This is a day of grieving and of expressing our heartfelt condolences in the wake of a terrible hate crime committed in our nation. Innocent people gathering peacefully attending Shabbat have lost their lives at the hands of someone’s inexplicable anger and rage.
América’s places of worship, whether temples or synagogues, parishes or mosques ought to be our refuge of comfort, not places of threats and terror. These are our sacred spaces in América where we come together so that our spirits can be renewed and restored. Yet today, we witnessed that even here, there are those who with blind hatred seek to destroy one of the very cornerstones since our country’s founding, the freedom to worship freely and without fear.
América’s places of worship, whether temples or synagogues, parishes or mosques ought to be our refuge of comfort, not places of threats and terror.
Peaceful Americans deserve being able to close their eyes in prayer to God during worship service without the worry of a possible threat in their midst or one entering through their door. I call upon leaders of all faiths from all communities for a National Day of Peace from Violence — in words, actions and even our thoughts — to heal from the senseless hatred in our country today.
It is my heartfelt hope that we will come together in love to help the families from this tragedy and the loved ones of all other victims of gun violence across our great nation. May God Bless América.
Domingo García is the National President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
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