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State Capitol: Declaration of nonviolence
State religious leaders gather to oppose abuse

Carla Hinton Published: February 2, 2005

Violence against women is not just a crime but a sin.

Tuesday, Oklahoma clergy leaders representing an array of denominations and faiths agreed with that message, one they intend to share with their congregations and the community as a whole.

"Violence not only against women in all its forms is an affront to God, said the Rt. Rev. Raphael Moore of St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Jones.

Moore was among a group of about 35 religious leaders who gathered at the state Capitol at the request of state Rep. Rebecca Hamilton, D-Oklahoma City. Each leader signed a declaration of opposition to violence against women a move Hamilton called a "historic demonstration of religious unity.

"Violence against half the human race which is treated with indifference is a crime against God. It is a sin, Hamilton said.

The legislator asked those gathered to support the statewide Day of Prayer for an End to Violence Against Women on March 6 by praying and spreading the anti-violence message to their congregations and communities.

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