‘Hate Does Not Have A Home Here’

November 1, 2018

Editor: The board members of the Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University would like to express our deep sadness at the tragic loss of life at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We reject in the strongest possible way this act of anti-Semitism and all words, actions, and policies that foster prejudice, discrimination and a climate of hatred and violence. These actions erode the essential elements of our Constitution and Bill of Rights and demean our attempts to make our nation one which celebrates diversity and welcomes people of all faiths, colors, genders, and sexual orientations. We are in solidarity with our Jewish sisters and brothers in calling for a more civil national political discourse and in supporting all efforts to eradicate hatred and the violence of hate in whatever forms they appear. As a nation, we all need to join the affirmation that “Hate does not have a home here.” More than half a century ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke powerful words of healing wisdom. Our nation was at war and our national moral integrity was being questioned due to concerns about the use of force globally and radical injustices perpetrated on its citizens. Would that we all might listen and take to heart his words: “When I speak of love, I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am speaking of that force which all great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life.’’ May we take these words and transform them into actions which uphold the dignity of all our citizens. (The opinions offered by the Ethics Institute should not be considered official statements from Misericordia University or any of the institutions represented by our board members.) James M. Calderone On Behalf of the Board Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania Misericordia University DALLAS