Oregon faith voices on Fort Hood tragedy

Oregon Muslim, Evan Wicks, interview on KATU-TV: “Islam condemns something like this under any circumstances.   I understand their anger, but they’re angry at something they don’t understand, Not all Muslims believe the same and my interpretation of Islam is under no circumstances, under no pretenses, is violence against innocence allowed. Period.”

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon press release: “Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, along with the entire nation, grieves the tragic loss of all those who were wounded or lost their lives at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, yesterday. Our prayers are offered to the families, friends and colleagues of all those who died and were impacted by this horrific event, knowing that the grief and loss will continue in the days ahead. “

“As an ecumenical Christian organization, we join with the faithful of every religion who abhor this kind of senseless violence. It is our hope that all will understand that this terrible act was committed by an individual, and will not be used as an excuse for prejudice or acts of violence against any religious or ethnic group. It is in these times of collective grief and trauma that we are reminded of our connections to one another, and we this lift up today.”

The Fort Hood Chaplin, Coll. Frank Jackson, held a ceremony on Sunday. Here is what was reported, “Jackson expressed frustration Sunday ” for motive, search for meaning, search for something, someone to blame.”He urged the congregation to “focus on things we know.” Jackson asked the approximately 120 people gathered in the post chapel to pray for the 13 dead and 29 wounded in Thursday’s attack. He also asked them to pray for suspected shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan and his family “as they find themselves in a position that no person ever desires to be.”

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In the Fort Hood base shooting what is your leading concern?

1 – A rush to judgment or unfair blaming religion for a single person’s act
2 – The Army is not addressing combat stress , extended mission and other issues that make soldiers snap
3 – The Army is not properly addressing elements of religious extremism in its own ranks

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