Attack in Halle (Germany). Negro: “We must hate evil”

The president of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, pastor Luca Maria Negro, expresses solidarity with those affected

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Rome (NEV), October 19, 2019 – “The matrix of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia is the same. Gad Lerner, an Italian journalist, writer and TV presenter, with whom I agree, highlighted this on twitter. It is the matrix of the supremacist hatred that is now spreading in pathological fundamentalisms of different origins”, said pastor Luca Maria Negro, president of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI), after the shootings that took place in Halle, Germany, on October 9, in which two people were killed. As known the bomber acted on the day of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which follows the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashana, attempting to enter the synagogue while believers were gathered in prayer. Failing to do so, he shot in the street and then in a Kebab restaurant.
“As Italian Protestants we condemn all forms of violence and share the pain for the victims of the terrorist attack – continued the president Negro -. We question ourselves about the gravity and the causes of these acts, which often arise in contexts of confusion, fragility and loneliness. The book of Proverbs in chapter 8 invites us to hate evil, pride and arrogance (Proverbs 8, 13). For this reason we believe that to go beyond violence, we must engage more humbly, with meekness, in listening, in caring, in mutual knowledge, in sharing, in the pursuit of the collective good. For this we need a cultural revolution and a revolution of dialogue in both secular and inter-religious terms”.