No Room for Hate on Long Island Interfaith Rally!

January 5, 2012

Glen Cove – New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine joined with local interfaith religious leaders at the home of Burton Radish to strongly denounce the recent hate crime that took place in Plainview. The gathering of leaders from across the religious spectrum represents the cohesive diversity of Nassau County and the unity of the religious community in decrying this heinous attack. A large menorah that has sat outside Mr. Radish’s house each year during the Chanukah season was destroyed by vandals in the middle of the night.

“This desecration of a religious symbol under the cover of darkness is a cowardly act,” said Assemblyman Lavine. “An attack on any religion is an attack against every religion. Prejudice is un-American and must neither be tolerated nor enabled.”

“There is and must be zero tolerance for intolerance and hate,” said Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs.

“Desecration is an act that greatly saddens me,” said Reverend Monsignor Domenick Grazidio of St. Pius X Parish of Plainview. “I am disturbed by that fact that in the 21st century, there are still those who engage in these despicable acts of hate.”

“The Muslim Community of Long Island and the Islamic Center of Long Island strongly condemn acts of hatred towards members of all religious and ethnic communities,” said Isma H. Chaudhry, Vice Chair of the Islamic Center of Long Island. “We stand together with our neighbors and friends to built a strong wall against bias and hate crimes.”

“The Holocaust should teach us that we must stand together against vandalism or we will face far worse acts of bigotry and violence," said Rev. Thomas W. Goodhue, Executive Director of the Long Island Council of Churches.

“I know that many share my prayer that peace on earth and good will toward all be the values we cherish daily and not just part of a season that begins and ends,” said Rabbi Rafi Rank, spiritual leader of the Midway Jewish Center. “Our community is richer for its diversity. That ethnic and faith communities live side by side is an aspect of the American dream we all cherish. We cherish it because in interacting with each other, learning about each other, appreciating each other, we strengthen each other. When people don’t get that, we are duty-bound to remind them why America is the great nation it is. It is a great nation, and we will not permit the ignorance of a few to tarnish the dream of the many.”

Rabbi Rank added: “Burt’s hanukkiyah may have been put out this year, but I suspect that next year, a new one will take its place and burn even brighter with its universal message that people of faith would rather light a candle than curse the darkness.”

Police are asking that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS