Church leaders condemn anti-Semitism, hate-filled rhetoric

People pay their respects at a makeshift memorial in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are condemning anti-Semitism and the “environment of hate-filled rhetoric that has become so prevalent” following the deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement Monday that it expressed grief and solidarity with the Jewish community following the Saturday shooting in Pittsburgh that left 11 people dead.

The Utah-based faith says everyone suffers when places of worship aren’t safe. The church says good people everywhere must speak out and stand up for the right to worship and live peacefully.

In July, a man opened fire inside a Church of Jesus Christ in a rural northern Nevada town, killing one man and injuring another.

The faith only allows police officers to carry firearms inside church buildings where worship services are held.

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