Demanding action after the most recent school shooting left 17 dead and another 15 injured, Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, pushed back on the ideas that is too early to discuss policy solutions:
“I am unwilling to offer thoughts and prayers today. What I have to offer is anger and contempt for our elected leaders who continue to turn a blind eye to gun violence in this country. And I offer resolve to put pressure on those same leaders and do everything I can to keep them on the hook for this. Prayer vigils have their place in comforting those who are mourning, but they are not the solution to this epidemic.
“They will tell us that today is not the day to talk about policy solutions. And they are right, that day was years ago, before Columbine. Before Sandy Hook. Before Virginia Tech and Aurora and Las Vegas. Certainly Parkland. And unquestionably before the epidemic of gun violence started taking from us 96 people per day, most of whom don’t even make the local news.”
Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.