Militants’ actions reinforce urgency of dialogue, religious leaders say

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February 25, 2015

Jordanian priests remember 21 murdered Egyptian Christians at Divine Liturgy in Amman

Coptic Orthodox priests in Amman, Jordan, remember 21 murdered Egyptian Christians during a Divine Liturgy Feb. 18. The Coptic Christians were beheaded by Islamic State militants in Libya, where the Egyptian nationals had been working. (CNS photo/Jamal Nasrallah, EPA)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Amid frequent reports of brutal killings and attacks by Islamic State militants, the director of an Islamic group in the United States strongly believes that people of faith must “collectively denounce” these actions of “stark evil” and “cruel barbarism.”

“We have to be clear in our writings, websites, lectures and speeches” that this group is a “misrepresentation of our faith and of all faiths,” said Sayyid Syeed, national director of the Islamic Society of North America’s Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances, based in Washington.

“By no stretch of the imagination,” he said, could anyone put the actions of Islamic State group, known as ISIS, within a faith tradition.

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