by Johnny Almond
September 8, 2010
RALEIGH, NC — Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
, a BPFNA Partner Congregation in Raleigh, NC, will host a reading of the Qur'an and a time of prayer on Saturday, September 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. The text will be read in Arabic and English.
In making the decision to host the event, Pullen pastor Nancy Petty sought the counsel of the Raleigh-based Triangle Interfaith Alliance
(TIA). TIA board member William L. (Bill) Bingham subsequently polled three Muslim members of the TIA board and found unanimous support for the effort.
"Burning of books is among the most uncivilized activities that can occur," Bingham said. "It is a personal rebuke of the author. Burning a book known to be held in Sacred significance is even more horrendous."
The Pullen congregation invites all to participate in the event. The church is at 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC.
In a statement inviting the TIA membership to attend, Bingham said, "This is a proclamation of our religious freedom."
-Johnny Almond is BPFNA's Communications & Technology Manager.