Christian, Muslim and Jewish community leaders will unite Sunday to promote religious and ethnic tolerance at the Islamic Center of Irving — the site of recent anti-Islam rallies.
Organizers of the Sunday event, “One Irving for Us All; Though Different Faiths, Lets Relate,” hope to elevate the national discussion on Muslim tolerance while strengthening the Irving community. The event will include a panel discussion on how faith leaders have been affected by encounters with people of different faiths. Organizers are also asking Irving residents to stand together against efforts to demonize Muslims.
The event is not open to the public.
“We feel very deeply for the Muslims of Irving, Texas, and everywhere else,” said Walter Ruby, Muslim-Jewish program director for the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding in New York City.
Members of the anti-Islam Bureau of American Islamic Relations have picketed outside the Islamic Center after the terrorist attacks in Paris last month. Peace activists have countered by rallying in support of the mosque.