Combatting baseless hatred whether anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, or racist ideology will never be simple. Yet, the basic rule of our faith is love. We cannot express horror at an event and not act to root out its causes in our own lives and our community. Baseless hatreds see and treat people as the “other.” They build on a belief that an entire group of people is a threat. The carnage resulting is a horrifying expression of a hatred so intense that lives and places of worship are meaningless. It erupted in New Zealand, in the Tree of Life synagogue, and at the Charleston Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church among others. Tolerating speech and hostility that foster hatred is contrary to the mandate to love one’s neighbor, to welcome the stranger, and the words ”whenever you did it to one of these, you did it to me.” It is totally out of place in Christ’s community of compassion and love.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Do not tolerate hate speech. Avoid stereotypic language. Don’t repeat ethnic jokes. Teach children to accept differences and respect all people for who they are. Hold political leaders responsible for their words.
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:8
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself,
We are living in times in which feelings that many thought had passed are taking new life and spreading-feelings of suspicion, fear, contempt and even hatred towards individuals or groups judged for their ethnic, national or religious identity and, as such considered not sufficiently worthy of being fully part of society’s life.
Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity.
Quote words that affirm all men and women are your brothers and sisters.
I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.
Racial prejudice, anti-Semitism, or hatred of anyone with different beliefs has no place in the human mind or heart.
This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.
Not one of us can rest, be happy, be at home, be at peace with ourselves, until we end hatred and division.
You know how big love is? Love is big. love can hold anger; love can even hold hatred.
Defeating racism, tribalism, intolerance and all forms of discrimination will liberate us all, victim and perpetrator alike.
We must heal the divisions caused by intolerance and bigotry.
Hatred, racism, and extremism have no place in this country.