(RNS) — Leaders of the tiny but religiously diverse kingdom of Bahrain are joining forces with a prominent Jewish human rights group to urge clergy worldwide to sign a new declaration that supports religious freedom and condemns extremism.

“We declare that when extremist clergy preach hatred, violence and seek to sow the seeds of discord, that they are inciting the desecration of the name of God,” reads the Bahrain Declaration, signed at a Los Angeles ceremony Wednesday (Sept. 13) attended by interfaith leaders and co-sponsored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Bahrain’s Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Rabbi Marvin Hier,

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