Community Vigil in memory of the victims of hatred and violence at the Kroger Supermarket in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and other places.
In the last two weeks, two African American patrons at a Kroger Supermarket in Jeffersontown, KY were shot and killed soon after the assailant tried to break into the predominantly African American First Baptist Church. Soon thereafter, another man in Pittsburgh, PA stormed into the Tree of Life Synagogue and stated “I just want to kill Jews!”. He shot eleven worshippers and wounded six others, including four police officers. The Tree of Life massacre is the deadliest assault on Jewish Americans in US history. The killer targeted Tree of Life congregation because it supports the work of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). The killer believes welcoming any immigrant endangers the “purity” of America.
As people of faith and good will in Clallam County, we condemn racist and religious violence. We support communities of color and the Jewish community and all who are in danger.
The Christians among us do this in a spirit of humility and repentance as we remember the centuries in which the church persecuted the Jewish people. Anti-Jewish theology, legal discrimination and frequent pogroms set the stage for the holocaust in Nazi Germany.
The Interfaith Community in Clallam County envisions a world where all faiths, spiritual paths, communities, cultural and ethical traditions cooperate for the benefit of all and are honored, respected and celebrated. We stand with all victims of violence and hate.