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KCIYA

So you've no doubt been wondering what the Kansas City Interfaith Youth Alliance has been up to lately, it being some time since you may have heard or read about the group.

Well, I can tell you that this excellent organization, designed to foster interreligious understanding and dialogue, has had -- and continues to have -- a full summer.

I caught up with some of the members this past Friday afternoon as they worked at Harvesters with visiting youth from central Europe to put together boxes of food for hungry people. The photo you see here today shows kids lined up on either side of a conveyor belt filling the boxes with staples and non-perishable food items.

Earlier this summer KCIYA members helped with a youth program at the KC Urban Youth Center and attended a planning meeting for the annual Peace Walk, which may be held this year on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

They're also working with the International Visitors Council of Greater Kansas City to host the central European youth with whom they worked at Harvesters.

So these young people have been engaged in lots of things this summer, with more to come. And if you know young people who would be interested in connecting with this good group, look on the KCIYA Web site, to which I linked you above. There are lots of opportunities to get involved.

We simply must begin with our children to head off religious prejudice and bigotry. And the KCIYA is a great vehicle to help with this important task.

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AND ON THE FLIP SIDE. . .

Herman Cain, who wants to be president, says it's OK to ban mosques in American communities. This is the kind of religious bigotry you get when you haven't had a chance to participate in something like the Interfaith Youth Alliance.

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