We are going through difficult times in this nation.
Hate and gun violence are on the rise.
Ultra-conservative ideology propagated by extremist groups has contributed to intolerance, violence and hate.
This horrific tragedy in Pittsburgh is reminiscent of some previous fatal shootings at houses of worship in Wisconsin, South Carolina, Georgia and Texas, and has shaken all of us.
It is the result of a climate of intolerance and extremism.
My heart goes out to those innocent souls and their loved ones who are all victims of this senseless violence.
The violence taking place at a house of worship is an alarming trend, as it disturbs both personal and community peace.
It is a desecration of a sacred place where people go to worship and seek guidance and inner peace.
Will armed guards at the houses worship solve the problem? I doubt it very much.
Let us disarm hate by personal example and by community peace building efforts.
Let us support candidates who reject violence and stand up to the gun lobby during this election cycle.