Selectmen Respond to Swastika Painted on a Sign at the First Parish Church

Published January 31, 2001 | Select Board's Office | Automatically Archived on 2/7/2001

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The Board of Selectmen has been notified that a swastika was painted on a sign at the First Parish Church on Route 27. The Board unanimously condemns any act of hate against individuals, churches, schools and the community. Sudbury is a community that encourages diversity. Historically, had this nation not had opposing viewpoints, the Revolution may never have started. The Board considers this act shameful and cowardly and intend to fully cooperate with law enforcement officials to ensure every possible avenue is available in discovering those responsible and holding them accountable.

The Board supports the First Parish Church in this difficult time. We appreciate their feelings of vulnerability, fear and disappointment that they have been the unfortunate target of anger. This church has always maintained strong ties with the community and it is our intention to lend them the support to the extent that we are able.

The Town has begun a program called “No Place for Hate”, which is being administered by the Assistant Town Manager, Wayne Walker. This program was developed by the MMA and the Anti-Defamation League. The Board embraces the concept of the program, and details will be forthcoming.

Kirsten Roopenian
Sudbury Board of Selectmen

For more information click on the link below which is a Town Crier article dated January 31, 2001.