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

Carla Hinton Published: February 2, 2005

Floyd M. Schoenhals, bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Lutheran Synod, said clergy have long needed to take a stand on the issue.

"It is past time for us to speak up and to speak out about violence against women, he said.

The Rev. Malcolm Coby, pastor of Victory Temple Church of God in Christ World Ministry Center and a bishop with Church of God in Christ southeast Oklahoma jurisdiction, said religious leaders have a duty to hear the "silent screams of women those outside the church along with those who sit in the church pews.

Russell Fox, rabbi at Emmanuel Synagogue, said Tuesday's interfaith gathering was a good way to acknowledge that faith community leaders share "mutual responsibility to address violence against women.

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