"With great interest we read the article, 'Arab/Muslim leaders meet with Canadian church reps' -- online Feb. 14, 2013, www.anglicanjournal.com; print version, 'Muslims and Christians seek peace', April 2013, p. 1]. We applaud the intent of this meeting, which is to increase the level of dialogue that exists between churches and the Muslim community. The impulse to dialogue is noble and certainly good things can come from it. We note also the desire here to emulate the relationship structure that many churches have developed with the Jewish community, primarily through the Canadian Jewish Congress and its successor organization, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. We represent organizations of Canadian Muslims proudly dedicated to the traditions of our faith while at the same time fully embracing the Canadian values of human rights, tolerance and respect for all faiths. With the greatest of respect, we urge church leaders to choose their Muslim interlocutors with care, for fear that they would consider extremists to be representatives of mainstream or moderate Islam". [Text of entire article.]
The writer is "Director, Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow".