Auburn Seminary calls on ‘Unite the Right’ protesters to repent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 9, 2018
Contact: Loretta Kane ([email protected] or 917-410-7242)

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

NEW YORK — As the one-year anniversary of the deadly ‘Unite the Right’ march in Charlottesville, Virginia approaches, Auburn Seminary President the Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson issued the following statement:

One year ago in Charlottesville, the nation witnessed an emboldened white supremacist movement rallying to proclaim a racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic ideology and whose violent actions led to three deaths, including that of Heather Heyer, whose memory we hold in our hearts today.

“I am deeply concerned by the threat this movement poses to our democracy, and dismayed at how white supremacy in all of its manifestations has been coddled and even encouraged by the current administration. All across our country we see a rise in anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, anti-LGBT violence, anti-Sikh attacks, the inhumane treatment of immigrant families and racist violence against black people — all of whom are human beings created in God’s image.

“As a Christian minister, my role is to identify sin and call our world to wholeness and justice. Racist bigotry and ignorance are roadblocks to unity and violate one of God’s important commandment to love one another. Racism is a sin and I call on those who are rallying this weekend under the banner ‘Unite the Right’ to repent, turn around, change your ways and follow the call to love all those whom God loves, which means everyone.”

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