Christian, Jewish Clergy and Civil Rights Advocates to Support RI Muslim Community

Dec 14, 2015

A group of Rhode Island religious and civil rights groups have scheduled a news conference Tuesday morning to express their support for the Muslim Community in the Ocean State.

Representatives of the state’s Christian Protestant and Jewish communities and civil rights groups will speak. Among the speakers:  Rev. Don Anderson of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches; Rabbi Sarah Mack of the Rhode Island Board of Rabbis; Bishop Nicholas Knisely of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island; Bishop James Hazelwood of the New England Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Rev. Thomas Wiles of the American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island; Jim Vincent of the NAACP; and Toby Ayers of Rhode Island for Community and Justice.

The event will be held at the Islamic Center of Rhode Island at 8 a.m. The center is located at 39 Haskins Street.

Anderson said the decision to speak out was prompted by calls from the local Muslim community in the aftermath of anti-Muslim comments by Republican presidential aspirant Donald Trump.