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Charlotte Talks: Local Faith Leaders on Combating Hate Speech And Violence In Our Places Of Worship

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B'nai Israel Synagogue in Baltimore, Maryland.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

This hour, we gather a group of local faith leaders in response to the violence over the weekend at a synagogue where 11 people were killed in Pittsburgh and after last week, when a man tried to enter a predominantly black church in Kentucky and ended up killing 2 people at a Kroger. 

Hatred is America is on the rise and human beings are paying the price.  This weekend at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, 11 people lost their lives at the hands of an anti-Semite whose objective was simply to kill Jews.  Also last week, a man attempted to enter a predominantly black church in Kentucky and ultimately shot and killed two African-Americans at a Kroger. 

We can argue about whether our political rhetoric is driving this or “giving permission” to those who harbor hate to act on that hatred but while we do, these incidents of violence continue. 

When people of faith become the targets, how should they react?  What should those of us not under attack do?  What is our role?  What should be our response?  What is our responsibility?  We explore these questions this hour on Charlotte Talks.

Guests: 

Dr. James Howell, senior pastor of Myers Park United Methodist Church 

Reverend Rodney Sadler, associate professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary and associate pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church

Imam John Ederer, Imam and religious director at the Muslim Community Center of Charlotte

Rabbi Asher Knight, Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth El 

Event:

Today's guests will participate in an Interfaith Prayer Vigil tonight at 6:30pm at 1st Baptist Church West.

Address: 1801 Oaklawn Avenue