06.26.18 Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter Addresses #Stand With Muslims Event

06.26.18 Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter Addresses #Stand With Muslims Event


Next up is Reverend Daniel Kanter the
senior minister and CEO of First Unitarian Church of Dallas. Thank you.
Thank you, I’m here tonight from faith forward Dallas at Thanksgiving Square. Tonight we’re here to speak moral and faithful words to the politics of
division. We the members of faith forward Dallas at Thanksgiving square are here
first to say that we will not be divided. We will not back down in the face of
legalized discrimination by our government. As people of faith we are
appalled by actions by our elected officials and the highest appointed
court in the land to blatantly ban our Muslim brethren. Call it what you will,
this is institutionalizing racism and fear in our communities against a
diverse and peaceful people. The travel ban attempts to have us believe that
this is about security and safety, but we share the hope for safe and secure
communities and borders, too. But our government continues to politicize the
crossing of borders, demanding nationalism, not true patriotism. We are
the Patriots who believe freedom and prosperity for all people is the goal of
our country. We are the Patriots who say that when we
fail to live up to these ideals for all as we do in so many ways today, at our
borders and in our airports, and in the mean spirited message that we send to
the world that we will close our borders to some because of their form of worship
of God or where they live, that we are here to stand as witnesses to the
immorality and unpatriotic actions of our government. We are the Patriots who
together dissent as our right and our responsibility. We call upon all people
of faith, no matter what denomination within you reside or God you worship, to
speak out against hate and fear, to resist division and to know that our
country is not under threat. We are being asked to believe there is a threat, but
there is no threat from peaceful people who want to come here and live
peacefully in our land. Seeds of division shall only cause us to hate and fear
each other. We are a country of souls who seek together the pursuit of the same
things: safety, security, freedom, prosperity, and unity. We refuse to
demonize each other and call on people of faith and people of no
organized faith at all to look deeply into the Scriptures of their religions
and to the measures of their lives to see if it says that we should exclude,
that we should bar or ban each other, or rather does it say we must pursue
love and empathy at all cost. Friends in the words of Justice
Sotomayor today, she said the United States of America is built as a nation
built upon the promise of religious liberty. The court’s decision today fails
to safeguard that fundamental principle. May we the people tonight live up to the
fundamental principles of our land even as our government fails us and let
us be together resolute that we will join together in dissent against this
decision, and tonight we say in the words of the old hymn and the
psalmist that we shall not be moved.

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