Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
On September 17, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that, "Atlantans filled their churches, synagogues and mosques to hear their spiritual leaders attempt to fathom the unfathomable. Some warned of God's vengeance against the people responsible for Tuesday's terrorist attacks. Others cautioned against overreacting or fighting violence with violence." The article included messages from sermons given around Atlanta: "At Marietta First United Methodist Church, one of the members, Gov. Roy Barnes, called on Americans to pray for a stronger nation. 'It is time --- past time --- for us all to proclaim that we are one people under God,' Barnes said. 'In times of crisis, it is our faith that keeps us and protects us. Our actions should make others hunger for the peace that faith gives us all.'"