Messages of Support

“History, both ancient and recent, provides us with ample examples of the tragic results of hate crimes and discrimination based on people’s religion or assumed faith traditions. Islamophobia is based in ignorance and fear; let us do what we can, as vigorously and skillfully as possible, to help in easing tensions, reversing discriminatory laws, stopping hate crimes, and increasing education and information about people in our own communities who are peacefully going about their jobs and taking care of their families as Muslims.”

– Mushim (Patricia) Ikeda, Oakland, CA, USA

“Members of any community should respect the rights of those belonging to other communities to live free from exclusion and discrimination as long as they remain committed to peaceful relations with others. People of all religious persuasions should acknowledge the right of every individual to practice the religion of their choice. In matters of religion there should be no compulsion; in matters of social coexistence there should be no discrimination or persecution merely on the basis of ethnicity or religious identity.”

– Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Carmel, NY, USA

“‘Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.'”

– Allan Badiner, Big Sur, CA, USA

“Thank you for this important statement.”

– William Aiken, Washington, DC, USA

“Thank you so much for this important letter–I’m honored to join you!”

– Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Boulder, CO, USA

“Having worked on Palestinian human rights in the West Bank and Gaza Srip for many years before settling in Cambodia, I feel strongly that the Islamophobia not only harms Muslim communities but diminishes us strongly as Buddhists and as human beings.”

– Rev. Beth Kanji Goldring, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA

“‘My sister sent some figs for us from the trees in her backyard by the Tigris River,’ said my now departed, senior-citizen Zen student, born in Iraq, and educated in the US. She used to come regularly for meditation and talks, and cell-phone Zen advice to her sister’s family in the heart of Baghdad. Wherever they may now be, may their hearts know peace. Our Zen Center is forever grateful for an inside look at a kind of life we could not have imagined otherwise.”

– Patricia Dai-En Bennage, Pennsdale, PA , USA

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