An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Condemn Violence Against Peaceful Protestors

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Yesterday, the President ordered the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protestors outside St. John's church in Washington DC. The area was cleared, through the use of violent intervention, in order to give a brief statement and pose for pictures while holding the Bible. These actions were taken without the consent of, or communication with, St. John's church. This action flies in the face, not only of the first amendment, but also the teachings of Christ. The first amendment guarantees the right to peaceful assembly. Just days ago, the President was championing the rights of protestors in Michigan to storm the state capitol wielding rifles. Why were peaceful protestors outside a church in DC violently silenced? The president and other leaders, including yourself, have called for a return to law and order. The use of tear gas, rubber bullets, and violent interventions against peaceful protestors is a dramatic departure from law and order as outlined in the highest law in our land - The United States Constitution. If you value the freedoms outlined in the constitution you have taken an oath to uphold, you must speak out against this action. I urge you to find the courage to speak out against the pressure of your party and the president. If you want to spread the message that violence is never the answer, you must begin by leading by example and condemn violence in all its forms - not just the forms you disagree with.

First sent on June 2, 2020 by Shannon

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