2017-08-30 / Letters

Interfaith dialogue group comments on Charlottesville

The Jewish Christian Muslim Dialogue of Southern New Jersey, an independent interfaith dialogue group, issued the following statement on Charlottesville:

The Jewish Christian Muslim Dialogue of Southern New Jersey calls on President Trump to condemn unequivocally the perpetrators of the violence in Charlottesville: The Nazis, KKK and other purveyors of hate. It is time for the President to support our communities who have recognized that we cannot continue to display on public property statues and memorials representing slavery and treason against the United States in a terrible Civil War, which resulted in 750,000 American deaths.

We also strongly condemn the bigotry and dishonesty of Alex Jones and call on President Trump, as our nation’s moral and political leader, to forthrightly and totally condemn, reject and renounce his connections to and support of Jones, Infowars and other such radical people and groups.

Jones and Infowars are infamous for propagating Islamophobia, anti- Semitism, racism, xenophobia and white supremacism. President Trump has been a guest on Jones’ program many times over the years and has been endorsed by Jones.

Jones’ latest outrage is accusing Jews of pretending to be the Nazis who demonstrated in Charlottesville. Using that tactic of red flag deflection to others, Jones seeks to blame Jews, the primary victims of the Nazis, of being actors playing the Nazis at the violent, racist, pro-Confederacy demonstrations in Charlottesville.

It is time for President Trump to condemn unequivocally the perpetrators of bigotry and hatred, not those who oppose that bigotry and hatred.

Alan Respler, chair
Betty Hewitt Ali,
Jack Callahan,
Kathy Kaplan,
co-chairs

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