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 >>
Fans of murdered 22-year-old Christian singer and former "The Voice" contestant Christina Grimmie, who was fatally shot in the head by a crazed fan two Fridays ago in Orlando, Florida, are now pushing for Nintendo to name a character in the upcoming fantasy game Legend of Zelda in her honor.
Two change.org petitions collectively amassing nearly 80,000 signatures are asking the world's largest video game company by revenue to honor the late singer with a character in the upcoming edition of the series in 2017 because she loved the game.
"No mere words will be able to properly define the loss today with the passing of Christina Grimmie. She was an amazing singer, songwriter, daughter, sister and friend. She was impossibly bright, loving and talented and will continue to inspire us all," began one petition started by Ian Tan in Chicago, Illinois, with nearly 60,000 signatures. more >>
Hesse Interior Minister Peter Beuth said the masked attacker fired four shots as he entered Kinoplex cinema in the town of Viernheim near Frankfurt at around 3 p.m. The gunman had an ammunition belt slung around his shoulder. After he entered, he barricaded himself inside.
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The shooting took place in a cinema of a major shopping center called Rhein Neckar Zentrum Viernheim. The place has 100 businesses and 20,000 visitors daily. An employee of the Coyote Café Viernheim located across the cinema said about 50 to 100 officers responded to the scene immediately. Their cafè personnel had the initiative to bring all their customers to the backdoor to secure their safety. more >>
As part of a sermon commemorating the lives of the nine people who were killed at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, last year, Pastor Steven Furtick said Christians must continue the conversation about "hatred, race, and the decisions we make every day."
In a message posted to the Elevation Church website on Monday, Furtick, senior pastor of the Charlotte, North Carolina, megachurch is seen standing in front of Emanuel AME Church on the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting that took place on June 17, 2015, when gunman Dylann Roof entered the church and killed worshipers who had gathered together for a Bible study because he said he wanted to start a race war.
Furtick said he chose to stand in front of the church and deliver a message about race, hatred and fear, and the choices Christians make to either live in the heart of God or the heart of hatred. more >>
There is more than a World Series championship at stake for Texas Rangers pitcher Matt Bush who has had to battle his demons and cling to God just to step onto the mound each day.
Bush, 30, is an alcoholic who was sentenced to four years in prison after a 2012 hit and run accident that occurred while he was under the influence and nearly killed a senior citizen. After serving 39 months of that prison sentence, the pitcher was given a shot on the Rangers team last month.
Now, he is vowing to keep his focus on staying sober by regularly attending his 12-step meetings and leaning on God. 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 >>