According to a press release from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
“Regardless of whether people approve or disapprove of a possible Muslim community center or mosque in lower Manhattan, a synod bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) wrote in an Aug. 30 public statement that this is a time for all to be sensitive to one another and for Christians to learn more about Islam.
“The Rev. Robert A. Rimbo, bishop of the ELCA Metropolitan New York Synod, wrote a commentary that appears on the synod’s website about the controversial proposal to build the center near the site of the New York City’s World Trade Center, destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
“‘We live in a continuing, escalating culture of fear,’ Rimbo wrote.Â ’If we succumb to that fear, terrorism and extremism will be able to claim another victory. Rather, it is my hope and prayer that the energy surrounding this proposal can be directed to confronting our fears. Factual information may help.’”