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Islamophobia 'is not Christian.'
Christians should actively resist, steadfast in their faith, anti-Muslim bigotry that has reared its ugly ahead in the 2016 presidential campaign, faith leaders argued Wednesday night in a forum at St. Mark's Cathedral.
Decrying what he called "the appeal to our lesser selves," Episcopal Bishop Greg Rickel stated: "To denounce a whole people, a whole faith, is not Christian."
The bishop and appeared in a forum with Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of the Seattle Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
"Ad hominum attacks and xenophobia" have entered America's political debate, the Rev. Steve Thomason, dean of St. Mark's, said in introducing the forum. "Relationships matter," he added.
Bukhari appealed for more and closer relationships. He invited those curious about Islam, even those a bit wary, to visit a Seattle area mosque. "Drop in, say hello, meet people," he said. "They're not for believers only."
The "average American Muslim," Bukhari added, "seeks to realize the American dream."
Rickel put another face on faith at St. Mark's. He quoted Paul to the Galatians:
"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
St. Paul was not suggesting that "all barriers could be erased," said the bishop, but that each of us is blessed by God. "There are other children of Abraham even if their concept of God is different than our own," Rickel added.
And, argued Bukhari, they are loyal Americans.
BY JOEL CONNELLY, SEATTLEPI.COM
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