Statement on Racial Injustice
MULTI-FAITH NEIGHBORS NETWORK
But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.—Amos 5:24
You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.—Matthew 23:23
O you who believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witness in justice, and do not let the hatred of people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah.—Qur’an 5:8
Multi-Faith Neighbors Network (MFNN) grieves with all Americans of conscience over the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other black neighbors. We recognize that this particular political, legal and cultural crisis is in many ways the culmination of centuries of our nation’s structural injustices.. Our black neighbors have faced unique obstacles throughout American history—enslavement, systemic segregation, Jim Crow, red-lining, wide-spread lynching, discriminatory treatment by our criminal justice system, excessive police violence and a host of others. We join the throng of peaceful protesters, standing with them in solidarity, declaring that all humans—regardless of skin color—are created by God, imbued with inherent value and dignity, entitled to the fulsome realization of their equal rights.
Much is different among the three historic Abrahamic faiths—but we are united in our pursuit of justice. The Torah, New Testament, and Qur’an each testify that people of faith must protect the most vulnerable and marginalized. From widows and orphans to sojourners and the poor, our sacred texts teach that justice for all is essential to any healthy society. Such justice necessarily includes equal treatment, equal protection, and equal opportunity for all American citizens, regardless of race.
MFNN calls our nation and its leaders—at all governmental levels—to participate in a clear assessment of any and all systemic issues in our society leading to regular injustices so that they might be rectified. We are taught, and we have taught, that accountability for our failures and repentance for the hurt done by those failures are what God has called us to manifest. In that spirit, we are prepared to mobilize our congregations, collaborate with leaders, spearhead local change, and actively pursue legislation, so that we might be forces of good towards healing our broken world.
As Americans and people of faith, we come together, united in making real our nation’s sacred pledge, “with liberty and justice for all.”