Read the pastor’s apology for participating in an interfaith service after Newtown massacre
In the days following the Sandy Hook massacre, Reverend Rob Morris, a new pastor to Christ the King Lutheran Church, gave the benediction in a high-profile interfaith memorial service on Dec. 16 in Newtown, Conn. — among the attendees were President Obama, the surviving families of the slain, and clergy members from a variety of religions, including the Muslim and Baha’i faiths. As the New York Times reports today, his denomination regards sharing the stage with other, "false" religions like Islam and Bah'ai, as a violation — they prohibit joint worship with other faiths, under any circumstances. After an excoriation by his leader, Reverend Matthew C. Harrison, president of the Missouri Synod, Morris submitted an open-letter apology for his attendance. Here is his letter.