Summit Daily letters: We mourn with our Muslim community

We mourn with our Muslim community

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn with the Muslim community in Summit County, in Christchurch, and around the world in the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attack committed once again this past week. Any murder fueled by hate is abhorrent, but there is something especially gut-wrenching about a mass killing of people in worship. A mosque, like any house of prayer, is a sacred place where people go to bear their soul to God and one another.

We mourn for each life lost in this attack and in every senseless act of violence. And while we mourn, we ask, “when will this end?” Whether it happens in a church in Charleston, a synagogue in Pittsburg, a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, a mosque in Quebec, or a march in Charlottesville, when will we say, “no more violence, no more killing, no more death?”

Will we say that the time is NOW? Will we stand in firm opposition to the Islamophobia, to the anti-Semitism, to the white nationalism, the racism, sexism, gender discrimination, to all the kinds of hatred and violence that seem so pervasive in our world today. Will we reach out to one another and at least say, “not here, not in Summit County?”

This past year Summit Colorado Interfaith Council launched an effort called “Hate Has No Home Here”. Now your Interfaith Council invites you to join with us as we gather this coming Friday, March 22, at 1:15 p.m. at Lord of the Mountains Church in Dillon (Highway 6 and Evergreen Drive), to witness our solidarity with our Muslim community. We hope we can surround our Muslim friends with love and a sense of solidarity, and assure them that here they can find safety and value as they work and worship in this community.

Salaam alaikum

Peace be unto you

Summit Colorado Interfaith Council

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