Faith Communities Mourn alongside Jewish Americans
The mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh has devastated all of our faith communities. We abhor the rising levels of hate and violence in the United States. No one in our country should fear for their safety because of their faith.
We are also deeply troubled by the gunman’s anti-Semitic and anti-refugee statements on social media. We reaffirm our commitment to stand alongside one another to defend our rights and to welcome people of all backgrounds who seek refuge in America. We celebrate the work the Jewish community is doing to welcome refugees and to make this country a better place for all. We vow to work harder to make our country and our communities free of hate, bigotry, and violence.
Faith Coalition Applauds Hyatt for Taking Stand against Hate
On August 30, 2018, the Co-Chairpersons of Shoulder to Shoulder sent a letter to Mr. Mark Hoplamazian, President and CEO of Hyatt Hotels, asking the company to refrain from hosting a conference for the anti-Muslim hate group ACT for America. While that particular conference did proceed as planned, Mr. Hoplamazian issued a statement last week stating that Hyatt Hotels will no longer host hate groups.
Faith Leaders Speak out on Discriminatory Muslim Ban
Today, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump Administration in Donald J. Trump, President of the United States v. State of Hawaii, upholding a de facto Muslim ban that targets our Muslim neighbors on the basis of their religious affiliation. As we have said time and time again, targeting people based on their faith is not in keeping with the American ideals that we as American faith communities seek to uphold and advance. Today’s ruling will long be a stain on our country’s moral conscience, joining the woeful ranks of the Korematsu and Dred Scott rulings. This decision continues the abhorrent impacts that the Ban has already had on individuals, families and communities.