Congress Encourages Abrahamic Dialogue

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.

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One Response to Congress Encourages Abrahamic Dialogue

  1. philip boo riley says:

    Thanks for the notice of this resolution–this is the first I’ve heard of it, so either I missed it in the san jose mercury news, or they did not pick up this story.
    A musing: to the extent interfaith movements fall under the umbrella of religious practice (and not all do, I realize), is it conceivable that this resolution errs on the “non-establishment” side of the 1st amendment clause related to religion?
    Also, I notice that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia earlier this year issued a similar call regarding dialogue among the Abrahamic religions. Very different political contexts, but very similar resolutions?

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