Mourning Another Hateful Tragedy

We reel, again, in the wake of yet another horrifying act of violence. We grieve with the Congregation Chabad in Poway, CA, and all our Jewish siblings. It is an all-too-painful reminder of how Anti-Semitism continues to corrupt our communities, the deadly fruits of bigotry. Today, we weep with those who weep, and pray this hatred might be banished from our midst—that no one should suffer its abuses.
This act of terror is not an isolated incident. The harrowing truth is that it is part of a broader pattern of white supremacist violence targeting houses of worship. In March, 50 Muslims were massacred as they prayed in Christchurch, New Zealand. Earlier this month, police arrested a man for burning three historically black churches in Louisiana. Just last week in Texas, a man attempted to set the North Austin Muslim Community Center ablaze and in Bethlehem Pennsylvania someone burned Iglesia Penetecostal beyond repair. And, the tragedy this weekend echoes the horrifying shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue last fall. Every person deserves to worship peacefully, yet, continually, centers of religious life have been targeted—transforming houses of peace into sites of unspeakable violence.
All of these attacks have come at a time when the President has repeatedly used his pulpit to regurgitate white supremacist talking points, attempting to excuse the inexcusable. Just last Friday, President Trump defended his decision to say there were “very fine people,” among the neo-Nazi protestors who shouted, “Jews will not replace us,” in Charlottesville. “[They] went because they

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