Faith Leaders Slam Texas Lawmaker's ‘hateful Rhetoric' Against Muslim Candidate for Euless Council

A band of clergy leaders, along with the organization Faith in Texas, have denounced remarks by Rep. Jonathan Stickland of Bedford regarding Euless City Council candidate Salman Bhojani — in particular, singling out his Muslim faith."We lament that some who claim the name of Christ treat those who do not as suspicious or less committed citizens," said Rev. Steve Heyduck, senior pastor at First United Methodist Church of Euless.A news release announcing Thursday's reaction from clergy said the group was "dismayed to see the fires of fear and prejudice stoked against a fellow member of the faith community." The group said such a statement was necessary in the face of "hateful rhetoric.""This is not about politics," said Rev. Philip Rhodes, senior pastor at First United Methodist Church of Hurst. "This is about basic human interaction, rules of engagement and the ability to disagree with a person without making it about race or religion."  Continue reading...

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