To insist on a narrative of forgiveness is dehumanizing and violent. It goes against the very nature of lament.
Charleston church shooting
When Dylann Roof murdered the Charleston nine at a Bible study in June 2015, his intent was “to start a race war.” He didn’t succeed.
Are the rest of us so different from our brothers and sisters in Libya or in Charleston? Are they heroes with whom we can never identify?
Helpful articles addressing the terrorist attack at Emanuel AME Church last week have appeared in a number of outlets, some offering superb analysis. One question concerning the context of violence in church in particular, and persecution in general, is what commonalities exist between the experiences of persecuted groups.