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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: August 16, 2017 09:44 AM
From: Senator Daylin Leach
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution Condemning White Supremacy & Neo-Nazism
Soon I will be introducing a resolution addressing the rising tide of white supremacy in the United States. The horrific events in Charlottesville could happen anywhere, even in Pennsylvania. This resolution will put the Pennsylvania Senate on record standing against bigotry, violence, and the warped philosophy of neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

I have written this resolution narrowly so as to make it non-controversial and to address the pure, unambiguous evil that we've seen unfold on our streets recently. The resolution also respects the First Amendment rights of even the most vile and loathsome speakers to express their views. While those rights are recognized, we acknowledge that we, as a body, have a right to express our views on the matter.

Some may wonder why it's important for us to take such a seemingly non-controversial step. I would remind everyone of a timeless moral law that applied during the Holocaust and is just as relevant now: the hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of moral crisis preserve their neutrality.

This resolution will do the following:

1) Express that it is the sense of the Senate that groups or organizations which espouse bigotry, violence and the dehumanization of people based upon their race, religion, or ethnicity are antithetical to all that America stands for.

2) Express that it is the sense of the Senate that organizations which call for, urge, or condone violence against any individual or group of people based upon their race, religion or ethnicity are terrorist organizations.

3) Express that the Senate stands in sharp disagreement with the dehumanization of any people based upon their race, religion or ethnicity.

Please join me in taking a stand against the menaces of white supremacy and neo-Nazism by co-sponsoring my resolution and supporting it on the Senate floor.

Introduced as SR200