The massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history that has captured the world's attention, was a "symptom" of the country's spiritual condition, asserts the Rev. Franklin Graham.
During a prayer rally held Wednesday in Madison, Wisconsin, a stop on the evangelist's "Decision America" tour, Graham said that America brought the mass shooting upon itself because it has become a "godless nation," reports The Cap Times.
Graham began the rally, which drew nearly 6,000 to Madison's Capitol Square, with prayer for the Orlando massacre's 49 dead, 53 injured, affected families and those in attendance. more >>
A Grammy-nominated gospel singer who is also an Orlando pastor has a prophetic word about some of the recent violence that has taken place in his city.
"I know most of you will not understand what in the world I'm talking about. As a resident of Orlando and a pastor in Orlando with a prophetic edge I feel like standing on top of the biggest thing I can with the loudest megaphone and shouting this as loud as I can," 39-year-old Pastor William McDowell of Deeper Fellowship Churchwrote on Instagram. "IT'S HAPPENING!!!!!!Those with a spiritual awareness will know exactly what I am talking about!"
While McDowell did not elaborate much further for those without such a spiritual awareness, he did call for prayer amid the devastation. more >>
Kevin James Loibl, the 27-year-old man who fatally shot 22-year-old Christian singer Christina Grimmie in the head in Orlando, Florida, last Friday, reportedly boasted to his co-workers that the singer would one day be his wife but got angry after he discovered she had a boyfriend.
A number of Loibl's colleagues at Best Buy told TMZ that he was so infatuated with the singer, he got hair transplants, Lasik eye surgery and even became a vegan to lose weight to improve his odds of starting a relationship with the singer, vowing even that he would one day make her his wife. He would also frequently listen to her music at work.
Loibl's colleagues say the gunman also claimed to have met with the singer at one of her shows he attended in March but a source close to the singer said it never happened. more >>
Patience Carter, 20, was shot once in each leg by Orlando massacre gunman Omar Mateen, 29, at Pulse gay nightclub. But the survivor, whose best friend was among the 49 people killed by Mateen, recalls the gunman addressing African Americans directly on that tragic night.
"He then spoke to us directly," Carter recounted. "He said, 'I don't have a problem with black people, this is about my country. You guys have suffered enough.'"
However Mateen didn't spare any black clubgoers despite what he said. more >>
A Pakistani Christian man beat his sister to death by smashing her head with a wooden log while she was asleep Sunday morning because he disapproved of the man that she was going to marry.
Anum Ishaq Masih, a teenage Christian girl from the town of Sialkot near Lahore, was killed by her brother, Saqib Ishaq Masih, in the early hours Sunday, Agence France Press reports.
Rana Zulfiqar, a police officer at the Sialkot police station, told AFP that Masih "smashed his sister's head with a wooden log" while she was asleep. The officer explained that the crime occurred after the sister told her brother the day before that she was going to go ahead and marry their Christian neighbor, which enraged the brother. more >>
Gay Muslims say they are being rejected by the LGBT community amid the aftermath of the shooting massacre in Orlando, Florida, where 49 people were killed at a gay nightclub.
Reuters recounted the experiences of several gay Muslims who say their relationship with the LGBT community is changing given the revelations that the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. modern history was carried out by Omar Mateen, a Muslim-American who might have been gay, according to suggestions by his ex-wife and former classmate.
"The moment I introduced myself to someone who is also part of the (LGBT) community, she asked me what my nationality is and I said I am Afghan," Qais Munhazim, a doctoral political science student at the University of Minnesota, told Reuters about attending a vigil a day after the attack. more >>