Two Reflections by Rev. Peter

1)  "Stand Against Hate" Rally for Delaware County on Aug. 13, 2017

Thank you to the organizers of this event and thank you to all of you for showing up. Because showing up is what we need to do. And we need to keep showing up, again and again and again. Fatigue and despair are not an option. So thank you for being here today. We are here today to condemn the violent display of white supremacy that occurred in Charlottesville yesterday. While we support every American’s right to peaceably assemble, just as we have assembled here this afternoon, there can be no doubt that assembling peaceably was not on the minds of the “Unite the Right” marchers in Charlottesville. You do not come to assemble peaceably armed with torches, clubs, shields, pepper spray, and semi-automatic weapons. Yesterday was a violent assembly aimed at the heart of our nation and all it stands for, and we are here today to say, in no uncertain terms, this will not stand.

There are some who want you to believe that there are “many sides” to what happened in Charlottesville yesterday. So, let me be clear: There are only two sides. On one side there is violence. On one side there is fear. On one side there is despair. On one side there is scarcity. On one side there is desperation. On one side is divisiveness. On one side there is moral bankruptcy. On one side there is hate. This is the side that showed up spewing Nazi slogans yesterday in Charlottesville yesterday. This is the side that wants to take us back to the dark days of division, where white power and white supremacy reign and black lives don’t matter.

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