New Interfaith Panel To Battle Religious-Backed Violence

Two New Jersey lawmakers have formed a coalition of religious leaders as part of a plan to educate and advocate against the proliferation of violent religious-backed attacks worldwide.

Democratic State Sen. Ray Lesniak and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. announced the formation of "Faith Leaders Against Violence'' on Monday. The say the group will help develop education and community-based programming to promote a common voice against all forms of violence.

Coalition members include Bishop Reginald Jackson, the pastor of St. Matthew AME Church and the executive director of the Black Minister's Council; Rabbi Avi Richler, director of legislative affairs for Chabad in New Jersey, and Patrick Brannigan, executive director of the New Jersey Catholic Conference.

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