Saturday, June 20, 2015

After Charleston Tragedy, Forgiveness Rings Louder


In the aftermath of the Charleston tragedy, as the nation comes to grips with the painful realities of racism and racial hatred, as well as the difficult issue of gun control, calls for forgiveness ring louder than vengeance.

The victims' families were among the first to offer forgiveness to the alleged shooter.

Relatives of the nine people shot down during a Bible study session inside their historic black church confronted the 21-year-old suspect Friday during his initial hearing. They described their pain and anger, but also spoke of love. “I forgive you, my family forgives you,” said Anthony Thompson, whose relative Myra Thompson was killed. “We would like you to take this opportunity to repent. … Do that and you’ll be better off than you are right now.” - Read more here:

Religious and civil rights leaders in metro Detroit likewise expressed “unity” while expressing concerns about the still existing “hate against African-Americans.”
The shooting was one of the worst attacks in a house of worship in the U.S., sparking an intense discussion about race, hatred, and extremism, with local pastors calling for unity across racial and religious lines. - Read more here:

Glenn Beck was also reported to have gone to Charleston. He issued a statement on his Facebook page: “Let us no longer hide our light under bushels. Let us be lamp stands!!!!!” he wrote on Facebook. “Let’s gather tomorrow and show this community that they are loved.
“Something great begins in Charleston. It began last night after a few moments of evil, GOoD rushed in,” he continued. “Let us prop their arms up and pray together for this amazing community.” - See more here:  

The Reverend Al Sharpton while calling the killings as “a new low in hate” and saying “None of us are safe it we cannot go to a church for Bible study,” also offered prayers and headed to Charleston, SC. - Read more here:

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