Declaration For Life From Faith Traditions of Jews, Christians, And Muslims
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Press Release: April 1, 2008


Religious leaders from various faith communities met Monday, March 31, 2008 to issue a "Declaration for Life" that deplores global violence and exhorts to world peace.declarationdeclaration

The text of the declaration is as follows.

Declaration for Life from Faith Traditions of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian

It is time that we as faith leaders come together and condemn the senseless loss of life all around the world, and at home.

It is time for all faiths to stand together: The Jewish people have deep roots in Iraq. Abraham, the Old Testament patriarch, was born in the ancient city of Ur, in what is now southern Iraq. Abraham fathered Isaac, who fathered Jacob, who was renamed Israel by God and promised a nation. Jesus is said to have descended from that line. Abraham's other son, Ishmael, was also promised a nation in the bible. He is considered the progenitor of the Arab peoples. From the branch of Ishmael, Islam's central figure, the Prophet Muhammad, descended.

The time has come for leaders to stand together in holding high regard for human life across the globe when so much conflict, carnage and human bloodshed mocks the mandate of the Hebrew Scriptures: "Thou shall not kill." The Christian Scriptures: "Love one another!" And the Islamic Scriptures:  " killing an innocent person unjustly is like killing all of mankind

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