As our team arrive to assemble bagged lunches for the homeless on Sunday, they found hate speech flyers on our window and door at the Inclusive Life Center. One flyer covered our plaque on the door that reads: “No mater who you are, where you are from, who you love, or what you believe or do t believe you are beautiful, loved, and worthy”
For nearly 10 years we have shared a message of inclusivity, we have created spaces for others to gather in, and we have engaged in social justice and programs of outreach that look out for those that many call “the other.”
We reject what these flyers say and represent. The person(s) and/or group who is responsible: we reject your ideology and consider it illegitimate, hurtful, divisive, and not welcomed, and put you on notice that it will not be tolerated.
We stand firmly with individuals, couples, families, and communities that you target: people of color, people of various sexual orientations, various gender identities, and of other world religions.
We reaffirm that NO MATTER who you are, where you are from, who you love, what you believe or don’t believe; YOU ARE beautiful, loved, and worthy just as you are. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
-Chaplain Royal Carleton
Inclusive Life Center