Magazine article The Christian Century

Obama Mourns Kansas Gun Violence, Anti-Semitism: 'We're All Children of God'

Magazine article The Christian Century

Obama Mourns Kansas Gun Violence, Anti-Semitism: 'We're All Children of God'

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President Obama called for people of all faiths to deter gun violence and anti-Semitism one day after a gunman killed three people at Jewish centers in suburban Kansas City.

"That this occurred now--as Jews were preparing to celebrate Passover, as Christians were observing Palm Sunday --makes this tragedy all the more painful," the president said April 14 in Washington, D.C., at his annual Easter prayer breakfast.

The president noted that synagogues and Jewish community centers are now taking precautions by adding security measures.

"We're all children of God. We're all made in his image, all worthy of his love and dignity," he said. "We see what happens around the world when this kind of religious-based or-tinged violence can rear its ugly head. It's got no place in our society."

Obama noted that the two dead at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, a grandfather and his teenaged grandson, attended the Church of the Resurrection, a United Methodist megachurch in nearby Leawood, Kansas. The church's pastor, Adam Hamilton, preached at Obama's inaugural prayer service in 2013.

The third person, a woman, was killed at a Jewish assisted-living facility in Overland Park. Frazier Glenn Cross, a white supremacist and former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, was formally charged with murder April 15.

At the Easter prayer breakfast, which has become an annual highprofile expression of his Christian faith, Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox leaders listened to Obama's remarks about sin and grace and Christians' belief in Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. …

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