Engage with Islam, Bishops say

In testimony before the House International Committee, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations, Bishop Thomas G. Wenski of Orlando, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Policy, contended that the US should seek understanding with Islamic leaders. “Constructive and respectful dialogue with Islam is imperative in today’s world,” he said, “Rather than deploring a clash of cultures, we need to foster cultures of dialogue and respect as keys to justice and peace.”

Bishop Wenski outlined five recommendations for US policy:

  1. Make religious liberty central in US foreign policy
  2. Engage religious communities more directly and intensively
  3. Greater support and engagement in genuine religious dialogue
  4. Promote reciprocity in laws regarding religious freedom
  5. Address social, political and economic factors that enable opponents of religious freedom to incite others to violence

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About D Andrew Kille

Editor of the Bible Workbench
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