Chicago auxiliary signs ad decrying postelection bigotry, violence

Catholics in Chicago publish an ad rejecting anti-semitism and homophobia

Bishop Albert Rojas

Auxiliary Bishop Albert Rojas of Chicago was one of more than a dozen Catholic signatories in the Chicago area to an ad decrying the “bigotry, intimidation and violence” unleashed since last November’s national election.

“A surge of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and discrimination against immigrants, refugees, African-Americans, Native Americans, LGBTQ individuals, and people with disabilities has threatened the well-being of so many throughout our city and our nation,” said the ad, which appeared May 14 in Chicago Tribune.

The ad, titled, “Out of Many, One — Stand Against Injustice and Hatred,” featured the assent of more than 150 signatories from Catholic, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other religious organizations.

“As religious leaders, we are painfully aware of humanity’s capacity for scapegoating the most vulnerable in times of uncertainty. We refuse to allow our differences to be used as vessels of hatred or targets of oppression,” the ad said.

“We stand in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters and condemn violence and hatred against them and their sacred sites. We also stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters against any attempts to create a Muslim registry. We commit ourselves to protecting the religious freedoms that contribute to our democracy and sustain our spiritual lives.”

The signers said they ” assert and renew our commitment to the LGBTQ community. We will not be silent about those who use political power to protect hate speech, refuse civil liberties and deny full participation in our common life based upon sexual orientation or gender identity.”

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