Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement about the mass shooting on Lunar New Year in Monterey Park, Calif.:
“Americans United is heartbroken and outraged at the mass shooting that marred the Lunar New Year celebrations in Monterey Park, Calif. While a motive has not yet been announced, this weekend’s shooting comes at a time when extremist violence and hate are increasingly directed at Asian people, as well as other people of color and minority communities. There can be no freedom for any of us in America until we are all free to come together and celebrate our holidays without fear that we will be harmed because of who we are, what we look like or what religion we practice.
“Every day, Americans United works toward a world in which we all can live as ourselves and believe as we choose. Violence has no place in that world. Americans United pledges solidarity with the Asian community of Monterey Park.”
Americans United is a religious freedom advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, AU educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.
Associate Vice President of Communications