The Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Social Justice Ministry renounces, unequivocally, the mass murder of the 49 patrons of the Pulse Club in Orlando, FL on Sunday, June 12, 2016. The freedom of public assembly is a right in the United States of America, and any attempt to abridge that right, by anyone, is illegal and worthy of condemnation, not only by the agencies sworn to protect the rights of our citizens, but also by houses of faith who enjoy the benefit of this constitutional right for purposes of worship and service to humanity.
Almost a year ago, on June 17, 2015 we were faced with a similar crisis when a lone gunman entered the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC and murdered nine parishioners who were engaged in bible study. The injustice of that act pained us all and we, the nation and the world, responded with righteous indignity. The carnage of the 49 men and women who lay slaughtered last Sunday morning in Orlando warrants the same response, and compels us to stand in solidarity with our President and countless others to demand that our congress pass legislation that will prevent persons from gaining such easy access to weapons of mass destruction.
We join with our Presiding Apostle, Apostle Robert L. Sanders, Sr. and the COOLJC Board of Apostles in calling for prayer for the survivors and the many family members who are suffering the brutal loss of their loved ones.
Apostle Dr. James I. Clark, Jr., Director
Elder Van Adams, Chief of Staff