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Christian Leaders React to the Mass Shooting in New Zealand

Christian Leaders React to the Mass Shooting in New Zealand

At least 49 are dead and one man is being charged in a mass shooting that was carried out at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Thursday. Online accounts linked to the purported gunman circulated extreme rightwing imagery and trollish white supremacist memes that advocated for violence against Muslims and other minorities. The purported gunman livestreamed the attacks and posted a 74-page manifesto detailing his loathing of immigrants and other minorities and crediting several key far-right figures with fostering his beliefs. “Do you feel any remorse for the attack”? the author rhetorically asks himself in the manifesto. “No. I only wish I could have killed more invaders, and more traitors as well.”

His accounts have been suspended by Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. “Twitter has rigorous processes and a dedicated team in place for managing exigent and emergency situations such as this,” Twitter said in an emailed statement to Reuters. “We also cooperate with law enforcement to facilitate their investigations as required.”

Christian leaders from around the world condemned Islamaphobia and white supremacy. We will update throughout the day as more statements are made.

D.L. Mayfield, author

Shane Claiborne, author and non-violence activist

Jonathan Martin, pastor and author

Jarrod McKenna. pastor

Ed Stetzer, author and pastor

Jeremy Courtney, activist

New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops

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