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Religious leaders reject bigotry

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Dozens of Evansville area religious leaders have responded to the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Reverends Joseph Easley and Gerald Arnold, Chaplain Tamara Gieselman, and Rabbi Gary Mazo issued a statement on behalf of the leaders recognizing the “sacred worth of all people. “

The leaders say we should reject racism, bigotry, and hatred.

They say the recent events in Charlottesville and elsewhere remind us that racism is part of the dark underside of our national history and still impacts the fabric of our society.

The leaders also denounced violence in any form by any group, and reject suggestions of the moral equivalency of groups that promote white supremacy and hatred with those who oppose such values and protest against them.

The statement urges us to be enriched by our diversity, rather than divided by our differences.

The group also endorsed Evansville’s new motto, “E is for Everyone.”