HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - On May 20, Hattiesburg City Council members adopted a resolution stating that they will not stand for violence against any form of worship in the wake of an unsolved crime that left several bullet holes in a house of worship within the city limits.
"They are against any kind of violence toward any kind of worship; Muslims, Jews, Christians, or any kind of other things," said Jerry Buti, Hattiesburg Islamic Center Vice President and Imam.
Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree addressed the resolution in a prepared statement on Tuesday:
"One of the main freedoms this country was founded upon was the freedom to worship, and this freedom is one that remains sacred to all of us. The City of Hattiesburg will not tolerate anyone who invades a religious facility and/or violate the rights of those with beliefs different from theirs."
The Hattiesburg City Council is the fourth group to step forward in support of The Center. Other groups include the The University of Southern Mississippi Senate, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and Parkway Heights United Methodist Church.
Two Pine Belt pastors from the aforementioned churches joined worship services at the Islamic Center of Hattiesburg on April 25 in an act of solidarity and to express condolences for the shooting that took place at The Center.