For my colleague and neighbor, Imam Abdul Rahman Ahmed

From the Sharon Interfaith Clergy Association

 

June 27, 2018

 

Imam Abdul Rahman Ahmed
Islamic Center of New England
74 Chase Road
Sharon, MA 02067

Dear Imam Ahmed,

We, your colleagues on the Sharon Interfaith Clergy Association, are writing this public letter to you and your community to express our friendship and deep distress in the wake of the US Supreme Court Decision, Trump v. Hawaii, of June 26, 2018. We share our grave fear that this decision, and the policy it affirms, does nothing to increase the safety of our nation while it delays, sometimes permanently, the reunification of Muslim families who are escaping persecution and violence in their home countries.

We affirm that you, our Muslim neighbors, are valued citizens and an indivisible part of the fabric of Sharon. You can count on us to stand with you in our common fight for dignity and for a country that recognizes that its strength is in its diversity.

With great respect and solidarity,

Rev. Lois K. Adams, First Baptist Church Sharon

Rev. Francis Balla, Hope Church Sharon

The Rev’d Jennifer D. Beal, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Sharon

Rev. Wendy L. Bell, Interim Minister, Unitarian Church of Sharon

Rabbi Noah Cheses, Young Israel of Sharon

Rev. Francis J. Daly, Pastor, Our Lady of Sorrows

Rabbi Ron Fish, Temple Israel of Sharon

Rabbi David Jaffe, Kirva Institute and Sharon Interfaith Action

Rabbi Randy Kafka, Temple Kol Tikvah & Sharon Interfaith Action

Rev. Bill Kondrath

Rabbi Joseph Meszler, Temple Sinai of Sharon

Rabbi Rachel Silverman, Temple Israel of Sharon

Rev. Carol Steinbrecher, First Congregational Church of Sharon

*A few words of my own:  One of the most basic Christian teachings is this, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”  Throughout the Bible, God’s most repeated instruction is variations on protecting widows, orphans, and sojourners – another word for refugees and migrants.

In Deuteronomy it says, “You shall not pervert the justice due to the sojourner or to the fatherless, or take a widow’s garment in pledge…you shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brothers or one of the refugees who are in your land within your towns.”

First John puts it most succinctly, “If anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?  Little children, let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and in truth.”

*These are excerpts from my Sunday sermon.  To read more, see my post titled, “Law and Order.”