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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Quigley Attends Interfaith Gathering at Chicago Loop Synagogue

Feb 8, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), released the following statement after joining interfaith community leaders at the Chicago Loop Synagogue in response to last week’s hate crime:

“This past Friday night, during Shabbat, the oldest synagogue in downtown Chicago was the site of a cowardly and heartbreaking attack—resulting in smashed windows, swastikas on the front door, and emotional trauma that comes from such horrific anti-Semitic vandalism. Unfortunately, this attack will be added to the growing list of hate crime incidences across our nation.

“Today, I visited the Chicago Loop Synagogue for an interfaith gathering where Jews, Muslims and Christians joined together to show our unyielding support for the congregants directly affected by this hate crime. However, hate crimes like this one affect all Americans spanning every religion, every region, and every walk of life. Every person in Chicago and elsewhere deserves the opportunity—and has the constitutional right—to worship how and where he or she chooses without fear.

“In Congress, I will continue my efforts to combat hate and discrimination wherever it exists. True freedom, justice, and equality for all requires persistent vigilance; and regrettably, much more work remains to eradicate the prejudices that jeopardize our safety and undermine our values.”