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Letter: Moral courage

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Deseret News

Current protests in Charlottesville and Seattle remind me of Franklin Roosevelt. When faced with a crisis, he reminded us that "the presidency is an indispensable position of moral leadership." The fact is that any leader, in any position, should have the moral courage to speak out against bigotry, hatred, violence and discrimination. That includes the condemnation of the KKK, white supremacists, anti-Semitics and similar groups.

Our nation is rapidly being balkanized. It is the duty of our leaders in every field — clergy, business, government or education — to stand and speak firmly and clearly against any group that promotes hatred and division. If every leader made a declaration against these hate groups, it may be the first important step in healing our divisions. It may also promote cooperation, friendship and unity. Each person should take the lead from a former president and express indignation against hate groups in our nation — a synchronization of voices that may, in time, unify our people to work for the common good.

Donald Thomas