Today, I mourn with the citizens of France. In times such as these our solidarity as one humanity must ground us and focus our thoughts, prayers and reflections. For the grieving families of those who lost their lives by the terrorist attacks, may all of us shed tears with them today and in the coming days. For those who were physically injured in the attacks, may their healing come quickly. For all French citizens, may they know that they are not alone and that the human family stands with them in this dark hour.
Today I mourn with the Muslims of our world. The attacks carried out in Paris by ISIS, if indeed they were by ISIS, must be condemned. But they must be condemned not as terrorist acts carried out by Muslims but rather by individuals whose lives have become consumed by hate and violence.
As a Christian minister, I stand in solidarity with the people of France and with my Muslim brothers and sisters and proclaim the central tenets of both Islam and Christianity: peace, kindness, compassion and justice. And I pledge my continued efforts and energy to fighting Islamophobia and racism.