Local religious leaders unite to fight hate speech

Jim Melwert
October 30, 2018 - 6:10 pm

Jim Melwert | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In light of recent headlines, some state, local, and religious leaders gathered outside the Montgomery County Courthouse Tuesday to stand together against hate speech.

The event was dubbed, An Appeal for Healing and Solidarity.

Val Arkoosh, Montgomery County Commissioner, said the gathering is not about politics.

“This is not about politics, this is not about religion, this about is about what draws us together in this country as Americans as human beings.”

Rabbi Greg Marx, of Congregation Beth Or on Welsh Road in Maple Glen, said we should all work on the path to healing.

“We are here not to curse the darkness, but we are here to find the light, the path towards kindness, towards understanding towards peace. Not to sew division and hate but to find a way out of this madness.”

County Commissioner Ken Lawrence says recent events make him realize campaign rhetoric may have real consequences.

“What I’ve learned from this is that words matter and my words matter. I can’t control what other people say or do, but I’m going to try to uphold that in my discourse.”