Magazine article Anglican Journal

Honouring Our Baptismal Promises

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Honouring Our Baptismal Promises

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HERE COMES THE new year, full of possibilities and promise. At least, this is the view of some, for whom it brings visions of hope, a clean slate, a chance to start over. Maybe, just maybe, this year will be better.

And so the arrival of the new year is often celebrated in many parts of the world.

This year, however, is markedly different. A number of people around the world, particularly in the United States, will be greeting 2017 with a lot of trepidation.

The year 2016 hasn't quite ended as this is being written, but already a post-election hate crime wave is affecting many parts of the U.S. Sadly, this has spilled over to Canada. (See related story, p. 1.)

The election of Donald Trump as president has coincided with a spike in hate crimes in the U.S., at least 700 occurring in the post-election week alone. These outbreaks of violence and harassment have been directed at Muslims, Jews, immigrants, people of colour, women and LGBTQ (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, Queer)--people Trump himself disparaged during his racially charged, sexist and divisive campaign.

A particularly chilling video of Trump supporters lifting their hands in a Nazi salute and crying out, "Heil Trump" captured what Jewish organizations have described as a level of anti-Semitic hostility and nativism not seen in the U.S. in decades.

Trumps own actions as president-elect have only added to the rising insecurity and instability many Americans are facing.

It is deeply troubling that he has not bothered to call out his supporters who are inciting hatred and violence. He "disavowed" support for them and renounced racism, not of his own accord, but only upon prompting by media.

Trump's choice of advisers and policy makers--including his chief strategist, who has been accused of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, and his chief of staff, who has not ruled out creating a "Muslim registry"--has been worrisome, to say the least. …

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