EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Interfaith Clergy Council strongly condemns the horrific attacks that have taken place just one day apart in New York and Texas.
The first was in a home during a Chanukah celebration in Monsey. Sadly, this stabbing of five people is not an isolated incident. Following on the heels of the attack in Jersey City, this is the fifth anti-Semitic incident in the New York area this week. We are heartbroken and outraged by the increasing frequency of these occurrences.
The second was a shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. Once again our thoughts and prayers are with the two victims killed in a house of worship.
No one should ever feel fear in their everyday lives due to intolerance and hatred. These actions, specifically targeting religious communities, go against everything we stand for as people of faith and as a country that is committed to freedom of religion.
This is a lesson that no one is exempt, and we must come together, learn about each other, interact with one another and build a society and a world of tolerance. As a clergy council, we urge everyone to attend an activity with another religious or ethnic group. Let East Brunswick be an example for others and set the tone for harmony and understanding.
We urge all religious and civic leaders to work together and to speak out against hatred and bigotry in any form. We urge everyone to be tolerant of others. Only by remaining united can we achieve the goal of a more kind, just and peaceful world.
Reverend Jill Ellen Collict Pastor, Nativity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer Temple B’nai Shalom
Father Mark Hannah Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church
Muhammed Hashmi Islamic Center of East Brunswick
Reverend Karen G. Johnston Settled Minister, The Unitarian Society
Rabbi Shlomo Landau Torah Links of Middlesex County
Reverend Erica Munoz Pastor, Aldersgate United Methodist Church
Reverend Ed Hoener Trinity Presbyterian Church
Rabbi Jeff Pivo East Brunswick Jewish Center
Rabbi Efayim Unterman Young Israel of East Brunswick
Father Thomas Walsh Pastor, Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church
Pastor Thomas Wong Point Community Church of East Brunswick