Action Alert: Tell Kentucky's Senator Williams to apologize for intolerant remarks

November 3, 2011
 
Namaste HAF Members and Supporters,
 
By now, most of you have heard of the outrageous remarks by Kentucky’s gubernatorial candidate and State Senate President David Williams (R-KY), who blatantly attacked the state’s Governor for participating in a Hindu ceremony. In case you missed it, Williams stated that as a Christian, he would not participate in Jewish, Muslim, or Hindu prayers, and hoped Hindus would open their eyes and “receive Jesus Christ as their personal savior.”
 
On Tuesday night, HAF released a statement condemning Williams’ intolerant and disrespectful comments. Unfortunately, Williams’ latest attempt to clarify his comments continues to reek of ignorance.
 
Now, we need you to act! In one minute you can send a message to Williams, informing him that his words are unacceptable and demanding an apology.  All you have to do is copy the pre-written message below and submit it via Williams’ campaign website at http://williamsfarmer.com/connect/.
 
Take action now. It only takes a minute.
 
Sincerely,
The HAF Team
 
Subject Line: Apologize for Intolerant Remarks
 
Pre-Written Message:
Dear Senator Williams,
 
I'm writing to express my disapproval and sincere disappointment at your intolerant and disrespectful remarks about Governor Beshear’s participation in the Hindu ground breaking ceremony and particularly at your comment suggesting that Hindus receive Christ “as their personal savior.”
 
First, your initial comments and subsequent attempt at clarification clearly indicate a lack of understanding and familiarity with Hindu tradition and belief. Gov. Beshear’s participation in the Hindu bhumi puja is a symbol of solidarity and friendship and is seen as a welcomed gesture by the Hindu American community. Far from being “idolaters,” Hindus believe the Divine is inherent in all living beings and manifests itself in various forms, thereby allowing one to worship the Divine in its countless manifestations. To equate this worship to “idolatry” - or the worship of false gods - is ignorant, offensive, and unacceptable. To this end, I would like to refer you to a brief Q&A booklet on Hinduism: http://www.hafsite.org/resources/q_a_booklet.
 
Secondly, as an elected representative, it is your responsibility to respect all citizens equally, regardless of their religion. The comments that you have made clearly indicate otherwise and signal an official endorsement of one religion over another.
 
Finally, I request you to make a public apology, not only to those Hindus who you have so blatantly disrespected, but to the countless Americans who value and understand the importance of diversity in our country.