Hundreds in Albany take a stand against hate

February 02, 2017 11:41 PM

ALBANY -  The Bible directs Catholics to "love thy neighbor."

"Today we are all Jewish," proclaimed Walter Ayres, director of the Roman Catholic Diocese Peace & Justice Commission.

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The Quar'an asks Muslims to treat people kindly.

"All the crazy stuff that's going on in the world right now we really need to know that we're all human and we need to show solidarity for each other," Sanarr Ismail said.

Truth, justice and peace are all values outlined in the Torah.

"The Jews need and not just the Jews but Muslims, Hindi, everyone they should be safe and JCC is a good place and we don't want it to go," Simon Carey added.

Two bomb threats in as many weeks prompted this interfaith vigil.

"We have to think about our young children," Albany Mayor, Kathy Sheehan said over a loudspeaker.

"You shouldn't separate people because of their religion," another young girl said.

Regardless of faith and race, hundreds of all ages descended upon the JCC to unite against anti-Semitism. 

Rabbi Deb Gordon says the whole thing was organized in just 36 hours.

"We've seen this before we know that this too will pass but not without standing up and doing something about it and that's why were here," Gordon explained.

So no matter their place of worship, these people agree, hate has no home in Albany.

"We can't stop hate with hate we need to stop hate with love," Ismail said.

Albany Police estimate 350-400 people attended the event.


Karen Tararache

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