With anti-Muslim groups planning protests at mosques across the country, including in Washington, a Jewish interfaith leader announced that he will attend Muslim worship services today.
Rabbi Jack Moline, executive director of Interfaith Alliance, will attend Jumah prayers at Masjid Muhammad in Washington to stand in solidarity with the Muslim community targeted by protesters.
“I am appalled by the threat of protests designed to intimidate and bully Muslims on their way to prayer,” Moline said in a statement. “To target one one faith community is to attack the conscience of all people of faith; to endanger the ability of Muslims to worship is to jeopardize the religious freedom of us all. As I anticipate the transition from the Jumah prayer this afternoon to Kabbalat Shabbat, I am powerfully reminded of the diversity and freedom promised all religious communities at the very founding of our nation. That is what these protestors are seeking to undo, and that is why we are called to stand strong with people of all faiths in the face of bigotry and hatred.”
I guess he felt it was not necessarily to stand with Jews, the victims of Muslim violence.