“A Night of Solidarity” in Tyler

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Stuart BaskinTYLER — Tylerites gathered Saturday night at the East Texas Islamic Society Mosque to help celebrate the holy Islamic month of Ramadan — and for “A Night of Solidarity.” Focusing on current unrest in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world, Mosque members invited members of various religions to join them in promoting peace and togetherness. Rev. Stuart Baskin of First Presbyterian Church told KTBB, “The world wants to pull us apart and make us enemies of one another, and I think it’s important as a Christian to bear witness to the reality of peace in the world.”

Neal KatzRabbi Neal Katz of Congregation Beth El chimed in, “I think with everything going on in the world right now, I think what’s most important is that we have a chance to come together and show solidarity with one another — all the different faiths.” Holding Tyler up as a positive example, Mosque spokesman Anwar Khalifa added, “We’re fortunate that we have such great friendships across the board in the clergy, and that we all get along and we all support each other.”

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