As the Texas State Board of Education prepares to join in on the anti-Muslim hostility roiling the country, it is worth noting that many interfaith groups are stepping up their efforts to correct the misinformation and slander circulating about Islam. There are a number of interfaith endeavors scheduled in central Texas in the coming days that will attempt to use education and dialogue to ratchet down the fear and apprehension gripping our communities.
The SoL Center at University Presbyterian Church in San Antonio is offering a series of lectures and education events in October addressing this issue, including:
Who Speaks for Islam?
October 5 and 12
Introduction to Islam
October 2, 9, 16 and 23
And in Austin next week, Austin Area Interreligious Ministries (AAIM) is sponsoring a special gathering to respond to the heated rhetoric and fear-mongering targeting the Muslim community. The event next Tuesday (September 28) is a part of AAIM’s ongoing “Red Bench” series and will be open to the public. Click here if you would like to register to attend.
Positive and inclusive education events like these are more important than ever, and they prove that people of diverse faiths and differing beliefs can participate in thoughtful, constructive dialogue. The State Board of Education could take a lesson.