October 15, 2019
Center for Inquiry Michigan Condemns the Anti-Semitic Vandalism at Temple Emanuel
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 10/15/19 – Center for Inquiry Michigan, the largest organization of atheists and humanists in the state, condemns in the strongest possible terms the vile act of hanging posters featuring anti-Semitic and pro-genocide images and text on a doorway at the Temple Emanuel synagogue in Grand Rapids.
We believe that tolerance and dialogue are crucial in a free, multi-religious society. As members of the West Michigan Interfaith Council, CFI Michigan has worked alongside our friends at Temple Emanuel at numerous interfaith events for more than a decade at community service projects and the annual interfaith Thanksgiving services held at Temple Emanuel and other local places of worship.
We can and should disagree on matters of religion and personal beliefs, but this should be done with mutual respect. Expressions of hatred and violence such as were expressed in this cowardly act at the Temple undermine the core values of America and the core values of humanism. We are disturbed that the number of such incidents seems to be increasing in recent years, too often escalating into acts of domestic terrorism fueled by hatred and bigotry.
We hope that local law enforcement agencies are successful in identifying those responsible for this heinous act and bringing them to justice for threatening the lives and sowing terror in this peaceful community of people.
Jennifer Beahan, Executive Director and the Center for Inquiry Michigan Advisory Board
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