Augusta, GA — One week after the massacre in Orlando, we heard from local leaders on the impact of terrorism. Imam Mohamed Jamal Daoudi — the leader of Augusta’s Islamic Center — and Reverend Rick Rehn-Sosbe, the pastor at Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer both have words for ISIS.
In the face of so much hate, Reverand Rhen-Sosbe’s message is that of love. “As the hashtag we’ve seen since marriage equality says, ‘Love wins’ and I believe that this mantra is still true – that love really does win. And we really have no other choice, especially as people of faith, to do anything else but love. I think that we can have righteous indignation and stand firm for what we believe is true — also what we believe is horrible behavior — but in the end, I think we need to do it — albeit firmly — also in love.”
For Imam Daoudi the attacks in the name of ISIS is also an attack on his faith. “My message to you ISIS — and radicals and extremists and whoever might catch this clip — you are outlaws. You do not and will never represent Islam and represent my faith. I will not allow in any way, as long as I am alive, that you hijack my faith — my beautiful faith, my peaceful faith.”
Despite differing beliefs, one truth holds true for both leaders — acceptance.