“In the May 1971 classic, What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye reminds us that “War is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate.” Learning to love requires that we see one another as human beings and that we are equally open to listening. We must learn to work collectively to denounce acts of domestic terror and hate towards our fellow brothers and sisters. When pain and brutality are inflicted against one, it is inflicted against all.
The terrorist attack at Orlando’s Pulse Night Club highlights the fact that ideological violence and hate speech are dangerous currents in American society. The many challenges the LGBTQ+ community faces reflect a sad history of racism, bigotry, sexism, and fascism towards minority groups that has gone largely unchecked in our society. As America increases in diversity, we must acknowledge the value in exercising peaceful dialogue to explore and learn about our differences.
In light of this terror and as the Director for the Center for Religion, Culture and Foreign Affairs, it is most imperative to implement preventative measures that promote peace and mutual understanding. We will continue to urgently tackle the nation’s most pressing dilemmas at the Center, including domestic terrorism, global racism, challenges to U.S. Foreign policy, and the devastating circumstances that led to this horrific tragedy.
May the victims of this tragic act rest in peace and may the families and communities find peace.”
– Darrell Ezell, Ph.D.
Program Director for M.A. in Interfaith Action
Director of Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Foreign Affairs
Here’s a link that lists on ways you can help and donate to the victims, families, and communities affected by this tragic event.
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