Dear Brothers in Christ:
The undersigned Christians, Jews and Muslims call upon you to focus the teaching of our faiths upon the proposal to build a Formosa plastic plant on the West Bank of the parish.
We are leaders in the Justice and Beyond Coalition and other groups in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and River Parishes.
That plant would spew millions of pounds of toxic life threatening chemicals on fellow Christians, humans, and our natural environment in St James and into the air and water to be transmitted around the world.
Psalms 24 (NIV): "The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world and all who live in it...Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?...The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god."
It is imperative that the leaders of Sacred Heart Parish embrace these words of David to speak to the Parish Council and ask them to part from the wickedness and idolatry of those like Formosa that destroy the earth.
For too long Christians have looked away from our teachings and have wrapped ourselves in the worship of construction dollars and the promise of jobs.
Christians have too long agreed to place these life killing chemicals in Black, people of people color and poor neighborhoods with soothing words to whites, "it won't reach us" or "the worst will be on the Blacks. The earth is in crisis and is at the tipping point where humans, whites and people of color, will not be able to live on this planet.
The question is when will Christians become our brothers' keepers? When will God's Church speak out to men, women, and children that the wages of sin is death, not just for Blacks, but for all people? When will we become good Samaritans?
We will stand before the Parish Council today (Wednesday Dec 19) in the evening. We ask that you join us. We ask that you join in prayer with Parish President Timothy Roussel to ask God's blessing on him and others as they make a life/death decision that will impact our children and all God's children forever.
Father Vincent Dufrene
Father Alec Sheldon
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Mr. Timothy Roussel, President
St. James Parish Council
Convent , La
Religious and Community Leaders
Mr. Milton A. Cayette, Jr.; Ms Shamell Lavigne; Ms Chastity White; Rev. Harry Joseph; Rev. Gregory Manning (Co-Moderator Justice and Beyond); Rev. William Barnwell; Rev. Richard Bell; Ms Sharon Lavigne (Rise St. James); Mr. Darryl Malek-Wiley; Sylvia McKennnzie (Co-Moderator of Justice and Beyond); Mr. Pat Bryant; Mr. Michael McCalahan (President of Louisiana Conference of Branches of the NAACP); Mr. Jawad Shakir; Renate Heurich;