Statement on the Deadly Shooting in Pittsburgh
My family and I are heartbroken to hear reports of the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh this morning. We are praying for the victims and their families, as well as the entire Jewish community. Synagogues and houses of worship are intended to be places of peace and solace and never the site of the deadly terror and hate experienced today.
We strongly condemn these acts of violence and hatred. What unites us is so much more powerful than what divides us and we need to stay grounded in our shared values of peace and love. We need to recognize the dignity in each and every one of us – a dignity that rests in our shared humanity and the sanctity of life, not race, class, gender, sexual orientation or religion. We simply have to stop demonizing each other and demagoguing at every turn – be it politically or otherwise. Before any party affiliation or other quality that might be used to divide us, we are all Americans, and even more, we are all human. The qualities that unite us – values of honesty, integrity, accountability and love – are so much stronger than the fear others are using as tactics of division. This spread of hatred must end and our elected officials should lead by example.