About 50 Mt. Lebanon, PA., residents gathered Saturday afternoon for a photograph and to send a message: diversity makes our community stronger.
We do not see ourselves as Muslims, Jews or Christians, but, rather, as good people.
We appreciate our ancestries that can be traced to South Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Asia, but we say proudly that those geographic disparities are celebrated and honored.
We have each other’s back, to borrow a cliche, and we will not tolerate any hateful word or action directed at any of us.
The photo above includes parents who have known each other for years (and some we met just today). It includes kids who have known each other since they were in diapers; those kids are now in high school, middle school and elementary school. They have played sports together, done Scouts together, enjoyed more video games than can be counted, goofed off together. They will have many years of friendship together.
The parents have cooked meals for many of those kids. We’ve hosted sleepovers. We’ve hosted cookouts.
We invite everyone.
So, you may foster hate if you wish, but you won’t find a receptive audience for your filth here.