Saturday, June 20, 2015
Photos of Charleston Shooter, Racist Manifesto Found on Website
One of 60 photos found on a white supremacist website registered in the name of church shooter Dylann Roof.
By Newsmax Wires | Saturday, 20 Jun 2015 04:31 PM
The 60 pictures on the site include a close-up of a .45-caliber pistol. He is accused of using a similar handgun in the church shooting.
The website surfaced as mourners arrived in Charleston from around the United States on Saturday to pay their respects to those killed.The massacre was the latest in the series of bloody mass shootings in the United State that have reignited a debate over gun control in a country where the right to own firearms is constitutionally protected.
Services were planned throughout the day ahead of a rally in Columbia, the state capital, later in the evening.
The main issue dividing the country was slavery, with the rebel Southern states of the Confederacy insisting on their right to decide for themselves whether to allow a practice that was seen as vital to their plantation economy.
Crowds gathered at the Emanuel African Methodist Church from early on Saturday. At the memorial site in front of the church, the oldest African-American congregation in the southern United States, flowers were laid six feet (two meters) deep in places.Placards and signs offered words of solace and prayer but also frustration at another act of gun violence.
Monte Talmadge, a 63-year-old U.S. Navy veteran, drove nearly 300 miles (480 km) overnight from Raleigh, North Carolina, and sat in a camping chair across the street from the church.
"There was an overwhelming feeling that made me drive here," he said. "A church is a place of worship, not a place for killing."
At a weekly farmers market in Charleston's Marion Square park, a few hundred yards (meters) from the church, residents sat shaded from the sun to eat lunch. Live music was played from a stage. Earlier a group of about 75 people gathered to for gospel singing and prayer in the park.
Residents from across the area were expected to gather in the early evening on the Ravanel Bridge, one of Charleston's main thoroughfares, connecting the city with Mount Pleasant across the Cooper River. Local organizers hoped some 3,000 people would join hands along the bridge's footpath.
A march was also planned for Saturday evening, starting at Wragg Square and ending at the Emanuel AME church a few blocks away.
The first demonstration since the shooting was scheduled for 6 p.m. in Columbia. Activists were calling for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the state house because of what some people see as its racist associations.
The flag was removed from the roof of the state house in 2000 and placed on a monument to the confederate soldier near the legislature. Calls were growing for its removal.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
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Franklin Graham: 'Godless' Hollywood Causing Gun Violence
By Sandy Fitzgerald | Saturday, 20 Jun 2015 01:32 PM
The only way to heal the nation after the massacre at Charleston's historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is to pass laws keeping "godless Hollywood" from "poisoning the minds of our young people" through violent films and video games, the Rev. Franklin Graham said Saturday.
"President [Barack] Obama’s answer to the tragic shooting of nine people in Charleston, SC, is to have more gun laws," the prominent Christian evangelist posted on his Facebook account Saturday. "With all due respect Mr. President, all of the laws in the world can’t change the human heart—only God can do that."
Much of the problem he said, lies with Hollywood, which is "responsible for glorifying gun violence on television, in movies, and in the video gaming industry. This plays a big part in our culture of gun violence today."
Instead of more gun control laws, Graham said, Congress should be asked to "pass laws against the poisoning of the minds of our young people by this godless industry?"
He asked his followers to share the post if they agreed, and as of this morning, nearly 61,000 Facebook users had hit the share button. The post was liked by nearly 100,000 people, and almost 9,000 comments had been made.
This is not the first time Graham has blamed the entertainment industry for mass shootings, rather than the nation's gun legislation. According to a 2013 Christian Postarticle, Graham then argued against further gun control laws then as well.
"Gun control proposals now circulating in Washington and in many state capitals don't address a more important issue – the constant stream of violence put forth by the entertainment industry," Graham had written on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website.
"Every year brings a flood of movies, not to mention cable and television programs, that are filled with violence. Whole segments of America's music industry make their profits from song lyrics that glorify gratuitous violence, and there is seemingly an endless number of video games that are nothing more than murder simulators."
Graham at that time reminded readers that 2,000 years ago "bloodthirsty Romans" gathered at the Coliseum to watch gladiator fights and mass slaughterings. He compared that to the present day society and how it has become "desensitized to murder and mayhem."
“Evangelicals are pro-life and deeply grieve when any weapons are used to take innocent lives,” said Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “The evangelical leaders who responded to the NAE survey support the Second Amendment right to bear arms but also want our laws to prevent the slaughter of children.”
Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham and the president of Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse, at one time backed efforts requiring background checks for all gun purchases, according toTime.com.
Two years ago, he and Dr. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission told Time they agreed to back the legislation, put forward by the Obama administration after the Sandy Hook shootings.
“As ministers, we agreed together that we could stand on a united front for universal background checks,” Graham told Time. "We think that’s reasonable and responsible.”
However, just before serving as the prayer breakfast for the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Indianapolis in April 2014, he walked back a bit on that statement, posting to Facebook that "God has already done a universal background check on all of us."
Graham said in a statement to Slate.com that he still supports background checks, "but the term universal seems to be a moving target and changes every time lawmakers propose new legislation. Not even the current background check system is working. It hinders, and in some cases, stops the sale of legitimate gun purchases by law-abiding citizens."
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