PHILADELPHIA — PCHR Executive Director Rue Landau reacted to last night’s massacre at a Charleston, S.C., where nine men and women were murdered inside Mother Emanuel AME Church:
“Any act of violence is despicable, but the degree to which this suspect in Charleston, S.C. inflicted violence, pain, and apparently, hatred, on innocent men and women inside their church praying is horrifying. It should horrify every American who believes in peace and freedom.
“The African Methodist Episcopal movement, founded in Philadelphia, has a long history of pursuing and advocating for those goals, both here and abroad. This man attempted to shred our human bonds. Good people across this nation will ensure he is not successful in those efforts, starting with the authorities who worked tirelessly and swiftly to apprehend him.
“Today, we stand with those grieving the victims. And we support and invite the public to join efforts for healing, including the interfaith service at 7 p.m. tonight at Mother Bethel AME Church, led by the Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler.”