Close to 70 Muslim and LGBT groups in America have come out with a joint statement in the wake of the Orlando massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history where a gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub, and vowed not to attack each other.
"In this moment of immense sadness and outrage, we stand together united against fear, hate and violence. We will not lose hope in the people and communities around us because we know we are stronger together," the joint statement read.
"In standing together, hand in hand, across every faith, we send a powerful message to those who seek to divide us using hatred and violence: love is stronger than hate and hope will defeat fear," it added. more >>
Tim Tebow left his vacation in the Bahamas this week to visit the surviving victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting who are still being treated at the hospital for injuries they sustained during the massacre.
One of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting that killed 49 people and injured 53 others on June 12 is Tebow's former high school football teammate, Rodney Sumpter.
Tebow visited Sumpter on Wednesday at the Orlando Regional Medical Center where his former teammate is recovering from being shot in both arms. more >>
A man claiming to be the former lover of Omar Mateen says the terror suspect killed 49 people at a gay nightclub out of revenge against sexual partners who turned out to be HIV-positive.
The claim was made during an interview on Spanish-language television network Univision by a man identified only as "Miguel," who said he was in a "friends with benefits" relationship with Mateen for two months until December 2015.
"I've cried like you have no idea. But the thing that makes me want to tell the truth is that he didn't do it for terrorism. In my opinion he did it for revenge," Miguel said, adding that Mateen had sexual relationships with two Puerto Rican men, one of whom turned out to be HIV positive. more >>
Evangelist Franklin Graham blasted the Obama administration for editing out references to Islam from the transcript of the Orlando shooter's 911 calls before he killed 49 people and injured 53 others in a gay nightclub. Graham praised House Speaker Paul Ryan for insisting on the full transcript, which reveals the attacker's religious motivation.
"Did they think the American people were idiots? Did Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Obama administration really think they could get by with scrubbing the transcripts of the Orlando shooter's 911 calls to remove references to Islam?" Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, wrote on his Facebook page on Monday.
Graham quoted Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, as saying: "Selectively editing this transcript is preposterous. We know the shooter was a radical Islamist extremist inspired by ISIS. We also know he intentionally targeted the LGBT community. The administration should release the full, unredacted transcript so the public is clear-eyed about who did this and why." more >>
Kirk Franklin has invited the Topeka Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church to picket one of his concerts after accusing the group of being godless for protesting the funerals of Orlando terror attack victims.
"So a church from Kansas called Westboro is planning on picketing the funerals of two men killed in the Orlando massacre. ... Let me address," Franklin tweeted to his 1 million followers on Friday. "Whoever your pastor is, he is the dumbest, most hateful ignorant man to ever lead ANY church. There is NO form of Godliness in this act ... and a continuing issue of why the world sees us as hateful and judgmental."
"You fill it with hate and disease. PLEAS PLEASE respond! Please show up to one of my concerts protesting, PLEASE! We love Jesus, but ... Just pleas come. This is a sad day for the faith I love. ... Read the ENTIRE Bible, and let those parents bury their children. #WackChurch," he added in follow-up tweets. more >>
Omar Mateen, the man behind the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history who took the lives of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, praised Allah and pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State terror group in a 911 call on the night of the massacre, transcripts reveal.
"In the name of Allah the merciful, the beneficial," Mateen said in Arabic in his call to police.
"Praise be to Allah, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God. I let you know, I'm in Orlando and I did the shootings," he added, signaling his confession. more >>