Gov. Cuomo and New York clerics rip divider Trump
Gov. Cuomo and more than 125 religious leaders from around the state issued an open letter Sunday condemning white supremacy and President Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va.(Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock/Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, August 20, 2017, 10:30 PM
Gov. Cuomo and more than 125 religious leaders from around the state issued an open letter Sunday condemning white supremacy and President Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va.
“This week, from this White House, we have heard the racist dog-whistles of campaign rhetoric morph into the clear and undeniable language of racism,” wrote the group, which includes prominent pastors Floyd Flake of the Allen AME Cathedral in Queens and A.R. Bernard of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn.
“In New York, we stand with those who stand against hate. We, as leaders in this great State, unequivocally condemn the language and violence of white supremacy. We stand together to say that there are not many sides to hatred and bigotry; they have no place in our communities and must be denounced for what they are.”
The letter was also signed by Rabbi Joseph Potasnik of the New York Board of Rabbis, Rabbi Michael Miller of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, and Debbie Altmontaser of the Muslim Community Network, among dozens of other rabbis, imams, and ministers.
“While Washington wavers, New York stands strong. In the face of hate, we will not stand idly by. This weekend, and every weekend, we will preach and celebrate the beauty of diversity and respect for all. It is our hope that those in Washington will listen and join us,” the letter said.Send a Letter to the Editor
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