In his remarks regarding Wednesday night's massacre inside the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, President Barack Obama outlined how the congregation has a 200-year history of dealing with persecution brought on by racism and hatred.
After a white gunmen, identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof, shot and killed a pastor and eight other worshipers attending a Bible study at Emanuel AME Church, Obama issued a spoken statement on Thursday condemning the attack and added that he was personally angered by it.
"Any death of this sort is a tragedy," Obama stated. "There is something particularly heartbreaking about the death happening in a place in which we seek solace and we seek peace, in a place of worship." more >>
We stand today in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ in Charleston, South Carolina. The brutal massacre of those in prayer at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church should shock the conscience of every person. There is hardly a more vivid picture of unmasked evil than the murder of those in prayer.
This act of bloodshed is wicked and more than wicked. It is literally satanic, as our Lord taught us that the devil is a "murderer from the beginning" (John 8:44).
Virtually every week we see yet another incident pointing to the sin of racism in American society, from unarmed African-American men and children killed in the streets to worshippers gunned down in their pews. This must end. And the church of Jesus Christ must lead the way. more >>
A 21-year-old New York City resident with alleged ties to ISIS attempted to stab an FBI agent who was searching his home as part of an an ongoing investigation into terrorist-related activities that began with the arrest of a Queens college student over the weekend who was planning a Boston Marathon-type attack on the city.
Fareed Mumuni was arrested in his Staten Island home Wednesday and charged with attempting to murder an FBI agent, conspiring to provide material support to ISIS and planning an attack in the New York area, according to NBC New York.
"As the officers attempted to restrain (him), Mumuni repeatedly attempted to plunge the knife into the torso of an FBI special agent and reached out with his hand in the vicinity of a rifle used by another member of law enforcement," read the criminal complaint. more >>
Law enforcement officials said Thursday that they have captured Dylann Roof, 21, who is suspected of killing nine people at a prayer meeting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday evening.
Mayor Joseph P. Riley did not reveal where Roof was caught but media reports say he was taken into custody some 200 miles away, in Shelby, North Carolina, a town east of Charlotte.
Sources say Roof, who was the subject of a manhunt before he was caught by police, attended the prayer meeting for an hour before opening fire in the basement of the church, killing nine of the 13 people who had gathered for worship. The church has been a part of the Charleston community since 1816 and was founded by a former slave. more >>
A time of worship and prayer came to a horrific end Wednesday night, as a white gunman, identified as Dylann Roof, 21, opened fire during a Bible study in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, slaying nine people, including the church's pastor, in what the police have called a "hate crime" and the city's mayor has labeled an act of "pure hatred."
The suspect began firing at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Calhoun Street, one of the oldest black churches in the South with roots dating back to 1816, around 9 p.m. Wednesday night. Eight people were killed on the scene, while two others were transported to a nearby hospital, one of whom died along the way.
The gunman, believed to be Roof, successfully fled the church as remains at-large as of Thursday morning. more >>
In an amazing story of redemption he shared with his congregation on Sunday, Tennessee pastor Phillip Robinson forgave the man who murdered his father in cold blood almost 30 years ago.
Robinson's father, Wayne, was tragically shot dead outside the Tennessee grocery store he owned by gunman Ron Hammer in 1986. Hammer, who now identifies as a Christian, joined Phillip Robinson via Skype on Sunday to share his conversion story at Robinson's New Vision Life Baptist Church in Murfreesboro and described how the pastor's forgiveness "changed his life."
"I gave my life to Christ in October of 1996, but I've never really received the full blessings that Christ wanted me to have until one day He whispered and told me, 'Well, you haven't confessed to the Robinson family.' And I sat and wrote a letter to Mrs. Robinson (pastor's mother) and it was 20 years after the crime had taken place. And I told [her] how I had taken your father's life and how it was an accident and that I never meant to hurt anyone," said Hammer to Robinson before his congregation on Sunday. more >>