In a show of solidarity with the Muslim community, representatives of the Tulsa Jewish Federation and several interfaith organizations held a press conference Friday condemning Oklahoma lawmakers who turned down a copy of the Quran.
Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs, refused a gift of Islam's holy book earlier this week, saying, "Most Oklahomans do not endorse the idea of killing innocent women and children in the name of ideology." Other lawmakers joined him in refusing the gift, offered by the Governor's Ethnic American Advisory Council as part of the state's centennial celebration.
"Today, I'm an American Muslim, speaking for our brothers," said David Bernstein, executive director of the Jewish Federation.
"Hateful words inevitably lead to hateful actions," he said.
Also represented at the press conference, held at the Al-Salaam Mosque, were the Oklahoma Conference for Community and Justice, Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry, the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance, the Islamic Society of Tulsa, the Say No to Hate Coalition and the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.