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Religions Unite to Denounce FOX NEWS, Gingrich and Palin

Reported by Guest Blogger - August 16, 2010 -

By Aria

Well, well, well…It appears that religious affiliations all over the country are so fed-up with “xenophobia and religious bigotry” from Conservative Media (FOX NEWS and Premiere Radio, for those who don’t know) that 40 of their more prominent leaders have released a
statement universally condemning their rhetoric, as well as behavior from Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin. The statement not only condemns their talk as hateful, but also as an affront to religious freedom in the US. It has no rightful place in their faiths or this country, as far as they're concerned. Gee, I wonder how the “Fair and Balanced” people at FOX NEWS plan to cover this?

From the statement:

As Catholic, evangelical, mainline Protestant, Jewish and Muslim leaders and scholars committed to religious freedom and inter-religious cooperation, we are deeply troubled by the xenophobia and religious bigotry that has characterized some of the opposition to a proposed Islamic center and mosque near where the World Trade Center towers once stood.

Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House, is the most recent prominent opponent to cast this debate in a way that demonizes all Muslims and exploits fear to divide Americans. "It is a sign of their contempt for Americans and their confidence in our historic ignorance that they would deliberately insult us this way," Gingrich said in a statement. Sarah Palin called plans for the center a "provocation." Fox News has aired a steady stream of irresponsible commentary and biased coverage that reduces what should be a civil debate into starkly combative terms.

...Mr. Gingrich, Ms. Palin and other prominent voices privileged to have the ear of the media would make a more lasting contribution to our nation if they stopped issuing inflammatory statements and instead helped inspire a civil dialogue between Christians, Jews and Muslims committed to a future guided by the principles of compassion, justice and peace. Fear-mongering and hateful rhetoric only undermine treasured values at the heart of diverse faith traditions and our nation's highest ideals.

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