FFEU President Rabbi Marc Schneier delivered a powerful address calling on people of all faith backgrounds to speak out against the dangers of anti-Muslim prejudice at the Islamic Center of Washington at the conclusion of the Annual Unity Walk in Washington DC on Sept 11. The Unity Walk has been held every September since 2003 to strengthen ties of friendship and trust between faith communities as a response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
According to Rabbi Schneier, "When American Muslims are under attack, we all have a responsibility to speak out and to defend and protect the rights of American Muslims in the U.S. As a rabbi, I believe that there is nothing more Jewish to do than to fight Islamophobia, and there is nothing more Christian to do than to fight Islamophobia."
More than 900 Washingtonians on all faiths and no faith, took part in the Unity Walk, sponsored by the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington to build harmony between faiths and communication between adherents of the diverse religions. The Unity Walk kicked off at Washington Hebrew Congregation in North West Washington and concluded several miles down Massachusetts Ave at the Islamic Center of Washington; with stops at various houses of worship along the route, including the Sikh Gudwara, Washington National Cathedral, St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church and the Soka Gakkai Buddhist Cultural Center and the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See (Vatican Embassy).