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Statement by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL Regarding the June 17, 2015 shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, resulting in the death of nine

Statement by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL Regarding the June 17, 2015 shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, resulting in the death of nine

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June 18, 2015 
 
"The Charleston massacre once again proves that there exists a war between darkness and light. When hatred and violence emerge to silence peace and love, all Americans, all humanity suffers. “Accordingly, we mourn for our brothers and sisters while we simultaneously stand up to repudiate all vestiges of hatred and intolerance. Silence is not option.
 “For at the end of the day this we know for certain; when light stands next to darkness, light always wins.” 

By: Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez
 
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The NHCLC joins together with the entire Body of Christ in mourning for the nine precious lives that were taken yesterday at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina by a deranged killer.  We express our deepest sympathy with the African-American community, and we call all Christians to recognize that these brothers and sisters in Christ were murdered not only for their racial identity, but for their Christian identity—slaughtered at church during a prayer meeting.  As prayer represents the primary locus of spiritual warfare for Christians, we recognize that they have died as martyrs, victims of a demonic attack against God’s army of peace in the world.  An attack on them is an attack on us all.  And so, we encourage all Christians to pick up the torch of prayer which has fallen from the hands of The Charleston Martyrs and pray harder still for love, reconciliation, peace, repentance and revival in America. 
 
The names of the Charleston martyrs are Cynthia Hurd, 54; Susie Jackson, 87; Ethel Lance, 70; Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49; Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45; Myra Thompson, 59. 
 
By: Dr. Joseph Castleberry  
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NHCLC/CONEL is the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization. It serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.