|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2016
WASHINGTON (NRB) – The following statement should be attributed to Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters:
“The membership of the National Religious Broadcasters and I are heartbroken by the massacre that took the lives of at least 50 Americans yesterday in Orlando. Every person slain was an image-bearer of God, worthy of dignity and respect. We weep with those whose friends or family members have been taken from them, for those who have been injured, and for families who will never be the same.
“We also pray for the churches in the Orlando area – and those beyond who will be ministering to those affected by this tragedy – as they seek to minister love and care in the wake of this horrendous act of hatred. We also pray for first responders who administered medical, emotional, and spiritual care to the victims.
“According to reports, the perpetrator of this evil act had allied himself with the mission of the Islamic State, and ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. In the days and weeks to come, more will be learned about the exact nature of his devotion to this cause. Nevertheless, we know enough today to note with great concern that terrorism in the name of Islam has again murdered and maimed on a horrific scale. Islamic terrorism will not tolerate any people, nation, religion, philosophy, or lifestyle that will not submit. The United States and her allies must match that resolve with a greater commitment to defeat Islamic terrorism.
“In the midst of such tragedies, we cry out to our Lord Jesus Christ to bring justice and pray for a great work of the Holy Spirit that will see such darkened hearts eternally transformed by the grace of God. Maranatha.”
The following is a selection of how NRB members have responded to this tragedy:
“My prayers are with the many victims and family members who lost loved ones in the senseless shooting—now being called an act of terrorism—at a gay nightclub in Orlando early this morning. Life is precious, and we only have one chance to live our lives here on this earth.”
--Franklin Graham, President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
“Our hearts and our prayers go out to the loved ones of those who were killed and wounded in what appears to be a terrible act of Islamic terrorism.”
--Richard Land, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary
“At least fifty people—created in the image of God—were slaughtered in cold blood. Families who were waiting to see their loved ones are finding out today that they will never see them again in this life. That ought to drive us to mourn.”
--Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
“Today, we mourn the deaths of innocent Americans who were murdered by an Islamic terrorist in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The attack appears to be well planned and specifically targeted against the gay community. There is no justification for this terrible act of violence. All people, regardless of sexual orientation, have the absolute right to be secure and live safely in the United States of America. We at CBN strongly condemn this act of violence and offer our condolences to the loved ones of all those killed or injured. We also commend the Orlando Police and the FBI for their swift response, ending this nightmare and saving the lives of those they could.”
--Gordon Robertson, CEO of the Christian Broadcasting Network
“This is a time when a nation must come together, reminding that God loves all people, and all are His creation, made in His own image. All lives are precious, and because the American Family Association is known for its commitment to family values, we deeply mourn when lives are lost due to senseless violence. We know there are millions praying for the families and friends of the victims, and we ask all to join together with them and for those who are wounded, that a healing of both the body and the community will be reality.”
--Tim Wildmon, President of American Family Association
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