The Interfaith Arkansas board of directors strongly supports the passage of the SB-3 hate crimes legislation.
Presently, Arkansas is one of only three states that have no hate crime legislation. Such an omission gives the impression that Arkansas is unwilling to protect some of its most vulnerable citizens —people who have been victimized because of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, or disability. The rise of hate crimes in the nation only enhances the necessity for Arkansas to take a positive stance on this issue. Not to do so is a sin of omission. Hate crimes intentionally send a message that minorities are unwelcome and unsafe.
We, as a coalition of interfaith voices and religious leaders, are organizing a sign-on letter to Gov. Hutchinson and members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to advocate for the passage of this legislation.
Click here to sign this letter in support of hate crimes legislation.
You are invited to sign and share this letter with your communities. Feel free to use this text for publication in your newspaper, blog, or online. Thank you for your efforts in making Arkansas a safe state for all persons.
Rev. Jason Smith
Chair, IA Board of Directors