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Human dignity must prevail, Paynter stresses
in response to incendiary rhetoric toward Muslims
By CBF Communications
DECATUR, Ga. — In response to recent incendiary rhetoric and proposals aimed at Muslims, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter has released the following statement:
Facing violence intended to kill and terrorize, we lament the death, pain and sorrow of innocents. We have offered prayers while understanding that prayers necessitate action.
Now, we see elected leaders and politicians, including a presidential candidate, call for banning all Muslims from our country as an expression of protection. They raise suspicions and condemn millions of Muslims on the basis of their faith.
As Cooperative Baptists, we are a Fellowship that daily lives out our shared commitment to Christ’s Great Commandment to love the Lord our God with all our heart and soul and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We live out this shared commitment through our relationships with our neighbors, our fellow Christians as well as those of other faiths.
We stand with people of faith across the nation eager to protect our country but also repudiating the toxic rhetoric aimed at Muslims in the United States and around the world. Although our beliefs are different, we pray for our Muslim neighbors and pledge to walk alongside them and not away from them in the days that lie ahead.
Facing fear, even protecting ourselves, does not mean foregoing human dignity. We are a Fellowship that loves God and loves our neighbor, as the Gospel compels us. This calling prevails in the face of the muddled and sometimes dangerous realities of our world.
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