I thank you for joining us this morning. We at the Interfaith Alliance are devoted to protecting faith and freedom, and I cannot think of an issue more within our mission than the one we address today.
In the Jewish tradition, we hold a particular disdain for people who are, as we say, “sinners with the permission of the Torah.” That is, we deplore individuals who selectively apply the permissions and restrictions to claim that they are within the sacred instructions in pursuit of disreputable and destructive ends.
If you would like to see an example of such people in an American context, you need only look to the production and distribution of “Obsession.” Claiming a concern for the
Terrorism is a real threat to this country and, in fact, to every country. Our next President, whoever he may be, will need to deal with terrorism as a strategy on many fronts and from many sources. The misdirection of “Obsession” not only sullies and alienates the adherents of Islam, but distracts the attention of all concerned Americans from the genuine threats from terrorist renegades of many origins, including non-Muslim Americans.
We at the Interfaith Alliance call on both Sen. McCain and Sen. Obama to repudiate this film and reject the support of those associated with it. We call on them to promote a pluralistic view of religion and faith as a source of unity and healing. We call on both candidates to reject the use of religion as a political weapon. The good work in interfaith relations all over this country would be strengthened by encouragement from the next President of the
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