If anything can teach us how to understand and appreciate religious differences, it is the way that people of different faiths have been responding to the horror in Parkland, Florida. On Monday (Feb. 19), I spoke at a candlelight vigil at a middle school in Miramar, Florida – not that far away from Parkland. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were there.
In Broward County, Florida, it has been like we are all sitting shiva. It affects us in large, overwhelming, and small ways. My parents were both school teachers. They woke up early; worked very hard (my mother, of blessed memory, to an early grave); gave tests; filled out numerous reports; and loved their students. They knew that their job was to shape their students’ lives. They never imagined that their job was also, potentially, to save their students’ lives. It is now up to the kids.
As if we residents of Broward County, Florida, could somehow put blood on our doors, and keep the Angel of Death at bay. For, surely, the Angel would have known better than to stride into Parkland, Florida — that place that had the reputation of being the “safest city in Florida.”This time, the Angel of Death came in the guise of Nikolas Cruz, the alleged shooter. He had an assault rifle. Who, other than the police and the military, needs such a weapon? Nikolas Cruz was violent. He was troubled.
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