WASHINGTON (AP) -- A broad coalition of U.S. religious leaders has issued a statement calling racism ''an evil that must be eradicated from the institutional structures that shape our daily lives, including our houses of worship.''
The endorsers represented, among others, the Roman Catholic bishops, National Council of Churches, Southern Baptist Convention, Greek Orthodox archdiocese, National Congress of Black Churches, Judaism's three major branches, national Muslim organizations and Native American religions.
The participating groups have long opposed prejudice, but they rarely act jointly on social issues.
The interfaith National Conference for Community and Justice, which organized the effort in response to a call from President Clinton, released a directory of 27 religious programs working for racial inclusiveness. The group also issued specific guidelines to help local congregations and religious organizations foster racial justice.
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