People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday.
“If you trust only men you have lost,” he told the young people in a longcommentary about war, trust and politics, after putting aside his prepared address.
Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry at a rally of thousands of young people at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin.
“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit of distrust, doesn’t it?” he said to applause.
He also criticized those who invest in weapons industries, saying “duplicity is the currency of today … they say one thing and do another.”
Addressing the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Hillary Clinton spoke at length about the Charleston, South Carolina shooting in which a young white man murdered nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopalian Church on Wednesday, June 17. (Campaign to Unload has called this shooting a terrorist action, as it was seemingly based on racial hatred and intended to strike fear into the hearts of black Americans.)
“We can have common sense gun reforms that keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and the violently unstable while respecting responsible gun owners,” she said. “The stakes are too high, the costs are too dear, and I am not and will not be afraid to keep fighting for common sense reforms, and along with you, achieve those on behalf of all who have been lost because of this senseless gun violence in this country.” -Hillary Clinton, June 20, 2016
Read more in the Huffington Post.
Campaign to Unload Responds to Deplorable Shooting in South Carolina
Washington, DC – Last night an attack on humanity, an act of terrorism and a fatal shooting rooted in racism happened in Charleston, South Carolina when a man open fired on a bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal.
In response to the shooting last night Campaign to Unload in partnership with the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, released the following statements:
“This is much bigger than a gun violence tragedy. This is a tragedy that shines light on the prevalence of racism. We must work against the intersection of racism and gun violence, which together becomes terrorism. This cowardly act was an attack on humanity and a sin against all people of faith. Our coalition stands in solidarity with the Charleston community.” -Jennifer Fiore, Executive Director, Campaign to Unload
“We condemn this undeniable act of terrorism intended to strike fear at a time when we have stood together to declare that Black lives matter. We continue to fight for a world where young people of color can exist with full dignity, justice, and humanity in a safer and more just America. Our thoughts go out to the families of those killed and to the congregation that lost its pastor.” – Dante Barry, Director, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice