Atlantic Institute's Statement on Mass Shooting in New Zealand
The Atlantic Institute of Jacksonville condemns the act of violence committed at two Mosques in New Zealand. We are horrified that so many people could be killed while peacefully praying at their place of worship. Our hearts and prayers go to the families and friends of those affected by this terrorist act. An attack on any house of worship is an attack on the freedom of religion and there is no place for this violence in any society. We call on the interfaith community to support and love people of all faiths and stand by them in this time of tragedy.
Atlantic Institute's Statement on Mass Shooting in Pittsburgh Synagogue
Our hearts are shattered by the attack on Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Pittsburgh today, where a man murdered at least 11 people and injured more in an act of religiously motivated violence. We grieve with the people of this congregation, and stand with our Jewish friends and neighbors in Jacksonville and around the world.
As an Interfaith community, we call on people of faith to take concrete actions to confront the scourges of anti-semitism and gun violence, which inflict hatred and death on our neighbors. No person should feel unsafe in their place of worship, or school, or grocery store. An attack on one house of worship is an attack on all houses of worship.
We are better together, as a people of diverse culture and religion. We call on our elected officials and all people of good conscience to rise to this higher standard of what America can be and to forsake any rhetoric which incites anti-semitism and bigotry of any form.”
October, 28 2018
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