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The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA joins its hearts and voice to those who have suffered in the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. This horrible tragedy is a toxic combination of gun violence, Islamophobia, anti-immigrant xenophobia, and white racist nationalism.

The events in Christchurch are part of a pattern of racist and anti-immigrant shootings at mosques, synagogues, churches, and other houses of worship. We call for a coordinated global effort to combat racist violence and to take automatic weapons out of general circulation.

We remain faithful to interfaith dialogue and to solidarity with our Muslim sisters and brothers. We commend the statement issued by Shoulder to Shoulder, the national coalition-based campaign of religious denominations and faith-based organizations and communities committed to ending discrimination and violence against Muslims.