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Cultural Crossroads supports the full exercise of religious liberty for all and is opposed to any limitation on immigration based upon religious restrictions. The United States was founded on the basis of freedom, and religious liberty is one of the most basic of those freedoms.  Any classification or treatment of citizens or immigrants based upon religion is counter to the very ideals of America and what America stands for. If America loses our unique position in the world as the bastion of religious liberty, it will not only destroy the American dream, it will destroy the preeminent position of the United States in the eys of the world....and history. Dated January 29, 2017 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FRIENDSHIP FAIR: October 8, 2016 Cultural Crossroads hosted a multicultural event with over 20 nonprofits organizations joining to teach about those in our community.  Read about it in the article at http://www.kcinterfaith.org/friendship-fair-travels-the-world-in-an-afternoon See photos (and post photos) on our Facebook page.


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“…the right of the people peaceably to assemble…” This   year   has   seen   numerous   rallies   and   marches,   most   of   them   promoting   a   positive   agenda in   favor   of   women,   minorities,   the   environment   and   education.      Although   Cultural   Crossroads does   not   take   a   position   on   political   issues,   some   of   our   directors   and   supporters   have   been involved   in   these   positively-oriented   events.      Unfortunately,   Cultural   Crossroads   is   unable   to support   a      rally   which   is   planned   for   June   10,   2017   in   many   cities,   including   Kansas   City,   and must   take   a   stand   against   the   avowed   purpose   of   this   particular   gathering.         The   rally   in question   (the   so-called   “March      Against   Sharia”)   does   not   promote   any   positive   agenda   or advocate   any   positive   change   for   our   society.         The   sponsoring   organization,   ACT   for   America,     calls   itself   “the   NRA   of   national   security”   and   uses   language   of   mobilization,   saying   they   are “fighting   for”   national   security.         ACT   (the   website,   ironically,   says   the   acronym   stands   for “American   Congress   for   Truth”)   is   admittedly   an   anti-Muslim   group   and   is   listed   as   a   “hate group”   by   the   Southern   Poverty   Law   Center.            Various   far-right   and   alt-right   “militia   groups”   will be   “providing   security”   according   to   the   event   website.         As   a   champion   of   all   cultural   and religious   heritage,   Cultural   Crossroads   laments   the   spewing   of   hate   speech   and,   thus,   cannot support the ACT event.   This   statement   is   addressed   to   the   organizers   of   the   “March”   as   well   as   to   those   plan   a   counter protest   and   all   who   support   either   side.         Although   we   cannot   support   the   message   of   the “March”   as   planned   for   June   10,   we   request   all   parties   to   remember   the   “peaceable   assembly” guaranteed by the First Amendment. Our   First   Amendment   guarantee   of   Freedom   of   Speech   and   Freedom   of   Assembly   are   among the   most   cherished   American   freedoms   and   it   is   not   our   intent   here   to   attempt,   in   any   way,   to detract   from   anyone’s   ability   to   speak   out   and   to   meet   in   peaceable    assembly.         We   are concerned,   however,   whenever   an   assembly   is   self-described   as   targeting   a   particular   ethnic, cultural   or   religious   minority.      We   are   particularly   concerned   when   private   “militias”   act   as “security”   in   any   public   arena.      ( NOTE:   While   the   Second   Amendment   does   mention   a   “well regulated   militia”   as   part   of   the   definition   of   rights,   there   are   contradictory   interpretations   of   that term.         We   posit   that   the   constitutional   phrase   does   not   include   groups   similar   to   those   who plan to “provide security” during the proposed event.) We   call   upon   all   those   who   gather,   whether   in   support   of   the   so-called   “March”   or   those   who counter   the   display   of   hatred,   ignorance   and   bigotry,   to   remember   that   “peaceable   assembly”   is not   only   what   is   protected   under   the   First   Amendment   –   it   is   the   bedrock   of   the   Bill   of   Rights.     Peaceable    assembly   guarantees   that   all   may   gather   and   all   may   speak   and   all   may   be   heard.     Cultural   Crossroads   urges   all   citizens   to   take   advantage   of   those   rights   –   but   cautions   all citizens to refrain from violence in order to allow those rights for all citizens. 30 May 2017
A Call for an End to Hatred Cultural   Crossroads   expresses   deep   sorrow   at   recent   instances   of   hate   violence   in   our   midst. These   past   few   days   have   seen   several   incidents   of   ethnic   and   religious   hatred   in   the   heart   of the   Midwest,   from   desecration   of   a   Jewish   cemetery   in   the   St.   Louis,   MO,   area   to   murder   and attempted murder in Olathe, KS. The   desecration   of   the   cemetery,   occurring   with   a   background   of   threats   to   Jewish   community organizations   around   the   country,   is   acknowledg ed   as   hate   violence.   Although   authorities   are, so   far,   hesitate   to   label   the   Olathe,   Kansas,   incident   as   a   "hate   crime”   (under   all   the   specificities of   that   designation),   witnesses   of   that   event   report   ethnic   slurs   were   directed   at   two   men   from India prior to the violence. We   extend   our   most   profound   sympathies   to   the   victims,   their   families   and   communities....and   to our entire community, which is lessened by such acts of hatred. Hatred   and   hate   violence   are   too   evident   in   our   society   and   are   the   result   of   a   mindset   that divides   people   and   holds   some   segments   of   our   community   to   be   "superior"   to   others.   No population   is   “superior”   to   any   other   population   –   and   those   who   condone   and   cause   violence, by definition, contradict any notion of “superiority.” In   each   case,   we   do   find   hope   from   the   courage   of   those   who   stand   against   such   violence.   We are   amazed   at   the   selfless   courage   of   a   bystander   in   Olathe,   who   himself   became   a   shooting victim   as   he   tried   to   stop   the   assailant,   and   we   are   warmed   by   the   outpouring   of   support   from the   Muslim   community,   which   raised   tens   of   thousands   of   dollars   to   repair   the   Jewish   cemetery. At the same time, we are distressed that such actions are necessary. Cultural   Crossroads   works   to   promote   the   idea   of   equality   of   people   of   all   cultures   and   the mutual   respect   that   provides   a   peaceful   society.   We   call   on   all   people,   of   all   cultures   and   life philosophies,   to   remove   concepts   of   “superiority”   and   “otherness”   from   our   vocabularies   and   to replace them with the concepts of “equality” and “humankind.” We can be better than this – we must be better than this. Dated: February 23, 2017
THERE IS NO ROOM FOR HATE To oppose hatred and violence is not making a political statement – it is taking a moral position. To refrain from calling out hatred and violence is to implicitly condone hatred and violence. Cultural Crossroads specifically calls out and disapproves of racism, hatred, and violence.   We also call upon our leaders to take a moral position and to disavow such acts. What we have seen in Virginia is hatred, not politics.   Statements like “Jews will not replace us” are designed solely to enflame fear and hatred and to separate Americans into armed camps.  Employing words and symbols from the 1930s is a deliberate attempt to recreate the fear that led to war and genocide.    In those days of nearly a century ago, the United States stood proud against genocide  and led the free world to oppose the tyranny of hate --- are we now, in less than 100 years, to find ourselves destroyed from within by those same forces?  We call upon all people to back away from hatred, from violence, from condemnation of the “other” –and, most of all, from the Fear that reduces thought to unthinking reaction. The United States is better than this!   We are all better than this!  Disagree on principle; argue your side of an issue; debate what is best for our society – but use your mind, not your fists.  Remember that this society is not simply one country among many in the world – the USA has, from the beginning, been formed from ideals, not just a collection of historical events.   This is our heritage and this is what the US has to offer the world – hope, unity, a future for all.   Do not let hatred destroy it. 12 August 2017