Hundreds of local residents, some of them dressed as angels in white linen, blocked members of the Westboro Baptist Church extremist group who were heard shouting phrases like "Why did God destroy Sodom?" as they picketed the funerals of Pulse gay nightclub shooting victims.
"Seeing the hand of God sitting heavy upon Orlando with much death and sorrow, Westboro Baptist Church will protest against the proud sin that has brought great wrath from God such that God is bereaving you of your children, AS HE PROMISED… GOD STILL HATES FAGS & WILL NEVER HAVE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE," said the Kansas-based group in a statement on its website, announcing their plan to disrupt the funerals of the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history.
As expected, Westboro protesters arrived at the funeral of 32-year-old Christopher Andrew Leinonen's at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke. However, the counter-demonstrators, chanting "We love you!" and "Orlando Strong!" guarded the service, according to Aol.com. more >>
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 >>
Social liberals are using the Orlando shooting massacre to ignite a "war on Christianity," according to prominent conservative columnist David French.
Last weekend, 29-year-old Omar Mateen murdered 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. During the attack Mateen called 911 and pledged support for the Islamic State terror group.
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 >>
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 >>
A former pastor at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church has been asked to resign as lead pastor of a church he's served for three years after he refused to agree to its biblical position on homosexuality, fearing it would alienate people in the LGBT community.
Gerald Sharon, the lead pastor at Southwest Church in Indian Wells, California, who spent 11 years at Saddleback Church serving in various leadership roles, was asked to step down from the pastoral role he has served for over three-and-a-half years since he left Saddleback because he now refuses to affirm the church's position on homosexuality.