Christians called to stand against hate

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March 1, 2017
Contact: Aimee Thunberg ([email protected])

Christians called to stand against hate

Statement of Auburn Seminary President the Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson

NEW YORK — Today, as Christians around the world begin the solemn observance of Lent in preparation for Easter, Auburn Seminary President the Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson issued the following statement, calling on Christians to reject hate and stand with all who are being targeted and persecuted:

“When I was nine years old, I visited the memorial at Dachau for concentration camp victims who had been brutally and systematically killed there. It made an early impression on me of the evil that human beings can perpetrate on one another as individuals and also through government sponsored programs. Throughout my life, I have been inspired by leaders of faith and moral courage who have stood up and resisted evil such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and other upstanders along the way.

“Today, we need Christian leadership to stand up and say no to hate.

“What we are seeing on a daily basis — through the rhetoric and policies — is license to hate unleashed.  In our time, in this great nation, Jewish cemeteries are being desecrated and Jewish day schools are subjected to bomb threats.  Anti-Muslim and anti-Sikh violence is skyrocketing and mosques are the target of arson.  In our time, in this great nation, two students from India were shot by a white man screaming, “get out of my country,” and an off-duty cop physically and verbally abused a 13-year-old boy and then shot at him.  In our time, ICE agents verbalize that their job of deportation “becoming fun when they board planes to demand papers and actively destroy families.

“As a Christian minister I implore my fellow Christians to denounce these hateful acts when they come from individuals, as well as when they come from policies and rhetoric from those who should be leading and governing. We must stand alongside all our fellow Americans — Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, immigrants, persons of color, and all who find themselves yet again as victims and targets.”

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