All People of Faith Are Not Mean Spirited

By Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jan 14, 2018
"Love one another as I have loved you."

When reading this, in the November-December issue of the Catholic Maryknoll Missioners magazine, knew that what happened to a naturalized citizen from Kenya in a small Vermont village could happen in my home town. Would someone speak up? I certainly hope so.
"Maybe they were reacting to my covered head, she says, recalling the vicious obscenities, yelled at her recently as she sauntered up the driveway of her Essex, Vermont home, just one mile from mine, "I don't know. I was scared."

Although Medina has been on the receiving end of hateful behavior before, being told "you smell", "go back where you came from,". The climate of intolerance that has surfaced during the past year has left her angry and confused. "This is not the America I thought it was.", she says.

From the National Council of Churches:

President Trump’s obscene remarks, reported yesterday — in which he described Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as “s***thole countries” — were deeply disturbing. The National Council of Churches unequivocally condemns these statements.

Further, President Trump’s stated preference for immigrants from nations such as Norway, combined with numerous other comments he has made over past years, reveals a deep-seated racism that is unacceptable.  These attitudes must be publicly rejected by all people of faith.  The very soul of our nation is at stake.

As Dr. King said, “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” We cannot remain silent at a time like this in the life of our nation.

We therefore demand that President Trump renounce his reprehensible views and apologize to the people he has demeaned through this likewise reprehensible language.  We further demand that the President seek to restore the dignity of the Oval Office by living out through concrete actions our country’s universal invitation to “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.”

In this spirit, we not only stand in solidarity with the noble people of Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa, we welcome those who immigrate to the United States from all countries of the world. We urge assistance to refugees. We support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  And we insist that Congress take action to protect these sisters and brothers.

As followers of Jesus the Christ, himself a resident of and refugee from a poor and marginalized country, we ask everyone to join us, to act now, to unite, and to end racism.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jan 14, 2018 11:43

This is a great example of the faith community showing inclusivity and TLC:

Local chef Lynn Archer will be at the Camden Community Breakfast, on Jan. 22, 2018, from 6:30 to 9 a.m., to kick off their guest chef program.

Archer is regularly featured on WCSH 6’s program, "207." She has also been on Food Networks "Lobster Throw Down" with Bobby Flay. Archer is owner/chef of two restaurants in Rockland, The Brass Compass and Archer’s on the Pier.

Camden Community Breakfast, a ministry of Chestnut Street Baptist Church at 29 Chestnut Street, is a restaurant style, cook-to-order breakfast that is open to the public every Monday.

FMI about the Guest Chef Program, contact Sue at (207) 542-0360.

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