Valley Interfaith Project (VIP) stands with the Metro Phoenix Jewish community in this time of grief and fear. We condemn the shooting that took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. In the aftermath of this tragedy, we urge our leaders to end the inflammatory rhetoric that has become the norm in political speech.
We are alarmed at the rise of anti-Semitism and violence in this country. Increasingly, people of faith are fearful to gather in their house of worship. It is unacceptable that what should be a sanctuary would become a place of fear. We see a direct line from the current public discourse to the violent actions against not only people of faith, but others in society as well….