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Hate not holy
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Man prays at memorial of one of the Orlando victims.
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Man prays at memorial of one of the Orlando victims.

I worshiped in Charleston, S.C., where a year ago an act of domestic terrorism took the lives of nine people attending Bible study. Just one year later we are mourning an attack at an Orlando night club where 50 Americans have been killed. Such mass killings are made too easy by the prevalence of assault weapons in our nation, and gun safety laws that differ from community to community.

In Charleston, a white Christian, fueled by racism, murdered African-Americans. In Orlando, reports suggest a man inspired by Islamic terrorism targeted gay Americans.

There is nothing holy about hate. Our religious bodies must do more to promote love over conflict, and faith communities and civil bodies must join forces to dramatically reduce gun violence.

We must mourn our dead while working for a more peaceful America. Americans should not have to fear violence in our schools, houses of worship, malls, nightclubs or movie theaters.

Rev. Chuck Currie

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