Sunday, January 09, 2011

Tragedy in Tucson

Regardless of one's politics the terrible tragedy in Tucson yesterday reminds us of the deep and profound concern we as a society have for human life. We join in mourning the deaths of those six innocent people killed by an evil hand. We pray for the recovery of those injured and their families, including Gabrielle Giffords, Congressional representative for District 8. We condemn the horrific actions of this gunman and ache at the senseless loss of life.

On a personal note, the loss of Judge John Roll is of particular pain. Judge Roll was a fine judge and a wonderful human being. He was known to many of us both in the legal community and through his church. Prayers for his family and friends as well as for all those who lost loved ones should be high on our priority list.

At the same time we must remember why we mourn the loss of a human life. It is because all human life is sacred. No one has the right to kill an innocent human being. As our society takes a moment to reflect on this tragedy, let us commit ourselves to addressing problems in a non-violent way. Let us commit to respecting the rights of all persons and appreciating their unique presence in our world. Let us stand for the principle that violence is not the way to solve societal problems. Perhaps if we all commit to living our lives with greater respect for the dignity of all persons, the lives of those lost will remembered in a way they could appreciate.


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