To the Editor:

I attended last week’s interfaith rally in the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy, and was greatly moved by the comments of the clergy, and especially by the heavenly voice of Adrienne Reedy.

But I was saddened that at no point during the event, including in remarks by three public officials, neither the words, “The President” nor “Donald Trump” were uttered. Someone vaguely referred to “the top of our government.”

I’m sure the argument is that this was an “apolitical” gathering. But the fact is that Charlottesville is not simply about Neo-Nazis and the murder they committed. It is about our President’s equivocation in the face of that evil. There is a man in the White House—call him a Republican or disavow him as some Republicans have, no matter—who is doing grievous harm to this country and especially to its race relations. If we’re going to sing and cry about the tragedy of Charlottesville we sure as hell ought to identify the one who made it doubly tragic.

Bob Carney

3 replies on “Letter: Where Was Mention of President at Interfaith Gathering?”

  1. I completely agree and glad you are speaking out. Not only did he upset the majority of the country with his statements, he inspired more members to join these despicable hate groups because they used his statements in their marketing efforts. It is truly sad that this man is leading our country.

  2. Here is a case that might be interesting to legal scholars out there. Basically, it clarifies the reasons why we need to be careful ‘condemning’ opinions that differ from our own. I’m glad to see Pelosi and Feinstein have serious reservations with Antifa violence that trumps their opinion of the events at Charlottsville.

    We also need to be mindful that immediate condemnation of any event or ‘side’ contributes to polarization and makes it harder to find compromise. Let’s be more measured, avoid bullying and listen.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandenburg_v._Ohio

  3. I too attended the event and was very impressed with the overall theme/message and the speakers. However, like so many other elected officials the local representatives should have called out the president by name and they failed to do so. Condemning Nazis is very simple – condemning someone who supports Nazis should be even simpler to do!

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