In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Christian-Buddhist-Jewish leaders have come out to the support of Hindus of Loudoun County (Virginia) who have reportedly experienced anti-Hindu vandalism in the last three months.
Reverend Richard L. Smith, a United Church of Christ pastor in Nevada, in a statement today, said: It is especially sad to see such expressions of hatred coming from the home state of Thomas Jefferson, who so ardently believed in religious liberty. We are all diminished by it, even as we are enriched by interfaith acceptance and cooperation.
Jikai’ Phil Bryan, well-known Buddhist leader, in a statement today, stressed: It is absolutely unbelievable and deeply saddening to note that something like this can happen in my country. All right thinking people should strongly condemn such behavior and come to the defense of our wonderful Hindu neighbors.
ElizaBeth W. Beyer, Jewish Rabbi in California and Nevada, in a statement today, pointed out: Vandalism against our peace-loving Hindu brothers and sisters in Ashburn, Virginia is incredibly thoughtless and un-American. Religion tells us to love and help our neighbors. We need to support the Hindu community of Virginia and stop the hate-filled graffiti.
Meanwhile, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, welcoming the support of these diverse religious leaders, in a statement in Nevada today, said that Hindu-American community was highly concerned about the reported anti-Hindu incidents in Loudoun County.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged other faith communities in Loudoun County to come forward to express their support to the Hindu neighbors and thus spread the message of peace, love and harmony at grassroots level.
Rajan Zed further said that Hindu-Americans, numbering about three million, were a very friendly community and had made lot of contributions in the nation building. Loudoun County should stand in solidarity with the Hindu brothers and sisters at such a time, Zed added.