To the people of the State of Georgia:
At the funeral of President George H.W. Bush, former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson said that former president Bush was a man without hate. Then he said something profound: "Hatred corrodes the container it is carried in". Truer words have never been spoken.
Hate not only corrodes, but destroys everything it touches. It is the poison which spreads like wildfire and lays waste to everything in its wake. It divides and dissolves our nation into polar opposites. Hate harms all people of all colors, political persuasions and ages. This is not a partisan issue, it is a human one. The undersigned are members of both parties, united in a belief we can do better.
The General Assembly has a Hate Crimes Act pending before it for consideration. HB 426 has passed the House of Representatives and is pending in the Georgia Senate. We urge the passage of the bill so Georgia will leave the minority of five states which does not have a hate crimes law, and joins the great majority of states which have taken a stand against hate. We urge the Georgia Senate to pass the bill without amendment and send it to Governor Kemp for approval.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice". It is time we help bend that arc further toward its destination.
-- Thurbert Baker, former attorney general for Georgia
-- Roy E. Barnes, former governor of Georgia
-- Casey Cagle, former lieutenant governor of Georgia
-- Max Cleland, former member of the U.S. Senate
-- George W. Darden III, former member of Congress
-- Nathan Deal, former governor of Georgia
-- Shirley Franklin, former mayor of Atlanta
-- Johnny Isakson, former member of the U.S. Senate
-- Sam Nunn, former member of the U.S. Senate
-- Sam Olens, former attorney general for Georgia
-- Dan Ponder, former member of the Georgia House of Representatives
-- Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations
-- Wendell Willard, former member of the Georgia House of Representatives