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Mass Shootings

After the March 15 attack on two New Zealand mosques that left 50 dead, I visited our local mosque and sat down with some of my Muslim neighbors as they processed their grief. It was a long overdue visit. […] Read More

U.S. states with higher levels of gun ownership and those with fewer restrictions have higher rates of mass shootings, research in a medical journal found. […] Read More

We all grieve the mass murder of 11 Jews at the Tree of Life synagogue, but are we, as Christians, willing to acknowledge our own history of complicity in the hatred of Jews, which has fueled this violence? […] Read More

The mass shooting during services at the Tree of Life synagogue confronts us with our complicity in failing to address the rise of anti-Semitism in our society. We must do better. […] Read More

Last week in America, our worst demons emerged from the shadows. Our inability to address our bigoted attitudes and policies fuels the flames of those seeking a scapegoat for their problems. We must appeal to our better angels. […] Read More

While news of reprehensible things still shocks and unsettles most of us, we are undergoing a public desensitization, which will result in our merely noting, not decrying and crying over, these awful things. Lord, have mercy. […] Read More

A majority (69 percent) of U.S. adults support stricter gun control legislation following the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research (AP-NORC) released on March 23. This is an 8-point increase from October 2017 and a 14-point increase from October 2013. By comparison, 22 percent […] Read More

Valentine’s Day was in full swing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Lunch had just ended with lovesick students saying goodbye to their Valentines as they left for afternoon classes. Little did they know, their lives were about to change. At 2:19 p.m. EST, Nikolas Cruz stepped out of his Uber car […] Read More

When a tragedy of human violence occurs, what is our general reaction? Revenge? Retaliation? Hatred? Do we seek to follow the teachings of the one we call Lord, or do we follow our own convictions in the name of self-protection and the old eye-for-an-eye narrative? Last Wednesday, we witnessed another heinous act of mass violence, […] Read More

I tried to keep from weeping the last time I went through an airport security check. I had to take my shoes off at the metal detector because one terrorist, a few years back, tried to light a fire on an airplane. As I walked through the airport that day, it had been four years […] Read More