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Living an Ecumenical Life

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Dylan Storm Roof walked into Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. For almost an hour, he participated in Bible study and prayer with twelve other people. And then he stood up, pulled a .45-caliber handgun from his fanny pack, and shot ten people, killing nine of them.

As his victims begged for their lives and asked, “Why are you doing this?” he responded, “I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.” And then, when he had finished murdering nine African Americans out of hate, he turned the gun on himself, found he had no more bullets, and walked out.

Dylan Roof believed in the values upon which the countries of Rhodesia and apartheid-era South Africa were built—that white people were in every way superior to black people. He represented himself…

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