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Interfaith Day at the capitol
courtesy of Lee Strubinger of SDPB Radio
Interfaith Day at the capitol

Clergy, members of different faiths gather at state Capitol


The Associated Press - January 10, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. - Clergy and members of several religions have gathered at the South Dakota Capitol to meet lawmakers and urge them not to denigrate people of faiths different than their own.

The prayer and outreach Wednesday come after some lawmakers last year pushed measures on refugee resettlement in South Dakota.

David Zellmer is bishop of the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He says he wants to remind people of the religious freedom in the First Amendment.

Taneeza Islam, executive director of the nonprofit South Dakota Voices for Peace, says she hopes lawmakers recognize how diverse South Dakota is.

Sen. Neal Tapio, who last year sponsored an anti-refugee resettlement resolution, called the interfaith group a "political movement." Tapio says he will form an unofficial legislative panel to examine immigration and refugee resettlement programs.



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