Miami-Dade (Florida) County Commissioner Javier Souto recently sent a holiday note to his constituents urging them to have a safe, happy winter.
At least that’s what he should have done. Instead, Souto sent everybody a note celebrating “the birth of our King, Jesus, the Son of God.”
Turns out the letter wasn’t celebrated by the Jews in his district.
Joan Schaeffer, who is Jewish and a longtime homeowner in Souto’s district, said the commissioner’s letter left her in tears. “I was very angry. And I cried,” said Schaeffer, a semi-retired social worker and former volunteer president of Temple Israel of Greater Miami. “I just feel so sad that somebody who supposedly represents me would do something that hurtful to my and my people.”
But it’s baffling that people like Souto don’t have the self-awareness to realize a letter sent to constituents on county stationery isn’t the place to proselytize.
(Screenshot via YouTube. Thanks to Brian for the link)