"Give peace a chance.”
With the words of John Lennon still very much appropriate today, a consortium of faith and civic leaders is coming together to do just that.
With memories of Charlottesville fresh in our minds, to say nothing of the many instances of hate in the country this past year, members of the group feel the need to "show up and speak out.”
Elie Wiesel, the great humanitarian, said it best, "The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference."
Watching the KKK and neo-Nazis with their hateful symbols on our television screens was a wake-up call to many Americans who thought those people had faded away. Unfortunately, they are feeling more empowered and have become more vocal.
Those people of color who lived in fear because of the bigotry and hatred of the KKK, and those Jews who suffered under the cruelty of the Nazis, still feel the fear and anxiety at the sight of the battle flag of the Confederacy and the swastika. Those of us who care about our country and our fellow Americans must counteract hate with understanding, compassion and love.
We owe it to future generations.
So, come join us and set a good example for your children.
We must remember that evil prevails because good people do nothing. Let's have a conversation.
We will meet at the Dixon Riverfront Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 21) for a community interfaith “Peace, Prayer and Reconciliation Vigil” as well as a candlelight walk around the bridges.