After the Election:
Lessons America Must Learn
The seemingly endless, interminable presidential election campaign of 2016 is finally over. Thank God.
At this time, multi-faith clergy and lay leaders across the land are calling on every American to stand firm in our struggle to reassure the world that - here in the United States - all people are created equal.
Clergy and leading scholars of diverse faith traditions now stand together and condemn - with all our heart and strength – xenophobia, bigotry, misogyny, and racism. These are seen as religious transgressions and contrary to what is right and good in our world. Furthermore, we condemn using bigotry, racism, and xenophobia for political and personal gain.
We are united as people of faith who know that our nation’s commitment to religious freedom, to pluralism, to civil rights and to welcoming strangers are the very attitudes that have always made America great. Our faith of Judaism underscores the common affirmation on which this country is founded: All people are created equal.
We stand together with Christians, who see Christians persecuted in other countries. And with Muslims, who see Muslims targeted with stereotyping and hate speech.
As Jews, we see Jews denigrated and diminished by deeply-rooted hatred.
We stand together with Sikhs and Hindus - and so many others – who are disparaged for their differences.
We stand together as men and women who abhor sexual violence, and all violence. We stand together because we are the very stuff of the rich tapestry that is the United States.
We stand together because we must. The election is over but We the People remain. If we are to look at ourselves in the mirror and face our congregations, our families and our neighbors, we must be able to say that we did all that we could to repudiate xenophobia, bigotry, misogyny and racism even when they were disguised as policy pronouncements, campaign tactics or casual banter.
We call on all Americans to join us in affirming what is right and good and by rejecting what is wrong and reprehensible.
We stand together. Stand together with us.
Rabbi Harold F. Caminker