A New Mennonite Disaster Service

November 20, 2016



During the recent presidential race, a kind of disaster occurred in the American social fabric. It feels that this election cycle was one of the most angry elections in decades. From voters and candidates, we heard appeals to violence, stories of sexual assault and sexual harassment, animosity toward immigrants, hostility toward Muslims, charges of email improprieties, accusations of tax cheating, and allegations of colluding with Russia. We were subjected to attacks on the foundations of American democracy, including efforts to suppress certain classes of voters, claims of election fraud, talk about jailing opponents, and threats to reject the final vote.

We’ve heard people say a lot of mean things about each other. While the election is over, the consequences of this mean speech will linger with us for a long time to come. The meanness has damaged many relationships.

Bible References

  • Colossians 1:11 - 20