FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2017
Drew Konow | email@example.com | 203-222-0055
Religious Institute Releases Statement Condemning White Supremacist, Racist, Anti-Semitic, Neo-Nazi Demonstrations and Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia
Bridgeport, CT—The Religious Institute condemns the hatred and violence of white supremacy, racism, anti-Semitism, and neo-Nazi ideology displayed by protesters this weekend in Charlottesville, VA. These immoral beliefs, violent actions, and the loss of life they caused are rooted in a dangerous combination of human brokenness, a deficit of love for one’s neighbor, a lack of moral imagination, and the manipulation of religious beliefs.
Our faiths traditions, rooted in wisdom, love, and justice, require that we respond to these actions and beliefs.
We give thanks for the people of faith and religious leaders who answered the call to gather in Charlottesville this weekend to join together in prayer, song, and action. Their bold, courageous witness to justice and love is an example to us all.
Building on their example and acknowledging the United States’ long and ongoing history of racial injustice and oppression, our faiths compel us to work together to actively resist the immoralities of racism, white supremacy, anti-Semitism, sexism, and homophobia and to create a more just future.
As an organization committed to sexual, gender, and reproductive justice, the Religious Institute recognizes that all struggles for justice are bound together. White supremacy is an evil that people of conscience and faith must contest.
The Religious Institute is a nonprofit, multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society. More than 8,500 clergy, seminary presidents and deans, religious scholars, and other religious leaders representing more than 50 faith traditions are part of the Religious Institute’s national religious leaders network.
In the days and weeks to come, people of faith must commit to renewed action. Click here to find resources to help you do so.