This coming October 26 is the two-year anniversary of the
passage of the USA-PATRIOT Act and the last day before the Muslim holiday
Ramadan, making it a fitting time for people of all faith traditions to affirm
and celebrate fundamental freedoms.
In response, a diverse group of religious organizations have declared the
entire weekend, October 24-26, 2003, "Witness for Civil Liberties
Weekend." By engaging in programs of education, worship, and community
action, participating religious organizations can help to ensure that freedom
in the United States is truly for all people---regardless of citizenship,
nationality, race, or religion.
The event website, http://www.WitnessForCivilLiberties.org,
has a wealth of ideas and information on how to get involved. The site includes
resources such as: links to analysis of the USA-PATRIOT Act, tips on holding a
vigil, discussion questions, as well as sermons and readings about civil
American Baptist Churches USA, American Friends Service Committee, American
Hebrew Congregations, Division of Homeland Ministries, Christian Church
Christ), Center on Conscience and War, Central Conference of American Rabbis,
The Interfaith Alliance, Friends Committee on National Legislation and More.
From UCC. Justice and Peace newsletter