Interfaith Religious Leaders Hold Rally To Support ‘Occupy’ LA At City Hall

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A diverse group of religious leaders from the Los Angeles interfaith community gave thanks for the “Occupy” movement on Friday.

KNX 1070’s Vytas Safronikas reports a service of “gratitude and appreciation” for the city’s blessings and opportunities was held outside City Hall.

Christians, Jews, Muslims, indigenous Native Americans and others were on hand in the Main Square of the Occupy camp for a program that included worship music, Biblical readings, and fruit basket offerings of thanks.

According to Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater of the Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center, the ceremony was akin to an anti-“Black Friday” rally.

“Whoever has the most stuff wins,” the crowd repeated after Grater, who said “the Holy Scriptures, we were warned against this very thing.”

The leaders also wanted to show public support for the Occupy movement which may face eviction from its current location as early as next week.

“We know it’s a pivotal moment, and we want to be here as a sign and a witness of peace,” said Carissa Baldwin-McGinnis of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena.


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