After writing an article for the Naples Daily News about the recent PFLAG Interfaith Convocation that she had helped organize, PFLAG Naples member Ruth Dorfman [pictured, left] awoke last Tuesday to find two swastikas painted on her garage. No one has been arrested for the hate crime, and police are still investigating.
A candlelight vigil held Sunday night in Naples helped to shine the spotlight on the need for tolerance and to show support for Ruth. Some of the more than 100 people who gathered shared prayers, poetry, and quotes with the group. Since a story was published about the incident last week, the Naples Daily News has been flooded with letters of support for Ruth, even many from people who identified as anti-gay were angered by the vandalism. While some do not believe in her message, many agree that she has the right to be heard and to be free from fear.
Hopefully this can act as a uniting force to bring together people of differing views who can agree that vandalism is not the way to solve difference and instead that it is time to create a dialogue that will prevent this from happening in the future.
To read more about the candlelight vigil, view the Naples Daily News article here