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Religious Leaders Seeking Common Ground on Abortion Condemn George Tiller’s Murder, Say Act Offends Us All

June 1, 2009, 8:39 am | Posted by katie

In reaction to the tragic murder of Dr. George Tiller, religious leaders and groups who hold different views on the legality of abortion, but a shared commitment to working towards common ground solutions to reduce abortions by addressing its root causes issued the following statement this morning:

“We were shocked and saddened to hear that Dr. George Tiller was murdered at his church yesterday morning. Such violence is an affront to the teachings of all faith traditions and an attack on civil society. Houses of worship have served as sanctuaries providing a safe harbor even in times of widespread violence for millennia — that this act took place in Dr. Tiller’s church where he was serving as an usher on Sunday morning only underscores its abhorrence. We condemn it, and we pray for Dr. Tiller’s family, church and community.

“As people of faith working to create civility and common ground on abortion, this reprehensible attack reminds us of our moral obligation to respect the humanity of those on both sides of this issue. Wherever we stand, this act offends us all.”

Dr. Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland A Church Distributed

Rabbi David Saperstein, Director, Religious Actions Center for Reform Judaism

Dr. David P. Gushee, Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University

Melissa Rogers, Director, Center for Religion and Public Affairs, Wake Forest University Divinity School

Ron Sider, President, Evangelicals for Social Action

Rev. Susan Thistlethwaite, Former President, Chicago Theological Seminary

Chris Korzen, Executive Director, Catholics United

Emilie M. Townes, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Yale Divinity School

Steve Schneck, Director, Life Cycle Institute, The Catholic University of America

Rev. Derrick Harkins, Senior Pastor, Nineteenth Street Baptist Church

Glenn Stassen, Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary

Rev. Meg Riley, Director of Advocacy and Witness, Unitarian Universalist Association

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Rev. Otis Moss, Jr., Pastor Emeritus, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good

Faith in Public Life



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