Following the shooting at the Chabad of Poway in California, Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, released the following statement expressing condolences for the victims and condemning the hate-motivated violence spurred the attack:
“My heart breaks for the Chabad synagogue in Poway, California, and especially for the victims of the assassin. My resolve to work against the forces of anti-Semitism and hatred was only been strengthened today.
“Just last week my family, friend and I discussed a claim recited each Passover Seder: in every generation, someone arises to destroy us. How I wish I had some indication that we could remove that cynical assertion from our liturgy! A mere six months to the day after the hate-fueled massacre at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, another violent anti-Semitic individual arose, murdering an innocent worshipper and injuring three others.
“Mosques, churches, synagogues and other houses of prayer and compassion should be places of safety and hope. Instead, they are targeted by angry and violent people with easy access to weapons. Those motivated to violence by hatred are encouraged in the echo chambers of the dark web and granted implicit permission in the halls of power by the denigration and scapegoating of minorities and political opponents.”
Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.