Freedoms of expression, religion depends on truth and respect

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The Metropolitan Chicago Council of Religious Leaders condemns the anti-Catholic cartoons and inflammatory rhetoric that have erupted in our community in the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s decision on abortion in Dobbs v. . Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Regardless of our personal or political views on abortion, bigotry has no place in our community. There are over two million Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago. As a council comprised of nearly every faith tradition in Chicago, we cannot accept the demonization of any faith community.

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We live in a diverse community. Although our board members have profoundly different beliefs on fundamental issues, we agree on a broad set of binding values ​​and moral standards. We cannot live together as a community if we do not give others the same respect that we demand for ourselves. This respect includes the way we talk to each other, especially on the fundamental issues of life and death.

For decades, our council has spoken out against violence in our community. We also condemn incitement to violence. Words and pictures have power. We know that freedom of expression and religion depend on truth and respect. They are undermined by prejudice and violence. We urge everyone to exercise our cherished freedoms responsibly.

Let us rather continue to live according to truth and respect even if we differ.

Barbara Abrajano, President, Metropolitan Chicago Council of Religious Leaders

I renounce to be an electoral judge

In response to Diane Blaszczyk’s recent letter to the editor about being an election judge: I agree with your misery. I worked a number of elections and over time fewer people registered and fewer showed up.

I recently worked in Elmhurst for early voting and some workers did their job. But there was an older woman who always wore a hat and was hesitant to press the touchpad keys – and yes, we had to help her. Then, on Election Day, some of the named crew bailed out and replacements showed up. The problem was that a man was standing there and doing nothing.

For future elections, like in November this year, I plan to bail out. Being an electoral judge should be an honor and an opportunity to show your civic pride, but why show up only to be insulted by staff and/or voters, or face no-shows?

Richard J. White, Elmhurst

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