It is with sadness and disbelief that we witnessed the hatred, terror, and intimidation of neo-nazis, racists and white supremacists demonstrating in Charlottesville this last weekend. There is no place for this kind of hatred and bigotry in our country, and they should not be given permits to gather in any city on American soil. There is no moral equivalency between neo-nazis and people protesting what they represent. The response of President Trump diminishes the presidency, himself and all Americans. We raise our voice unequivocally in support of all life and respect for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity or religion.
Abbot, Zen Master Robert Joshin Althouse
ZLMC Board of Directors - Sensei June Ryushin Tanoue, Mark Shishin Gelula, Diane Bejcek, Pat Teiko Farrell, Mike Fujii, Robert Demaree, Vivienne Lund, Susan Keijo Sensemann, and Barbara Ciancio