Bahai News - Perry, religious leaders gather to pray for 'comfort and justice'
Perry, religious leaders gather to pray for 'comfort and justice'
Interfaith service at state Capitol produces calls for a measured
By WAYNE SLATER / The Dallas Morning News
AUSTIN - Flanked by religious leaders of a dozen faiths, Gov. Rick Perry
called upon God for "comfort and justice" Wednesday at a midday
prayer service at the Capitol.
"He listens and he comforts," the governor told about 300 people
gathered at the Capitol's south steps. "May God bless this America that
One after another, representatives of various religious groups offered brief
prayers for the victims, their families and the nation's leaders in the
aftermath of Tuesday's terrorist attacks.
"As we struggle through this blinding cloud of rage, anger and fury," said
the Rev. Davidson Loehr of the First Unitarian Universalist Church, "let us
pray that we will have wisdom so that in our desire for swift justice we do
not, ourselves, commit acts of injustice."
Standing next to each other were Rabbi Kerry Baker and Imam Safdar Razi Amir
Ali, a representative of the Muslim community in Austin.
The Muslim cleric denounced the attacks and said the perpetrators would be
"People are your brother," he said. "Even those who are Jewish."
Rabbi Baker of Congregation Kol Halev offered a prayer "for all persons who
are in grief, but especially the families and friends of those who have lost
Others – including a Buddhist, a Baptist, a Catholic and a member of
the Bahai faith – joined in a united expression of grief and prayer in
the wake of the tragedy.
People in the crowd carried American flags. Students from a nearby Catholic
school held a sign that said: "Pray for Peace." Spontaneously, the crowd
broke into a chorus of "God Bless America."
"It is appropriate that we have come together in a place such as this to
draw strength from one another and to join together in silent prayer,"
said Jim Mayfield, senior pastor at Tarrytown United Methodist Church in
Mr. Perry said Texans should guard against misplaced criticisms or attacks
against any group.
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