Celebrating the Blessing of Religious Freedom
David A. Harris
Executive Director, American Jewish Committee
Week of December 23, 2008
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This is a special week.
For Christians, there’s Christmas.
For Jews, there’s Chanukah.
For all, there are blessings.
The blessing of religious freedom.
We’re free to worship, or not, as we choose.
The blessing of mutual respect.
We’re of many faiths, but one nation.
At AJC, for more than a century, we’ve fought to defend religious freedom for all.
And we’ve helped foster mutual respect among religious faiths.
We believe that actions speak louder than words.
In New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina, AJC helped repair a damaged synagogue and the Catholic church across the street.
When arsonists set fire to an African American church in Georgia, AJC was there to help rebuild it.
And when a Greek Orthodox church was destroyed on 9/11, AJC offered assistance.
During this joyous holiday season, we affirm our respective faiths.
Let’s also remember, though, what unites us, starting with our common humanity.
This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.