Akron Beacon Journal: Statement about Capitol building violence

Interfaith council condemns violence

The Akron Area Interfaith Council condemns the invasion into the Capitol building on Jan. 6, putting legislators and all personnel at risk for harm. While protests are appropriate for raising often unheard voices, this was a blatant disregard for property and the proceedings of democracy. We also see this as voter suppression and disregard for the democratic processes as promoted by and enabled by the current president. We urge those in faith communities to call out this extremism and articulate the meanings of peace and justice as established in our faith traditions.

AAIC has been in existence for 40 years, when faith leaders of different denominations came together to discuss issues of racism and social justice and to promote understanding between the religions. For centuries, religion has been misused to cause wars, hate and division worldwide. AAIC is a witness to the power of love and compassion for all humankind which is the basis of every faith tradition. Our organization seeks to contribute to peace in the midst of a world which continues to suffer from divisions among and between religious adherents.

Kathryn A. Ress, chair, Akron Area Interfaith Council

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