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1999 NCC News Archives

Statement of National Council of Churches General Secretary
On Attack on Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles

August 11, 1999, NEW YORK:

Yet again we witness the shooting of innocent people, singled out as the targets of hate and violence because of their ethnic identity. This time, the city is Los Angeles, and the target Jewish children and adults in a Jewish community center. As a mother and grandmother, but even more as a Christian, I am deeply saddened and outraged by this attack.

May God be with the victims and their families, including the family of Joseph Ileto, killed just outside the center. May God’s healing presence be with you, and with the community affected by this act.

Acts such as this, motivated by hatred based on religious and racial prejudice, are acts aimed at us all. As Christians, we condemn such violence as sinful, contrary to God’s will that we love one another as children of the One God.

On this day we stand with our Jewish sisters and brothers against such senseless violence. In light of the events in Los Angeles and Chicago, we call our churches and this Council to redouble our efforts to combat the religious and racial prejudice that has led to these deaths. May all of us, together, join hands to respond to the violence which seems to be engulfing us, and to be the builders of the beloved community which God intends.

(The Rev. Dr.) Joan Brown Campbell
General Secretary
National Council of Churches

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