Bahai News - 2000-12-13 Statement by President on Commending NCCJ
Baha'i Faith is not mentioned in this release, but it is of
interest to the Baha'is.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
(Belfast, Northern Ireland)
For Immediate Release
December 13, 2000
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
Today I want to commend the National Conference for Community and Justice
(NCCJ) on its innovative efforts to further engage the faith community in
racial reconciliation. NCCJ's Faith Leaders Initiative builds on my
Initiative on Race, and the March 9 White House meeting where leaders of
institutions of faith announced important new steps as they rededicated
themselves to fight racism.
Today's Joint Statement on Racism, drafted and endorsed by a broad
group of faith leaders, recognizes the important role of people of faith
in fighting racism. It states: "Racism is a problem of the heart and an
evil that must be eradicated from the institutional structures that shape
our daily lives including our houses of worship." Those who affirm this
statement and make its seven pledges will indeed be part of transforming
our society to eradicate racism.
In addition, the directory of promising practices, guidelines for
inter-religious forums, and list of 10 actions every individual can take
to fight racism are significant contributions toward fulfilling our
vision of One America.
Many groups and individuals have worked long and hard to develop the
initiatives announced today. It will take many more groups and many more
individuals to put these initiatives into action. When the National
Conference for Community and Justice chose to continue the work of the
Race Initiative within the faith community, I trusted this unique
organization to bring new vision and extra vigor to that call. Today's
announcement again attests to both its creativity and your commitment.
It is only through work such as this that our nation will truly come to
know both racial justice and racial reconciliation -- truly be One America.
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