Recent Vandalism Against Islamic Center an Affront to Freedom of Worship, Civility

Brentwood has been an active supporter of The Council of Churches of the Ozarks for many, many years. Today we pass on this press release from the Council written in response to the recent vandalism that took place against the Islamic Center in Springfield. In addition, we should note that the Springfield Interfaith Alliance, also an organization that Brentwood is actively involved in, is working closely with the Islamic Center in order to plan ways that we can respond in solidarity and love.

Recent Vandalism Against Islamic Center an Affront to Freedom of Worship, Civility

(January 14,2011 – Springfield, MO) As our nation remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and as we prepare to celebrate a National Holiday in his memory on Monday, January 17, 2011, we recall these words of Dr. King: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

In the spirit of Dr. King, and in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Council of Churches of the Ozarks lifts a voice to condemn the recent vandalism committed against Springfield’s Islamic Center. As a Christian organization committed to improving the quality of life in the Ozarks in the name of Jesus Christ, we hold that such acts of vandalism are an affront to our shared quality of life together. We invite people of faith to join with us and our friends at the Islamic Center to stand together, to lovingly yet persistently oppose those who would undermine our freedom of worship through acts of intimidation and violence, and to commit ourselves to greater civility and love for our neighbors.

In this spirit, representatives of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks and others who represent member churches of the Council of Churches will be participating in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March on Monday, January 17, 2011, departing at 9:30 am from the Mediacom Icepark, 635 E. Trafficway, in Springfield, MO.

For more information about the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, contact Rev. Mark Struckhoff, Executive Director, at 417-862-3586, or visit www.ccozarks.org.

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