HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Thursday at the Huntsville Islamic Center, Rabbi Elizabeth Bahar of Temple B’nai Sholom will read a letter to the public addressed to Congressman Mo Brooks in support of the LGBTQ community and inviting the congressman to visit the Huntsville Islamic Center, Free2Be and Spirit of the Cross Church.
Rabbi Bahar will read the letter Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at the Huntsville Islamic Center, located at 1645 Sparkman Dr NW.
The letter, which has already been made public, is attached to an online petition aimed at getting 1,000 signatures asking Brooks to visit the Huntsville Islamic Center.
Bahar and the other signatories wrote the letter to Brooks, R-AL, in response to remarks he made on the Birmingham radio station 99.5’s “Matt and Aunie” talk show in the days following the Orlando shooting that left 49 people dead and dozens injured at the Pulse nightclub.
“There are provisions in the Koran… that if you follow them it instructs Muslims to kill certain types of people and homosexuals are right up there at the top. It’s pretty clear that Islamic doctrine says you are to kill homosexuals where you find them,” Brooks reportedly said, according to our news partners at AL.com.
The letter specifically addresses this comment saying in part, “In the Pulse night club that dreadful night people lost their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, significant others, partners, husbands, wives and friends. The level of suffering that occurred begs for both justice and grieving. It demands that you, Congressman Brooks, who are in a leadership position for “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14) to demonstrate reconciliation, bridge building and openness.”
Other advocacy groups have come forward, asking for an apology from Brooks in regards to the comments he made on the show.
In addition to Bahar, Rev. Gregory Jerome Bentley with the Fellowship Presbyterian Church, Rev. Dr. Basye Holland-Shuey with The Episcopal Church of Nativity, Aladin Bashir with the Huntsville Islamic Center, James Robinson with Free2Be, Rev. Lynn Bullard with St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, and Rev. Sherry Birney with Grateful Life Community Church signed the letter.
“We bring this to your attention if only to indicate that the problem is far more complex and nuanced… We live in a scary time, a time when people crave safety and easy answers. But the problems we are encountering require dialogue, learning both from our past and the experiences of each other in the present.
“We invite you to demonstrate courageous leadership by coming to the Huntsville Islamic Center to pray with area leaders and enter into dialogue.”
WHNT News 19 reached out to Congressman Mo Brooks for a response on Wednesday. His office replied Thursday morning.