MHA Statement on the Greenville Arson

From the Mississippi Humanist Assocation

November 2nd, 2016

The Mississippi Humanist Association condemns the church burning in Greenville, Mississippi in the strongest possible terms. The Mississippi Humanist Association condemns any act such as this – an act designed to intimidate, to alienate, to strike fear into the worshipers at Hopewell Baptist Church, and the community at large, recalling the historical campaigns of arson and terror in Mississippi's past.

As the American Humanist Association has said, “Humanists are concerned for the well being of all, are committed to diversity, and respect those of differing yet humane views.”

The Mississippi Humanist Association calls on all our members and all Mississippians, not just to support the needs of the members of Hopewell Baptist, but to make Mississippi a place where hateful arsonists have no support, where they do not enjoy the silent consent of any Mississippian who would rather turn their head or remain a polite bystander to the hate and bigotry that allow acts like this. There is no doubt that Hopewell Baptist Church will rebuild. The outpouring of support from across the state and across the nation has already exceeded the modest requests of the church, proving what we humanists choose to believe - that human kindness can prevail.

- Mississippi Humanist Association