One week ago, Americans experienced two horrific mass shootings within the span of 24 hours, in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. At least 31 lives were lost. Indeed, the shooting in El Paso was the worst anti-Hispanic domestic terror attack that America has seen in contemporary times. We continue to grieve for those killed and for those who lost loved ones or were injured.
It has been yet another heartbreaking reminder that hate-fueled rhetoric has real and deadly consequences, and impacts the most vulnerable in our society. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will hear from faith leaders about the work they are doing to counter gun violence and stop the rise of white nationalism in the United States.
In spite of the egregious numbers of gun deaths that occur in our country every single year, many lawmakers have long stood resolutely against common sense gun violence prevention laws that we know would work to save lives. The past weekend’s tragedies prompted people to say “enough is enough,” and that included faith leaders and clergy. The Coalition of Concerned Clergy gathered outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office on Tuesday, to pray and protest. On this week’s State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio program and podcast, you’ll hear some highlights from that event.
The rest of the hour is devoted to an in-depth look at strategies that are most likely to work in bringing about change, the role of faith leaders in this campaign, and what every concerned American can do to help. Interfaith Alliance President Rabbi Jack Moline moderated a panel of fellow Concerned Clergy in this important conversation: Rev. Rob Schenck, President of the Dietrich Boenhofer Institute; Father Joseph Grieboski, President and CEO of the International Center for Rights and Justice; and Rev. Leonard Hamlin, Canon Missioner at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.