U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism and Intolerance, expressed deep condolences and called for tolerance and respect for all in the wake of the terrorist attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that left at least 49 people dead:
“We mourn the loss of 49 innocent worshipers who were tragically killed by terrorists driven by Islamophobia, racism, and xenophobia. We cannot let hate and violence continue to poison our world and must stand united against those who only wish to tear down and hurt others who are different. No one should ever fear for their life because of their faith. Compassion, freedom, and love for thy neighbor must win out over prejudice and xenophobia. We express our condolences to the people of New Zealand and are ready to assist in this time of need. We must stand together and show the world that the good and sacred in our communities will always be more powerful than fear and hate.”
In 2015, Senator Cardin was appointed to serve as the first Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism and Intolerance in the OSCE’s Parliamentary Assembly. In this role, as well as through his ongoing work in the U.S. Senate, Senator Cardin remains dedicating to combat hate, prejudice and discrimination worldwide.