Peace rally in aftermath of Charlottesville

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Citizens gathered in Bath to rally against hate, in the aftermath of the Charlottesville attack. 

Clergy from Bath and surrounding areas spoke and said it was a rally to show that citizens in the area will not tolerate hate and racism. 

“Its upsetting to me what’s going on in this world today and i feel like what we can do in our little part in bath could help,” one protester said.

“It’s a just a shame that we’ve gotten to the point where we are today. that people feel so comfortable doing that type of thing,” another said. 

David Lafortune, a pastor at St. John Vianney Parish Church, said the rally was about spreading love and not hate.

“We are in a country that is struggling with how to get along. how to live together. and the events of Charlottesville is total opposite of where we need to be,” Lafortune said. 

Lafortune said violence only brings on more violence, and is not the answer to the issues needed to be solved.

“We need to own our potential to violence and recognize within each of us, we can cause evil. We all need to sit down at the table and talk.” 

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