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Alachua County Faith Leaders Alliance Statement Against Anti-Semitism

Last Saturday the nation was stunned by yet another hateful act of mass murder. This was a hate crime; an antisemitic crime. A Jewish community in Pittsburgh were meeting in their place of worship to celebrate new life and now are mourning the loss of life. As people of diverse faiths, we stand in solidarity with the Tree of Life Congregation and with Jewish communities across the nation, grieving this senseless loss and violence.

The hateful rhetoric that is escalating in our country has to be stopped. The decision to practice patience, peace and love needs to start with our leaders and flow like a river through our communities. Antisemitism is a reality across the globe and as an organization, we are united in condemning out. We can speak across politics, across difference in naming it for what it is — pure hatred. People of faith need to feel safe in their place of worship and not, out of fear, feel compelled to hire extra security or arm themselves.

Now is not the time to be silent. Now is not the time to be sit back and wait. The youth of today need to hear and see us model love for all humanity, speak out against injustice, and call for change.

Therefore, we call on all people of our community to consider the actions we can take to move us toward a better, safer, more inclusive environment. We can say no to hateful speech, especially from those who desire to represent us as elected officials in our community, state and our world. We can say yes to supporting each other, seeking the good for all humanity and especially for those wo are most vulnerable to hate crimes. We can speak and act courageously for the sake of our children, in pursuit of a day when none of them need to live in fear. We have a responsibility for the future of the country and so we say no today to antisemitic behavior; if not us, then who?

As people of diverse faiths, we unite in opposition to antisemitism. Let us work together to change the rhetoric of hate that has become normalized in America. Together we can proclaim that antisemitism and all forms of hate have no place in this community. Together we can offer a different way – the way of peace, the way of respect, the way of love. If not us – who? If not now, when?

Alachua County Faith Leaders Alliance
Rev Andy Bachmann, United Church of Gainesville
Bonnie Zimmer, Co-Clerk, Gainesville Quaker Meeting
Rev Catherine Dearlove, Senior Pastor, Trinity MCC Gainesville
Rev. Dr. Cathy Harrington, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville
Rabbi David Kaiman, Rabbi, Congregation B’nai Israel, Gainesville
Rev Greg Magruder, Pastor, Parkview Baptist Church, Gainesville
Rev. Dr. Janet Claire Moore, Director, The Seraphim Center, Gainesville
Dr. Jan Snyder, Center Director, Shambhala, Gainesville
Rev Larry Green, Senior Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Gainesville
Father Les Singleton, Episcopal Church of the Mediator, Micanopy
Rev. Dr. Maureen Killoran, Unitarian Universalist (retired), Gainesville
Rabbi Michael Joseph, Temple Shir Shalom, Gainesville
Rev. Milford Lewis Griner, President, The Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee, Gainesville
Rev Shelly Wilson, Senior Pastor, United Church of Gainesville

 
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