Kramer: If We Can’t Love Each Other, We Must Tolerate Each Other

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Township Councilwoman Roz Sherman lowers the municipal complex’s American flag as Mayor Phillip Kramer looks on.

Township officials and staff were on hand June 17 to witness the lowering of the American flag to half-staff, in memory of the victims of the Orlando mass shooting.

Mayor Phillip Kramer, Township Councilwoman Roz Sherman (D-Ward 2) and Township Councilman Charles Onyejiaka (D-Ward 3) were joined by township manager Robert Vornlocker and several residents for the short ceremony.

“This was the largest shooting, if you measure it by the number of people killed, in American history from a terrorist attack,” Kramer said. “Clearly it was an action of hate.”

“We need not only to love each other, but if you can’t do that, to tolerate each other,” he said.

“As all of us in some way are in some minority and we want to be accepted, we need to learn to accept other minorities,” he said. “I’m always astounded when someone in one minority group says something inappropiate about another minority group, without thinking that this can affect them just as easily as it can affect another.”

Gov. Chris Christie on June 16 directed that all flags on state and municipal property be lowered to half staff.


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