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Injustice & Violence

 

Injustice, Racism and Violence of any form are condemned

We stand in unequivocal solidarity and peaceful protest with all those who condemn racism and inequality, which betray the spirit of freedom and human dignity in our nation, i.e.“one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.

All human beings are made in the image of God and are of equal value no matter where they were born and what the color of their skin might be. Racism destroys the soul of the racist and reduces the recipients of his/her hatred to less than human.

The unjust and unjustifiable death of any person whether black, brown or white, and especially when in the custody of those entrusted with the enforcement of Law and Order, is deplorable and leads to oppression.

At the same time, we denounce all expressions of violence and revenge, including those despoiling and detracting from peaceful demonstrations. Peaceful marches of protest are a distinctive hallmark of American freedom and their exploitation by anarchists is a desecration of our freedom.

Above all, let us heed to the call of St. Paul: “Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all … so far as it depends upon you, live peaceably with all” (Romans 12:17-18).

Click here to read the full statement by Assembly of Orthodox Bishops


The Case of the Injustice wrought upon Cyprus

The Destruction of a civilization and the people who offered this civilization to the World, while the civilized nations, who benefited from them, watched in apathy. 46 years later nothing has changed. Today Turkey, encouraged by the apathy of the West, threatens to do more harm again. The same barbarian behavior, which hurt innocent people in Cyprus in 1974, will do the same if it remains unchecked!

Turkish hatred manifested through war, violence and death.

Churches destroyed and left in ruins.

Cemeteries desecrated and crosses broken and thrown into a pile.