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Interfaith Thanksgiving This Sunday Highlights Unity in Face of Terror

Interfaith Thanksgiving this Sunday. Credit: Rev. David Felton, United Methodist Church
Interfaith Thanksgiving this Sunday. Credit: Rev. David Felton, United Methodist Church
November 19, 2015

PHOENIX - In the wake of the terrorist bombing in Paris, this weekend's Eighth Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner in Fountain Hills takes on a new role, that of bringing together a community riven by fears about Muslim immigrants from Syria.

This week Governor Doug Ducey demanded the feds stop sending all refugees to Arizona out of concern terrorists might infiltrate their ranks. Azra Hussein, executive director with the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona, says Americans need to honor our founding principles.

"This country is a country of immigrants, of refugees," she says. "We need to open our arms to these orphans and families that have been coming from war-torn countries."

Each year several hundred people gather for the interfaith event to give thanks for the good fortune, safety and security we enjoy in the United States.

Hussein says the actions of a terrorist group shouldn't be allowed to poison Americans' sense of community.

"Anytime people come together as people of faith, as one humanity, it's very significant to show the world and community that standing together for what's right is always a good opportunity to take," she says.

The Interfaith Thanksgiving is free and open to the public. It will take place at 2 p.m. at Ascension Catholic Church in Fountain Hills, a suburb of Phoenix.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - AZ