Religion and Ethics Weekly: God Not Guns

Posted by Kendall Harmon

SEVERSON : Like many of the 41 murders in Harlem last year, most were committed with illegal guns -- double the gun deaths from a year before.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN : Because we were out here last summer and saw a shoot out right on the corner like it was the O.K. Corral.

SEVERSON : When her sons were killed, Jackie says at first she was angry with God but now she credits God for transforming her anger into a cause.

Ms. ROWE ADAMS : I woke up one morning and I said, "No! Enough is enough!" My husband said, "What's the matter?" I said, "I can't take it." I said, "What are the elected officials doing? What are the churches doing?"

SEVERSON : The influential Riverside Church on Harlem's West Side is trying to do something. Jackie met with Reverend Arnold Thomas to offer her group's help. He's registering churches around the country to participate in a "God Not Guns" Sabbath the weekend of September 29 and 30.

Reverend ARNOLD THOMAS (The Riverside Church, New York City): Americans need to have a serious conversation about how guns have contributed to really the destruction and the continuing demise of our way of life and our culture.

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