FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Dr. Alex Kharazi received a commendation by Mayor Phillip Kramer and the Township Council Tuesday night.
Kharazi's commendation credited him with rejuvenating the Franklin Township Interfaith Council and organizing candlelight vigils commemorating victims of terrorist attacks while condemning the attackers. He was also recognized for his service on the Township Planning Board, Human Relations Commission, the Franklin Township Dr. Martin Luther King Community Foundation, and the NJ Interfaith Coalition. Kharazi also held "get-to-know-you" meetings with township officials.
"Mr. Mayor, as I grow older and hopefully a little wiser I believe more than ever before that people are equal in humanity," Kharazi said. "I also believe that all of us have been created equal in the image of God, therefore we can embrace our deepest moral values and commit to loving each other regardless of the color of our skin, faith, gender, sexual orientation, and national origin."
Kharazi was also acknowledged for his work in promoting the "Stand Up For The Other" pledge. Thursday night the Franklin Board of Education approved district participation in the pledge as part of the district-wide anti-bullying program. The pledge was also read last week during Franklin Township's community breakfast.
"I was happy to see that Stand up for the Other pledge “was read by about 500 leaders and community members during Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday celebration event on Jan. 16th," Kharazi said.
Kharazi feels right now our nation is going through some tough times, and hate and bigotry seem to be more visible.
"Franklin Township is known for its diversity and peaceful co-existence," Kharazi said. "Now more than ever before we all as leaders, educators, and citizens of Franklin need to come together and show our commitment to a bias and hate-free community."
Kharazi was also named "Man of the Year" for 2016 by the Reporter & Advocate.
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