Texas School Shooting One Week Later: Faith Leaders Share Their Anguish and Hope for the Future

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Following the Texas school shooting in Uvalde a week ago today, in which a gunman claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers inside Robb Elementary School, the Religious leaders across the country continued to share their outrage over the massacre.

They also share prayers, hope and messages of healing with TAUT News Digital.

“What a tragic day for America,” Rabbi Pinchas Taylor of Plantation, Fla., told TAUT News Digital, “when the lives of precious elementary school children are caught up in a massacre.”

He called the act of the 18-year-old shooter last Tuesday “despicable evil”.

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The rabbi also said, “There is a disease prevalent in our society that we cannot accept as a new normal.”

“Engage extensively in honest introspection”

“As a nation,” Rabbi Taylor added, “we need to broadly engage in honest introspection to get to the root of this madness.”

“We need to have real, actionable conversations about mental health and gun violence that aren’t just extensions of political ideologies,” the rabbi said.

Taylor also said, “For the families of those lost, there are simply no words.”

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“May Almighty God,” he added, “bring comfort to grieving families and help our country on the path to healing at its core.”

“Bring the power” of the gospel “to a grieving world”

Jason Yates, CEO of Plano, Texas-based My Faith Votes, told TAUT News Digital, “In times like this, believers must face the evil before us and make a choice.”

Yates said, “Now more than ever, the body of Christ must answer the question, ‘What shall I do?’ — and recognize that our faith demands action.”

“Now is not the time to get tired of doing good or struggling for power,” he also said.

“Now is not the time to get tired of doing good.”

“Now is the time to bring the power of the gospel and the goodness of our faith to a grieving world.”

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“Apart from us,” Yates added, “our communities will not really know the values ​​we hold dear: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, kindness, gentleness and mastery of self.”

“Call on God”

Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California and Hawaii told TAUT News Channel’s Shannon Bream last week, “The first question that comes to mind is, ‘Why did God let this happen? ?'”

Mourners visit a memorial for a victim of Tuesday's mass shooting in Uvalde Town Square May 26, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.

Mourners visit a memorial for a victim of Tuesday’s mass shooting in Uvalde Town Square May 26, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.
(Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

He said that “we should instead turn to the ‘what’ – as in ‘What should I do? “And more specifically, ‘where do I turn?'”

The answer, said Pastor Laurie, is “call on God.”

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On Sunday, President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Uvalde, Texas.

The president suggested to a local lawmaker that the federal government could provide funds to raze Robb Elementary School.

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“He said, ‘I’m not leaving. I will bring you resources. We’re going to look to raze this school, build a new one,” Senator Roland Gutierrez, who represents Uvalde, told local news outlet KSAT.

TAUT News Digital’s Paul Best contributed to this article.

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