Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) prepared the following statement concerning the Resolution of the Mayor and Common Council of the City of San Bernardino Condemning ALL Incidents of Hate and Supporting Efforts of the Human Relations Commission to Combat Prejudice in our Community.
"I agree that we should condemn all incidents of hate and combat prejudice in our communities, but I also think that this resolution should stay focused on the issue at hand, which was a crime committed on the Catholic church," said Congressman Baca. "Such a despicable act of violence against not only a place of worship but against the Catholic church demands a resolution of its own."
"I don't condone any form of violence in any instance and I agree that we should have a resolution denouncing such acts," continued Congressman Baca. "But this attack on the Catholic Church calls for a more drastic measure. We need to highlight this specific case, this specific crime."
"Again, while the resolution does touch on the hate crime committed at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral," said Congressman Baca, "I am very disappointed that this resolution does not stay focused on the crime committed to the Catholic Church. I think we need this resolution to focus on this crime because this kind of crime is despicable. If a swastika was drawn on a synagogue or the letters KKK were to be painted on an African American Baptist congregation we would definitely condemn that specific crime not because they are more important but because we have to spot light these crimes so that people are aware of what has occurred and to show solidarity that this type of crime will not be permissible in our community. This was a hate crime against a faith and the focus of the resolution should be on the specific hate crime committed on the Catholic Church."