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97561 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 RESOLUTION NO. 9,756 A RESOLUTION CONDEMNING THE BURNING OF CHURCHES AND REQUESTING LAW E14FORCE MNT AUTHORITIES TO USE ALL POSSIBLE ]MEANS TO APPREHEND AND BRING LAWBREAKERS TO JUSTICE. WHEREAS, the burning of churches in the United States and particularly in the South is a direct assault on the freedom of religion of our fellow citizens; and WHEREAS, public reports of some of the church burnings indicate that racial hatred has been identified as a motivating factor; and WHEREAS, the threat to the civil freedoms to engage in religious practices when targeted to a particular group becomes a threat to the religious practice of all citizens. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CITY OF LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS: SECTION 1. Law enforcement authorities at the federal, state and local level are encouraged to use all possible means and act with all possible speed to bring to justice lawbreakers who would steal the freedom to worship from our fellow citizens. In addition, persons and communities which have been subjected to these acts of intolerance should know by means of this resolution that their fellow citizens in Little Rock, Arkansas, stand with them in their time of need, and that the act of church burnings is strongly condemned and is harmful to the building of a tolerant and fair society. SECTION 2. A copy of this resolution shall be forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement authorities and to the pastor of each of the churches subjected to these crimes. 460 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10' 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 ADOPTED: July 30, 1996 "PROVED AS TO FORM: i � CITY ATTORNEY APPROVED: i:I • \ 0