Taken aback by the spate of hate spewed online, especially regarding the July Boardwalk incident when 12 arrests were made, local religious leaders have signed an accord agreeing to take the fight for equality to their respective congregations.
“This is a fight we can bring into the light. Obviously, there are always going to be people who share negative comments — we can’t control that, but what we can do is address the issue,” Rev. Gregg Knepp, organizer of the signing at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Wednesday, said.
The feelings expressed in those comments, he continued, “are probably also felt by others — hopefully in not such an extreme manner — but we need to recognize that within our congregations and our community there are people who harbor prejudice. It’s part of the human condition, and it won’t go away by wishing — we need to confront it head on.