III     Jim Winkler
METHODIST CHURCH               SENIOR PASTOR, NORTHLAND - A                                   GENERAL SECRETARY, UNITED
                               CHURCH DISTRIBUTED              GENERAL SECRETARY,             METHODIST GENERAL BOARD OF
  e Rev. Canon Peg             Bishop T. D. Jakes
                                                               PROGRESSIVE NATIONAL BAPTIST
                                                               CONVENTION
                                                                                              CHURCH & SOCIETY
Chemberlin                                                                                    Rev. Dr. Sharon E.
PRESIDENT, NATIONAL COUNCIL
                               THE POTTER'S HOUSE
                                                               Rev. Gradye Parsons            Watkins
OF CHURCHES                    Rev. Dr. Michael                STATED CLERK, PRESBYTERIAN
                                                               CHURCH (USA)                   GENERAL MINISTER AND
Rev. Richard Cizik             Kinnamon                                                       PRESIDENT, CHRISTIAN
PRESIDENT, NEW EVANGELICAL
                               GENERAL SECRETARY, NATIONAL     Nancy Ratzan                   CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)
                               COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
PARTNERSHIP FOR THE COMMON                                     PRESIDENT, NATIONAL COUNCIL
                                                               OF JEWISH WOMEN                Rev. Heyward Wiggins,
GOOD
                               Chris Korzen                                                   III
Nathan J. Diament              EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CATHOLICS   Rev. Meg Riley                 PICO NATIONAL NETWORK,
                               UNITED                          BOARD CHAIR, FAITH IN PUBLIC   CAMDEN BIBLE TABERNACLE
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC POLICY,                                     LIFE                           CHURCH, CAMDEN, NJ
UNION OF ORTHODOX JEWISH       Leadership Team of the
CONGREGATIONS OF AMERICA
                               Sisters of Mercy of the         Dave Robinson
Faithful America               Americas                        EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PAX
                                                               CHRISTI USA
                               EILEEN CAMPBELL, RSM

Rev. Jan Olav Flaaten
                               ANNE CURTIS, RSM
                               PAT MCDERMOTT, RSM
                                                               Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
                                                               PRESIDENT, NATIONAL HISPANIC
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ARIZONA    MARY WASKOWIAK, RSM             CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP
ECUMENICAL COUNCIL             LINDA WERTHMAN, RSM             CONFERENCE

				
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