NASHVILLE, Tenn. (USA Today Network ) — Religious leaders across Tennessee are denouncing white supremacy ahead of “white lives matter” protests in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville.

Scores of clergy have signed their names to statements opposing the white nationalist groups’ values. They have planned community prayer vigils celebrating diversity and advocating for unity. And, ahead of Saturday’s (Oct. 28) protest, they have sent a strong message that hate is not a religious value.

All faith traditions are meant to promote peace, understanding and love between people, said Rabbi Laurie Rice, a leader of the Brentwood-based Congregation Micah that has members in Murfeesboro and Shelbyville. That is why she

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