U.S. Election 2016: Speaking Up Against Hate Rhetoric
By Jason Papallo, NCCJ E-Communications and Marketing Specialist
At an event in Iowa Wednesday night, Donald Trump asked his Christian supporters to raise their hands. He followed up by asking audience members that didn’t identify as Christian to raise their hands.
“Raise your hand if you’re not a Christian conservative. I want to see this, right? Oh there’s a couple people, that’s all right,” Trump said to the room. “I think we’ll keep them, right? Should we keep them in the room, yes? I think so.”
To tease that people might be kicked out of a room and ostracized because of their faith is unacceptable and never a joke.
As a non-profit, founded on honoring people of all faith traditions, we feel a need to speak-up and speak-out, loud. To put this in historical context, the National Conference for Community and Justice, NCCJ, was founded in 1927 when Al Smith, a Catholic, was running for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. People in this country, fearful that Mr. Smith would take his directions from the Pope and not the people, began saying hateful things about him and his candidacy. Good people like, Charles Evan Hughes, Thurgood Marshall and Jane Adams formed this organization, then called the National Conference of Christians and Jews, to address the interfaith strife in our country. For almost ninety years, NCCJ has continued to work and fight against prejudice, bias and bigotry in all its forms.
Whomever is elected President of the United States in November needs to be able to respect, honor and celebrate ALL of us, not just some of us. No matter the color of one’s skin, the way one worships, one’s gender or who it is one chooses to love, our leader needs to honor, respect and protect us ALL. Divided we fall, United we are strong.
NCCJ denounces anyone and any statement that seeks to divide and/or dishonor any of our inalienable rights that is the foundation of this great nation and which continues to be one of our greatest strengths…. our diversity. This is the foundation of the UNITED States of America. Please join us, NCCJ, in standing against hate and division.
About the National Conference for Community and Justice
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