Poison of hate sparked shootings in a house of God
To The Herald-Whig:
With a sinking heart I heard about the tragedy of the massacre in a synagogue in Pittsburgh. And once again my head bent low with sadness and grief, and my soul cried at yet another hate crime.
Such animal-like behavior from humans! Innocent people who were in the house of God, praising Him and loving Him, mowed down in one minute! In that place of refuge where all people are the same and share the same faith and love, how could such a heinous crime take place?
What hatred is this that has spread like the poison of a smoldering abscess among the people of this nation? Please don’t tell me that the man was mentally deranged or had problems with depression, etc. This was an act of tyranny and pure hatred, inflamed by bigotry and animosity.
While we know that hatred and divisiveness has persisted for a long time in this country and elsewhere, this insane crime today shows how ignorant some of us are, how poor our judgement is and how sad it is that the gap in the division keeps widening. When will it end? Where will it end? How does one’s conscience not feel the burden of guilt?
I stand with the Jewish community of this beautiful town of mine and with those people in Pittsburgh whose lives have changed now because of this hate crime. I ache with my Jewish friends (how personal it must seem to you), and I cry with you and offer deepest condolences from my heart and from the hearts of the members of the Islamic Center of Quincy.
We pray that we will never hear or see such devastation again. May the God of all prophets give each one of my Jewish friends peace and strength to bear this painful assault that they have suffered at the hands of a bigot!
Zakiah S. Ali