It is with a heavy heart that we release another statement…
ASERVIC Statement on the Mass Shooting at the Mosques in Christchurch, New ZealandMarch 15, 2019
We at the Association for Spiritual Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), a division of the American Counseling Association, were heartbroken and outraged to hear about the mass shooting that took place at lunchtime on Friday at Masjid al Noor and Linwood Masjid, two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand where 50 people lost their lives and many more were seriously injured. We send our thoughts of compassion and healing to the victims, their families and friends, the first responders, the Muslim Community, and to all New Zealanders.
This is the second such hate crime in the past 6 months against a religious group. ASERVIC recognizes the important psychological impact of religious and spiritual beliefs to one’s development and well-being and is dedicated to eliminating conditions that lead to any form of discrimination and encouraging awareness and appreciation of diverse belief systems. ASERVIC seeks to create an environment that empowers and enables the expression, exploration, development, and research of evolving spiritual, ethical, and religious values as they relate to the person, to society, and to the profession of counseling and human development. We seek to engage in activities that build relationships and bring the world closer to a harmonious state. We strongly condemn such senseless acts of violence and are committed to addressing hate across all communities, wherever we see it. We join our friends in the Muslim community in mourning the victims of this horrendous attack and will continue our fight to eradicate Islamophobia and bigotry in all of its forms. If we remain silent, then those who champion hate, fear, and division will win.
May those who died rest in peace and may we unite and strengthen all communities to stand up to all forms of hatred and oppression.
Leila Roach, Ph.D., 2018-2019 ASERVIC President
Marinn Pierce, Ph.D., 2018-2019 ASERVIC President-Elect
Claudia Sadler-Gehardt , Ph.D., 2018-2019 ASERVIC Past-President