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A Muslim and A Christian Reflect on Violent Extremism

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Every day we hear stories and see images of violent extremists using violence to coerce and manipulate both local and worldwide audiences. They often cite their faith as the reason for their violence and say that God authorizes their actions.

At the Oak Harbor Library on Monday April 27th at 7:00 PM , a Muslim and a Christian will reflect on these horrific events, will seek to name the root causes, and how each faith seeks to support human beings in living together in peace.

Pastor Terry Kyllo and Jeff Siddiqui are friends who have been engaging in interfaith dialogue in Marysville over the last few years will be speaking and leading the conversation.

“One of the key issues facing human beings is this question: How can we live together given our cultural differences,” says Terry Kyllo. Kyllo is a Lutheran pastor who serves The Catacomb Churches, a church of house churches throughout northwest Washington State.

Jeff Sidiqui is a practicing Muslim and is a member of American Muslims of Puget Sound. “The heart of the Koran is the respect for your neighbor. It breaks my heart to see so many people of all faiths failing to live in love,” he says.

The event is sponsored by The Catacomb Churches and the Island County Democratic Party.

About the Speakers:

Terry Kyllo is a Lutheran pastor who is serving The Catacomb Churches. He grew up in Eastern Washington, went to Pacific Lutheran University and graduated from a Lutheran seminary in Chicago. He has served in partnerships between Episcopalians and Lutherans for over 10 years and has been a pastor for 23 years. He is the author of two books, Being Human and Apprenticeship. Terry feels that interfaith dialogue is critical to us learning to live with each other given our cultural differences. He lives in Anacortes with his wife and two children.

Jafar Siddiqui was born and brought up in Pakistan. He received his Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington and worked for some years, in Britain, as an Industrial Engineer. He returned to the Seattle area in 1983, where he has been settled with his wife and two children. He is now working as a real estate broker in King and Snohomish counties. He is deeply involved in issues of human rights, civil rights, especially where they intersect with Muslims. Has written commentaries in newspapers and magazines, he has also been a commentator in Radio and TV, all on Islam, civil rights, public policy and terrorism.