An interfaith dialogue addressing civil rights violations against Muslims
- From: Pat & Jeff Warner [mailto:PatnJeff@...]
Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2012 8:50 AM
To: Ed Pearl
Subject: Suggestion to post
Please post the below announcement for the Interfaith Discussion on
Islamophobia scheduled for tomorrow
Pat & Jeff Warner
La Habra Heights, CA 90631
TOMORROW, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 3 pm,
CULVER-PALMS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH on Sepulveda near Culver Blvd.
WHAT: ISLAMOPHOBIA; First in a Series
An interfaith dialogue addressing civil rights violations
in our communities & across the nation.
Speakers: Reverend James Lawson
Rabbi Haim Beliak (by video link)
Imam Muhammad Faqih
Moderator: Estee Chandler
WHEN: TOMORROW, SUNDAY, November 11, 3 PM
WHERE: Culver-Palms United Methodist Church, 4464 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver
Off 405 at Culver, south on Sepulveda. Parking behind Church.
ENTRY: $10; $5 students; no one turned away
Refreshment will be served.
info@... or <mailto:LosAngeles@...>
FLYER: attached and at
We are living in troubled times. Some our neighbors are being scapegoated
and demonized by a nation-wide, loosely organized campaign of Islamophobia.
This is just the most recent episode of in America of fear of "the other."
This event brings together a panel of distinguished community leaders to
examine cultural, theological, and political perspectives of Islamophobia.
The speakers will deconstruct the most persistent myths about Islam and
Muslims, and examine the role Islamophobia continues to play in justifying
war abroad and political repression at home.
In a way, this event will examine the very fabric of American society that
Islamophobia threatens to destroy. This event will start to expose the
demagoguery that promotes the irrational fear that is Islamophobia.
Issues that will be discussed include:
* What do we know about the political, spiritual and psychological
keys that are played to elicit Islamophobia?
* What is the damage to our constitutional freedoms and to the
inclusive society we have strived for?
* What kinds of social healing and cooperation are required in order
to move forward?
* Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak is the Executive Director of Beit Polska, the
Progressive Jewish Community's umbrella organization in Poland. He served as
chaplain and adjunct professor at The Claremont Colleges for 17 years. He is
a co-founder of <http://jewsonfirst.org/> JewsOnFirst.org, a leading source
on the "Christian Right" including their role in fanning Islamophobia in
* Imam Muhammad Faqih holds a degree in Islamic Studies from the
Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in Fairfax, VA. He served as an
Imam in Laurel, MD and in San Diego, CA. Currently, Imam Faqih is the
resident Imam of the Islamic Institute of Orange County in Anaheim.
* Reverend James Lawson is an architect of the American Civil Rights
Movement, whom Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called "the leading theorist and
strategist of nonviolence in the world." He has been a leader and educator
in peace & justice issues for over 50 years for innumerable organizations
including ICUJP, CLUE, the ACLU, the NAACP, and the World Council of
This talk is part of the Progressive Conversations on Israel/Palestine and
US Foreign Policy in the Middle East, a monthly series presented by LA Jews
for Peace, Friends of Sabeel-Los Angeles, and Jewish Voice for Peace-Los
Angeles, in association with Levantine Cultural Center. The Islamophobia
series is also sponsored by the Islamic Shura Council of Southern
California, the United Methodists' Holy Land Task Force, the Interfaith
Communities United for Justice & Peace, and the American Friends Service
Committee. KPFK, 90.7 FM, is the media sponsor.
LA Jews for Peace
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