Marble Collegiate Church Comments on the Orlando Tragedy

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    Jun 14, 2016 12:11 AM GMT
    The staff and membership of Marble Collegiate Church stand in solidarity with the victims and victims’ families in the recent tragic and senseless hate crime in ‪#‎Orlando‬. We also hold all the people of that lovely city in our prayers.

    What happened last weekend is yet another reminder that prejudice always bears ungodly fruit. At Marble we are committed to the biblical principle that God created all people, and in the language of Genesis then pronounced: “It is good.” For us to label any group of individuals as less than that is for us to critique the Creator. Likewise, whenever anyone practices violence against others, even in the name of faith, that person has expressly rejected the central tenet of Faith: “You shall love the Lord your God, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

    May we continue to be about the business of showing the world a holy alternative to prejudice and violence. That alternative is always Love – for God and for people. That is the only force strong enough to transform the world from what it is into what it was created to be. May others see what that looks like when they see us.

    -Dr. Michael Brown
    Marble Collegiate Church
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    Jun 14, 2016 1:08 AM GMT
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    Luis Vielma worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal. He was 22 years old. I can't stop crying. #Orlando
    - J.K. Rowling
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    Jun 15, 2016 1:53 AM GMT
    Just finished watching a news segment of the young Black woman (from Philadelphia), patient Carter, who relayed that the gunman was talking to people as he shot people.

    I didn't realize until today that this went on for hours before the gunman was killed.

    The news is now covering people who had been hospitalized.

    "He wanted America to stop bombing his country."

    She was among 130 people shot in the club. She was shot in both legs. Her two friends did not survive.
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    Jun 15, 2016 2:01 AM GMT