Baltimore, Md., Jan 14, 2020 / 18:48 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore joined two U.S. senators and several religious leaders this week in calling for additional federal funding for security measures at religious sites in the U.S.
U.S. Senators Benjamin Cardin and Christopher Van Hollen, both Democrats from Maryland, joined Lori and a group of other faith leaders at a Jan. 13 press conference outside the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in Pikesville.
The senators have proposed to quadruple the funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program in next year's federal budget. This increase in funding would offer an additional $360 million per year to strengthen security measures for religious and non-profit institutions.
“I commend our Senate leaders for calling us together today to condemn these acts, but also to take concrete and necessary measures to do everything we can to protect the rights of all people,” Lori, according to the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
The proposal follows a rise in anti-Semitic violence throughout the country in recent months.