January 04, 2010

National Evangelical Latino Pastors Declare War Against Hate Crimes And Domestic Violence

Washington, DC - The National Coalition Of Latino Clergy And Christian Leaders is urging State Legislatures to develop and push legislation against Hate Crimes and Domestic Violence after CONLAMIC Executive Committee Members approved a resolution calling all Latino Evangelical Pentecostal and Christian Churches around the Country to advocate for stronger legislation and law enforcement against both social malices.

"Hate crimes and Domestic Violence have become a very serious problem that needs to be addressed immediately with further education, public policy and law enforcement actions," said Rev. Rivera, CONLAMIC Chairman of the Board of Directors

"We must take these issues seriously as a Nation and work to condem and stop the violence in our communities,"said Rev. Rivera.

Latino Pastors around the country are reporting an increase in hate crimes and domestic violence crimes due to various issues. According to CONLAMIC leaders, the economy, unemployment, racial animosity and immigration are main factors brought to our attention, which moves us to take this strong action.

"The Christian Church in America, cannot keep quite or look the other way, while our communities are torn apart because of hate and anger that develops into a social cancer that destroys fundamental principles of dignity and respect for human life, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or legal status," said Rev. Rivera.

CONLAMIC's resolution calls for an amendment to the organization's core platform, to include Hate Crimes and Domestic Violence as issues of grave concern to the Christian Faith and its focused advocacy efforts.

During the CONLAMIC Annual General Conference this spring in Washington DC, Pastors and Bishops representing various ecclesiastical denominations will participate on various panels with behavioral experts and law enforcement representatives to inform and empower church lay leaders about both issues and develop an educational campaign among church members.

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