It baffles me why our city would grant a permit for a hate, and in the past a terrorist group, to hold a rally on any day, much less the day before Christendom’s most sacred day. So many of our fellow citizens have worked tirelessly and over decades for racial justice and reconciliation and will continue to do so whether or not our City allows the KKK or other terrorists/hate groups to hold rallies. But that said, having such a group of cowards who cover their faces enter our city with their hate filled rhetoric only serves to exasperate the efforts of people of good will and besmirches our city’s reputation. If they are allowed to come and spew their vitriolic venom, the worse thing Memphians can do is to fight hate with hate or violence. One strategy is to ignore them. Another is to hold prayer vigil during their rally, praying for the Shalom of our city. Praying for Shalom in the face of hatred is nothing new for people of faith. Let’s pray for the Shalom of Memphis today and every day that God in His grace will bless our city with His peace.