Forum will focus on religious hate crimes
By Ron Orozco – The Fresno Bee
The area’s interfaith community is coming together to commemorate 9/11 — and other recent dates involving acts of hatred toward religion.
An event, scheduled at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, features a panel discussion on “8/5, 8/6 & 9/11: Time for Healing Now.” Just days apart this year, a gunman opened fire at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee on Aug. 5, leaving six people dead, and a mosque was burned in Joplin, Mo., on Aug. 6.
Those on the panel are the Rev. Natalie Chamberlain, pastor of United Christian Church; Seyed Ali Ghazvini, imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno; the Rev. Bryan Jessup, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno; Sharnjit Singh Purewall, assistant secretary of the Sikh Council of Central California; Rick Winer, rabbi of Temple Beth Israel; and Robert Maldonado, a philosophy professor at Fresno State.
Moderator is Jim Grant, a host and producer at KNXT (Channel 49.1).
The event is presented by the Interfaith Alliance of Central California and the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno. The center is at 2111 E. Nees Ave. Details: icfresno.orgor (559) 297-9535.