Metuchen Edison Area Interfaith Clergy Association Statement

God said, let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness (Genesis 1:26).

And of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the diversity of your languages and colors. In this are signs for those who know (Qur’an 30:22).

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that all are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. —That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed (the Declaration of Independence). 

We, the Metuchen Edison Area Interfaith Clergy Association, congratulate our newly-elected leaders including President-Elect Donald J. Trump and wish them only success.

In the wake of one of the most divisive election cycles in memory, we stand in need of healing and reassurance that this nation will continue to be a bastion of hope, a citadel of security, and a haven of opportunity for all who dwell within it. This need is most reasonable— we simply ask for that which has been the hallmark of the United States of America from the days of our Founding Fathers.

In light of this need, in knowing that all human beings are created by God and reflections of the divine, and in believing the words of the Declaration of Independence to be the truest of aspirations for the United States of America;

We express our deep concern at the rise in the wake of the election of acts of Islamophobia, antisemitism, prejudice, racism, and bigotry; of attacks against this nation’s visible minorities and immigrant populations; over the reality that so many children are coming home from school terrified of what fate may await them and their families over the days to come; and of fear among all those vulnerable who are now questioning whether they will continue to be legally protected.

We demand from our politicians, our newly-elected leadership, and particularly, President-Elect Trump, reassurance and action to safeguard the emotional, physical, and spiritual wellbeing of all of America’s people, regardless of immigration status, gender, color, accent, ability, belief, or socioeconomic standing. We need a guarantee that our new government will valiantly uphold its duty of securing all of our rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

We implore all to pray with their feet, their hands, their minds, and their mouths. Contact your politicians, letting them know that hate, whether encouraged or simply not stopped, cannot be tolerated, and that respect, if not occurring naturally, must be enforced legally.

We make known that while we work to bring safety and hope back to all of America’s people, in the meantime and always, we offer our places of worship as safe houses to all in need. Our churches, synagogues, temples and mosques will be sanctuaries for you, places for warmth, friendship, community, and support.

We pray that God bless this nation, its leaders, and its people, with strength, unity, blessing, and peace, and we commit to partnering with God to ensure fair treatment and respect.

We pledge to uphold this republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Signed,

The Metuchen Edison Area Interfaith Clergy Association

Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg, President

Rev. Anna Thomas, Vice President

Rev. Dr. Jim Miller, Assistant Secretary and Treasurer

Father Ed Zelley, Community Chair

Rev. Chuck Coblentz

Rev. Dr. Annari Griesel

Rev. Justin D. Karmann

Rev. Jill Hedlund Kitsko

Rabbi Bryan Kinzbrunner

Hazzan Sheldon Levin

Rev. Dr. Kenneth J. Macari

Rev. Mark McCreary

Rev. Dr. Ronald L. Owens

Cantor Aviva Marer

Rabbi Eric Rosin

Rabbi Ari Saks

Rev. Peter Sanfilippo

Rev. Amoon Sharon

Imam Nizam Ahmad Raouf Zaman

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David Vaisberg, originally from Montreal and Mississauga, Canada, serves as Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El of Edison, NJ and lives in Metuchen, NJ with his family.

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