(Los Angeles – 1/17/07) — Three prominent religious leaders from Southern California, who met with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) during the crisis in Lebanon last summer called on her yesterday to work toward inclusion of Muslim America constituents. Reverend George Regas, Rabbi Leonard Beerman and Dr. Maher Hathout reached out to Senator Boxer in response to her recent decision to rescind an award which was to be given to Bassim Elkarra, Executive Director of the CAIR-Sacramento office.

“We are calling you because we met with you and we experienced first hand that you are open and inclusive and seek to forge a better society,” Hathout told Boxer. “There is a general environment that Muslims perceive that they are being marginalized and viewed in an unhealthy light. What we need is to deal with the conditions and events that make this community feel marginalized.”

Boxer assured the leaders that her office is in ongoing communication with CAIR-CA representatives and that she remains committed to working with broad and diverse interfaith constituencies to promote civil rights, combat global warming and end the war in Iraq. She hoped to continue to engage with faith-based communities on relevant issues pertaining to domestic and international issues. . .


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