Joining a nation in mourning over the massacre of 49 people at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub, more than 1,000 Vermonters on Monday marched quietly along Church Street through downtown Burlington.
The vigil organized by the Pride Center of Vermont began at the First Unitarian Univeralist Society and ended at City Hall Park, where Sen. Bernie Sanders urged the gathering to create “a nation based on love.”
“We know that one hateful person committed this terrible crime — not an entire people or an entire religion,” Sanders said. “To blame an entire religion for the acts of a single individual is bigotry, pure and simple. It is not what this country is about, and not what this city is about.
“Our job is not to allow politicians, Mr. Trump or anyone else, to divide us up by where our family came from, the color of our skin, our religion or our sexual orientation,” Sanders added.
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