LETTER: WE STAND TOGETHER AGAINST HATE CRIMES IN COMMUNITY
Rev. Randy Johnson, President, Great River Interfaith Partnership; Rev. William Meier, First United Methodist Church; Rev. Dee Pederson, Pastor St
As local spiritual leaders, we were angered and saddened by the report of an assault on a St. Cloud Muslim man who was leaving a prayer service at the Islamic Center across from the Methodist and Presbyterian downtown churches.
The incident was described as a hate crime, which should not be tolerated in our community.
As people of faith, it is important that we stand united against such acts of violence against our neighbors. We, the undersigned, pledge to work together to increase understanding and mutual respect in our community.
As Martin Luther King Jr. declared: "We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality; tied in a single garment of destiny."