Saturday, November 19, 2016

Vermont clergy call for end to hate-filled speech, actions

From Vermont-

Religious leaders across Vermont on Friday called for a stop to hate-filled speech and actions around the country and in the state since the presidential election and urged unity and a greater commitment to fighting oppression and injustice.

There have been reports of racist threats and anti-Semitic speech and actions around Vermont, said Earl Kooperkamp, rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Barre. A Jewish community organization in Middlebury, Vermont, said someone drew two swastikas on its door this week.
"Our faith calls each one of us here today," Kooperkamp said at a press conference on the Statehouse steps held by Vermont Interfaith Action, a coalition of 42 congregations throughout the state. "Our religious traditions teach us to respect, respect the dignity of every human being. And we deplore racist ... anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, Islamophobia and anti-immigrant actions and speech that has been on the rise throughout our country. We urge all Vermonters to open their hearts and to find in our true, fundamental unity," Kooperkamp said.

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