Letter to the Editor: Sight of neo-Nazis at UVA appalling
I live just outside the town limits of Strasburg. Although I was born in Memphis, Tennessee, now 70 years ago and grew up in the mid-South, I came to school at the University of Virginia in 1965 over 50 years ago and have lived primarily in the valley of Virginia since 1987, over 30 years ago. I am a retired Christian pastor with 40 years of service as an ordained minister. I am a member of the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. I had the honor of being one of the few chosen out of hundreds to live on The Lawn of the University of Virginia my fourth year, 1968-69.
As a Christian I am opposed to violence and intolerance in our country whether from the left or the right. Such violence and hatred is antithetical to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
I would like to share with U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte that I was disgusted and appalled to see neo-Nazis marching and shouting Nazi slogans and bigoted racial chants on the grounds of UVA and then violently rioting in the streets of Charlottesville last Saturday morning, culminating in the death of Heather Heyer and injuries to nearly 20 others, many critically so.
President Trump is mistaken to state that there were “nice people” in this mob of hate and bigotry. They do not represent me as a southerner nor do they express my views regarding how one might choose to honor General Lee when they used this occasion to summon hate across the country and seek to sow seeds of ongoing division of our nation.
I expect Rep. Goodlatte to publicly denounce such violent, hateful and dangerous movements. I ask that he authorize the important committee he chairs in the House of Representatives to initiate formal investigations of the dangerous and frightening movements related to the rise of Neo Nazis in our country. I call upon him as a fellow American and my elected representative to do all that he can to oppose anyone, whatever their office or standing or party affiliation, who seeks to undermine or overthrow the freedoms we know in our country.
Rev. Dr. William Wade, Strasburg