We morn yet again the murder of innocent worshipers in our loved nation, land of the free, in which freedom of religion is a constitutional right.
I write this personal opinion piece as a leader in Northeast Tennessee’s Cooperation Circle of the United Religions Initiative (URI), an international interfaith group whose mission is to encourage peace among peoples of faith.
Ethics teaches us that people will do whatever a society will bear. Southern Poverty Law Center’s map of hate groups in Tennessee, and in other states, is worth an online search to see just how much hate we tolerate as Tennesseans and American citizens.
The killings we keep witnessing in America are symptoms of a culture that has become too tolerant of hatred. We as a society must end that tolerance and confront the conditions that make repeated acts of deranged violence possible.
As people of faith we believe in the power of love to overcome fear and hate in the hearts of the people, and that gives me hope.
-Rev. Jacqueline Luck
P.O. Box 8383
Johnson City, TN