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LDS statement

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement on Friday to formalize its position on Islam. The church said it has enjoyed a long and mutually respectful relationship with many Muslims and recognizes that those responsible for the reprehensible actions on Sept. 11 in no way represent the views of millions in the Islamic faith.

"We are grieved to hear of instances where innocent members of this and other faiths have been singled out for acts of retribution," the church said. "We condemn such acts as wrong and immoral." The church also encourages its members to extend kindness and love to all sons and daughters of God.