Pearce Tefft of Fargo, N.D. and his family were shocked to learn that his son, Peter Tefft was in attendance at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
“I, along with all of his siblings and his entire family, wish to loudly repudiate my son’s vile, hateful and racist rhetoric and actions,” he explained. “We do not know specifically where he learned these beliefs. He did not learn them at home.”
Tefft explained that he has opened his home to people of all races just before stating that his son would no longer be welcome at family gatherings.
“I pray my prodigal son will renounce his hateful beliefs and return home,” he added. “Then and only then will I lay out the feast.”
Tefft also asked why the rest of his family should suffer for his son’s beliefs.
In closing, Tefft shared this final plea with his son:
He once joked, ‘The thing about us fascists is, it’s not that we don’t believe in freedom of speech. You can say whatever you want. We’ll just throw you in an oven.’
Peter, you will have to shovel our bodies into the oven, too. Please son, renounce the hate, accept and love all.