Dr. Tarunjit Butalia, of Sikh Council of Interfaith Relations

The Sikh Council of Interfaith Relations stands with religious organizations across the United States in condemning the brutal murders carried out in Orlando this weekend. 

The Guru Nanak wrote “God within us renders us incapable of hate and prejudice.” It is our hope that with a united call for peace, the citizens of this country can stand together and recognize that within them all is the power to extinguish bigotry from this world.”

Statement by Religions for Peace USA on Orlando, Florida Shooting

On behalf of our 50 national religious member communities, Religions for Peace USA lifts up prayers and our deepest condolences to the victims of the sickening attack this morning in Orlando, Florida that left over 50 people dead and 53 injured.  We especially stand with the LGBTQ community who were the target of this vicious attack.

There is no excuse for such brutality.

Whenever attacks such as this are perpetrated we are confronted with a choice: to mimic the hatred we see or make a bold commitment to overcome it. The interconnected nature of our world leaves us little choice; we must all become peace-makers now. If we respond to every act of violence with a thirst for revenge, we will undoubtedly succeed in little more than inflicting unspeakable suffering on one another.

Religions around the world call us to our highest and best values — those which lead us to courageous peace-making on every level.   We, therefore, urge people everywhere, to make a fresh commitment to building a world of peace and justice and doing all we can to renounce violent language and actions wherever they arise.  Beyond this, we must reach beyond and across lines of difference – religion, race, sexual identity – to remember and protect the lives and humanity of all.
We urgently call on people of faith and goodwill to recommit ourselves to peacemaking, where wounds can be healed, bridges of understanding built, and walls of hatred come down. Suffering like we see in Orlando demands that we become more determined than ever to enter places where violence has already left deep pain and suffering. In its place, let us cultivate relationships of justice, peace and mercy.

Naeem Baig, President of Islamic Circle of North America

“As Muslims and people of faith we must remember that God has directed us to defend all people equally against bigotry, hate, violence and abuse.”

Rev. Robert Montgomery, Executive Director of Religions for Peace USA

On behalf of our 50 national religious member communities, Religions for Peace USA lifts up prayers and our deepest condolences to the victims of the sickening attack this morning in Orlando, Florida that left over 50 people dead and 53 injured.  We especially stand with the LGBTQ community who were the target of this vicious attack.

We urgently call on people of faith and goodwill to recommit ourselves to peacemaking, where wounds can be healed, bridges of understanding built, and walls of hatred come down. Suffering like we see in Orlando demands that we become more determined than ever to enter places where violence has already left deep pain and suffering. In its place, let us cultivate relationships of justice, peace and mercy.

Dr. Omid Safi, Duke University

As American Muslims, we stand in solidarity with the gay/lesbian/transgender communities. Those of us who live in the South know the demonization of the LGBTQ community over the last year, and we know that this demonization often leads to violence.   We weep with you, stand with you, and offer our prayers and action.    We will call out homophobia whenever and wherever, as so many of you have called out Islamophobia and xenophobia again and again.   All justice is linked together, and all injustice is linked together.    As Muslims, we know what it is like to be members of a persecuted community.   May al-Rahman (the ever-Merciful), Al-Rahim (the All-Forgiving), al-Sabur (the Source of All Patience and Perseverance) enfold each of us, carrying what no mere mortal can.

Catherine Orsborn, Director of Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign

In the wake of the tragic events in Orlando, on behalf of Shoulder to Shoulder, I offer my deepest sympathy to the communities of all who were injured or killed in this horrific attack. No person in our country should live in fear of violence based on their identity – ever. We must all join together in working against hate and violence in all its forms, and we must as a nation guard against allowing perpetrators of violence to divide us against one another.  

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