The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, issued this statement in response to the recent Syrian refugee backlash:
"After the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, I had hoped that our elected leaders would act with love and courage for all victims of terrorism. But unfortunately, they have not.
I am dismayed that over 30 U.S. governors have publicly proclaimed that they will not admit Syrian refugees into their states. And now, today, the House of Representatives will vote on a bill to hinder the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the United States. These are cowardly and fearful acts.
Syrian refugee families fled their homes to escape the terror of both the Bashar al Assad regime and the ISIS militants. After their harrowing escapes into safer territories, these families are now facing more persecution and suffering as our nation turns its back on them and their plight. It is unconscionable.
We must not face terrorism with fear; love is the only thing that I know that can truly conquer hate. I call on our elected officials to lead on the side of love for refugees."