"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?" -Rabbi Hillel
Whether it is a rabbinic precept, or the Christian ideal of the Golden Rule, religious communities have a particular responsibility to provide leadership and support for social justice causes. People of faith must respond to and reject intolerance and bigotry. Across the nation, people from many faith traditions are doing just that. They are forming partnerships with different congregations; they are engaging in interracial and interreligious dialogues; and they are taking public stands against racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia.
The following are examples of successful faith-based organizing against intolerance in the South:
Alabama Christian Faith Alliance:If you know of other models of faith-based organizing against intolerance that should be added to this list, click here.
Faith Cumberland Presbyterian Church:
Black-White Clergy Dialogue:
Baton Rouge, LA
Texas Faith Network: