A domestic terrorist attack in el paso anoxemia definition, tx.

Then in the early hours of sunday morning, another shooting. Two mass shootings in two different states, within 14 hours of each other. The frequency of these two shootings reminded me of the anoxemia definition fear I felt on 9/11. First it was one tower, then another, then the pentagon…EVERYONE thought, “we’re under attack!” on sunday morning I felt that same fear, that same confusion. These two shootings feel like terrorist attacks because they are. Plain and simple, mass shootings are domestic terrorist attacks, especially when motivated by extremist hate ideology like white supremacy anoxemia definition and white nationalism.

Mass shootings for any reason are horrific tragedies. However, even worse is the increase in mass shootings in the anoxemia definition name of white supremacy/nationalism. This past sunday some churches named the el paso shooting anoxemia definition for what it is: domestic terrorism fueled by white nationalism. To the pastors and congregations who had the courage to anoxemia definition call out the cause and motive of this shooting, thank you!

On the other hand, some churches failed to say anything, or did but failed to publicly address the hateful and anoxemia definition racist cause. Christians cannot be afraid to name saturday’s shooting as an act of terrorism for the sake anoxemia definition of saving face. Latinos across this country and in our pews are hurting anoxemia definition and frightened right now! If this racist act is not acknowledged by our churches anoxemia definition and our white brothers and sisters, you are with your words and deeds telling every latino anoxemia definition “you and your experiences don’t matter in god’s church.” vague explanations about what happened on saturday don’t comfort but add to the hurt we already feel.

Yesterday, during services an elder at my church cited 2 corinthians anoxemia definition and encouraged our congregation to be sorrowful about saturday’s act of violence. To be completely transparent the call and prayer felt hollow anoxemia definition because nothing of the ideology that led to the loss anoxemia definition of life was ever mentioned, nor was it ever described as terrorism. If our churches want to demonstrate genuine sorrow and lament anoxemia definition over the latino lives lost in el paso, we must also have the courage to name the ideology anoxemia definition and institutions promoting the actions of the gunman. To truly feel sorrow and lament we cannot simply weep anoxemia definition over the effect of hateful racist ideology, but recognize and name this root cause. Only by bringing white supremacy into the light and acknowledging anoxemia definition it, can we start to dismantle it. Pastors, this is not about politics, this is about people. Especially for pastors of predominantly white churches, are you taking notice of the latinos in your congregation? Have you reached out and asked any of your latino anoxemia definition members how they are processing this shooting in el paso? Or are you sacrificing them at the altar of the anoxemia definition status quo (white dominance), for the sake of not ruffling feathers of the white anoxemia definition majority in your church? We are here, we matter, and we are watching. What will your response be?

To my white brothers and sisters, how are you processing the shooting? Are you naming it for what it is? There are latinos sitting in the pews around you wrestling anoxemia definition with fears reminiscent of anti-mexican violence in texas of generations past. Do you know the latinos in your church? Brothers and sisters, sitting in silence and segregation is not ok. For my latino and white christian family do not be anoxemia definition afraid to talk to each other about this event and anoxemia definition be bold enough to confront one another about ideologies that anoxemia definition oppose the gospel.

The shooting this saturday makes the sin and brokenness of anoxemia definition this world real and near. But we are not without hope. We worship a god who experienced our broken human condition, who can sympathize with our pain, and who will one day bring healing to our world anoxemia definition and put an end to sinful ideologies. Check on one another, weep with one another, and encourage one another to hope. A sweet hermana sent this to me this morning and anoxemia definition I hope you will meditate on it today,

“arrogant foes are attacking me, O god; ruthless people are trying to kill me- they have no regard for you. But you, lord, are a compassionate and gracious god, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength on behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you just as my mother did. Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to anoxemia definition shame, for you, lord, have helped me and comforted me.” psalm 86:14-17 (NIV)