In letters to Coptic Orthodox, Islamic and Muslim leaders across the United States, the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), denounced the hate video “Innocence of Muslims” and shared his commitment to speak against the violence and hate demonstrations that have erupted in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere.
     In his Sept. 19 letters, Hanson expressed sadness about what has unfolded in recent days, especially the tragic deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and others. He lifted up the importance of standing “shoulder-to-shoulder with people of other faiths” in working for a “world where peace, love and concern for one another may be a reality.”  Read ELCA press release