The Servant Team of the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans is deeply concerned about certain directions that the present Presidential debates are taking.
We are updating this letter originally sent September 13, 2015. Our concerns have not lessened. The continued attacks by varied candidates running for President of the United States on varied communities has not diminished. The hateful recent verbal attack on the Muslim Communities in the United States and around the globe is wrong and need to be resisted. In New York, Boston, and elsewhere across the nation, Muslims are being harassed and terrorized. We need to stand with our Sisters and Brothers, especially at times of risk. We need to say NO! to fear that breeds hate, and lead to violence.
As followers of Jesus in the way of St. Francis,
we work to reach out across lines of cult and race to reclaim the Most High’s original community of sisters and brothers of the one creator. We cannot stand by silent as any person seeking to be President of these United States speaks words of hatred and exclusion toward people who live in our midst and do our work.
For many years now, the food of the US has been planted, harvested, packed, shipped and prepared by sisters and brothers who have crossed our southern borders. We are all enriched by their labors. To have Donald Trump and others speaking of these members of our community as thieves and “no goods” is outrageous. This must be resisted.
We call for those preaching this hatred to stop, and for women and men of good will to speak out against this racism and violence.
The language of hate is often coded, but was understood by two Boston adults, who beat a homeless Hispanic man. They pointed to Donald Trump as their inspiration. The use of hate speech threatens all people of color. Citizens of this nation need to promote the “Beloved Community,” not walk down a road of racism.
As followers of Jesus in the way of St.Francis, the members of the Servant Team of the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans call for an end to these racist attacks, and for a shift toward building a community of love and respect and full participation.