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#YesImAChristian Trends on Social Media after Oregon College Shooting

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Monday, October 5, 2015

#YesImAChristian Trends on Social Media after Oregon College Shooting

Last week’s shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon prompted some Christians to take to social media to show their support.

Christians posted #YesImAChristian following the mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon where a gunman reportedly asked students if they were Christian before he killed nine.

According to Buzzfeed News, the gunman told them they would “see God in just about one second.” The gunman was 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer.

So far, authorities have not released an official motive for the shooting at the community college, but his “religious inquisition of his victims has, for many Christians, already answered that question,” Buzzfeed News said.

“If it is true that the gunman singled out victims because of their religious beliefs, it is deeply troubling and a reminder of the danger posed by those who harbor hatred and prejudice in their hearts,” said Hilary Bernstein, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Pacific Northwest division.

According to reports, Harper-Mercer wrote online about his anger with government, religion, women and black men. He was critical of the Black Lives Matter movement and expressed sympathy for the television anchor who shot and killed two of his former co-workers on air a few weeks ago.

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Publication date: October 5, 2015