DETROIT – A Christian, Jewish and Muslim panel gathered earlier this week to discuss the importance of the Holy Land in their faiths.

St. Peter Catholic Church in Harper Woods hosted the event, “Are You As Confused About The Middle East As I Am?” on Tuesday. About 35 attendees, the majority of them senior citizens, took part in the morning program.

Panel participants included Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations – Michigan Chapter (CAIR-MI); Sharona Shapiro, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee; and Reverend Daniel Buttry of International Ministries.

The goal of the meeting was not to have debate over political issues but to share feelings on the importance of the Holy Land. “If you came here with a sharpened sword, my job is to disarm you today,” said moderator Steve Spreitzer, to chuckles from the crowd.


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