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Interfaith leaders gather to urge care, tolerance for refugees

ROCHESTER - On November 23, faith leaders from the American Baptist Church, the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, Temple Sinai, the Hickey Center of Nazareth College, the Hindu Temple of Rochester, the Sikh Gurudwara of Rochester, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, the Islamic Center of Rochester, the Presbytery of the Genesee Valley and the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester gathered before the press to condemn both recent acts of terrorism and the increase of intolerance directed at Muslim refugees from Syria and other war-torn regions. Bishop Singh started the press conference marking the approach of Thanksigiving as a time for families, including the human family of many faiths, to come together and overcome challenges. The conference was covered by six of Rochester's media outlets, with exposure on television, the radio, the internet and in print. The media took note of the leaders' calls to view refugees as people seeking help, as well as Dr. Muhammad Shafiq's call to stop associating Islam, a religion with 1.5 billion followers, with terrorism.

Press coverage:

http://wxxinews.org/post/rochester-faith-leaders-condemn-terrorism-and-i...
http://13wham.com//news/features/local-news/stories/faith-leaders-questi...
http://www.whec.com/news/stories/S3972303.shtml?cat=565
http://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/local-news/local-faith-leader-speak-o...
http://www.twcnews.com/nys/rochester/news/2015/11/23/rochester-interfait...
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2015/11/23/rochester-fait...