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Letters: Cheering on All Saints Church

December 15, 2012

Re "A welcome mat at All Saints," Editorial, Dec. 13

I would like to applaud All Saints Church, an Episcopal congregation in Pasadena, for hosting the Muslim Public Affairs Council's annual convention. However, I am very surprised at the criticism hurled at Maher Hathout, MPAC's senior advisor.

As the former ecumenical officer of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I co-chaired Catholic-Muslim Dialogue with Hathout for many years. Hathout, a devout Muslim, has always stood up for justice and peace and has condemned terrorism wherever it has arisen. His interpretation of Islam, which prioritizes the principles of church-state separation, is what dar al-Islam (the house of Islam) needs.

He has spoken at length about developing a unique Muslim American identity. He and all American Muslims must be encouraged.

The Rev. Vivian Ben Lima

Woodland Hills

The gesture by All Saints Church is a wonderful one of cooperation among all faiths. Beyond simply toleration of other faiths, it shows respect for another's faith. Right on!

Andy Amid



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