On September 23, the US House of Representatives passed House Concurrent Resolution 374, encouraging dialogue among the Abrahamic traditions. It was sponsored by Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Zach Wamp (R-TN), who were joined by 26 of their colleagues.
It reads, in part:
Whereas interfaith dialogue among Christians, Jews, and Muslims is a powerful way to bridge the chasms of mistrust and misunderstanding that can divide adherents to the 3 Abrahamic faiths;
Whereas a number of important initiatives to enhance interfaith dialogue have been launched in recent years;
- Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that–
- (1) the United States supports the spirit of peace and desire for unity displayed in initiatives of interfaith dialogue among leaders of the 3 Abrahamic faiths;
- (2) the United States further supports additional meetings of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious leaders aimed at greater dialogue between the religions;
- (3) the United States encourages the many people of faith around the world who reject terrorism, radicalism, and extremism to join these and similar efforts in order to build a common bond based on peace, reconciliation, and a commitment to tolerance; and
- (4) the United States appreciates those voices around the world who condemn terrorism, intolerance, genocide, and ethnic and religious hatred, and instead commit themselves to a global peace anchored in respect and understanding among adherents of the 3 Abrahamic faiths.
The bill now goes to the Senate, for their approval.
- House Concurrent Resolution 374 (Library of Congress)