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Rep. John Lewis Condemns Hate Killings in Kansas City

April 14, 2014
Press Release

            Rep. John Lewis made this statement about the murders of three people yesterday, on the eve of Passover, by 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross of Aurora, Mo.

            "It is deeply tragic that such senseless brutality should occur on the eve of Passover, the time when Jews all over the world remember their liberation from slavery in Egypt thousands of years ago.  Hate itself is a kind of bondage that poisons the well of the soul.  Somehow we must finally learn that it can never be a meaningful answer to human problems.

            "Martin Luther King Jr. once said that hate paralyzes life; it darkens and confuses life.  Only love has the power to release dynamic potential, to harmonize and illuminate our lives.  When will humanity learn that we will never find the solution to our suffering down the barrel of a gun?

            "We must teach our children and our children's children these simple lessons of human unity. We must learn to live as brothers and sisters, as Dr. King said, or we will perish as fools. I lift my mind and heart in prayer to the victims of this violence and their families.  May God give them comfort and peace.  And I pray for all those who have bound themselves to the ill-fated burden of hate, that their violence will cease."