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Religious Leaders From Around the Country Friday Attacked the “Senseless Shootings” This Week; Call for Unity.

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The Rev. Darrell Scott said that Thursday’s sniper attack was “symptomatic of the lawlessness in our country that is being fueled by a disrespect for police — a disrespect that should be strongly denounced by all leaders, beginning with the President of the United States.

“Please pray for the Dallas Police Department and their families.

“The Bible says in Romans 13 that law-enforcement officers are ministers of God, assent to do good and punish those that do evil.

“We ought to remember that God has ordained police officers to be his instruments to keep order in our society — and it is important that we always respect police officers,” Scott said.

“With the tragic and devastating news of these recent killings, along with the seven others who were injured in Dallas, we are reminded that violence and retaliation are never the solution to our frustrations and anger,” the pastors said. “Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are extended to the family of each victim.

“May all know that we are resolved as spiritual leaders in this nation to do whatever we can do to help bring America together.

“May the wisdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. provide us the needed encouragement today: ‘Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.