Update to this previous story. The shooter was a black legal immigrant from the Sudan who posted black nationalist and anti-police things on social media. The church members appear to have been white.
Via The Tennessean:
The Nashville shooting that left one woman dead and eight others wounded is now the subject of a federal civil rights investigation.
“The Memphis FBI Field Office’s Nashville Resident Agency, the Civil Rights Division, and the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee have opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee,” said David Boling, spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Nashville.
“The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence. As this is an ongoing investigation we are not able to comment further at this time.”[…]
The motive for the attack is still unclear. Samson is a native of Sudan, moving to the United States in 1996.
The more the merrier.
President Trump issued a new travel ban policy Sunday night that updates the list of countries facing severe restrictions on their citizens entering the U.S., adding Chad, North Korea and Venezuela to the majority-Muslim countries whose citizens will generally be prohibited from entering the country the administration had targeted in the earlier executive orders.
Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen remain on the restrictions list, though in some of those cases the ban is being reduced. Sudan was removed from the list altogether, while Iraq, which deemed to still be troubled, won’t face the severe effects of the ban, because the government there has tried to cooperate with the U.S.
The new policy also will once again apply the ban to those with family or other connections to the U.S., in what amounts to a test of the Supreme Court’s recent review.
“The tougher the better,” Mr. Trump said Sunday evening when asked about his hopes for the new policy.
Officials said the list is based on countries deemed “inadequate” in their information-sharing and willingness to cooperate with the U.S. when it comes to being aware of terrorists in their own countries and sharing identity information with American authorities.
Tennessee Church Killer Was Emanuel Samson From Sudan Who Posted Black Nationalist, Anti-Police Posts On Social Media
Via Daily Caller:
Nashville Police have identified the suspect of a mass shooting at a church Sunday morning as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson.
Samson is being charged with murder and multiple counts of attempted murder in the attack that killed one and left at least seven other people injured at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, a town just south of Nashville, Tenn.
Samson is a bodybuilder who attended high school in Tennessee and is originally from Karthoum, Sudan, according screenshots of the suspect’s Facebook page obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation before the account was taken down. Police say he is a legal resident and came to the U.S. in the 1990s.
Here’s a collection of some of his social media.
That is what champions do.
Via Fox News:
The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins released a statement in response to President Trump’s remarks toward athletes kneeling for the national anthem.[…]
In response, the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won the National Hockey League’s championship this past winter, said they will indeed go ahead with the customary White House visit.
On Saturday, Trump disinvited the NBA-champion Golden State Warriors player Steph Curry, which resulted in the entire team backing out of their White House visit.
The Penguins said that they as a team will “respect the institution of the office of the president and the long tradition of championship teams visiting the White House.”
“Any agreement or disagreement with a president’s politics, policies or agenda can be expressed in other ways,” the Penguins said.
Via The Score:
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a statement Sunday regarding the comments made by President Donald Trump on Friday.
At a rally in Alabama, Trump implored NFL owners to fire any player who protests during the national anthem. He told owners to “get that son of a bitch off the field,” a statement that has since been condemned by players, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and the NFLPA.
One of the few players that understands.
Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe released a statement Sunday regarding his decision to stand during the national anthem following President Donald Trump’s divisive comments on NFL players protesting, per Josina Anderson of ESPN:
“I stand because I respect the men who died in real battle so I have the freedom to battle on the field. Paying tribute to the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom is why I stand. But everyone these days likes to find a reason to protest and that’s their right. It’s America and you are free to speak your mind. I just feel it’s disrespectful to the ones who sacrificed their lives and it’s maybe the wrong platform. But like I said to each their own it’s AMERICA! The greatest country in the world and if you don’t think we are the greatest country in the world and you reside here, then why do you stay? A lot worse places in the world to call home. Proud to be an American.”
They’re not necessarily wrong.
Via Chicago Tribune:
Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.
In a 25-page letter delivered to Francis last month and provided Saturday to The Associated Press, the 62 signatories issued a “filial correction” to the pope — a measure they said hadn’t been employed since the 14th century.
The letter accused Francis of propagating seven heretical positions concerning marriage, moral life and the sacraments with his 2016 document “The Joy of Love” and subsequent “acts, words and omissions.”
NBA Players Association President: Trump Isn’t ‘Man Enough’ To Call Athletes ‘Son Of A B—-‘ To Their Face
And I doubt he's man enough to call any of those players a son of a bitch to their face…
— Chris Paul (@CP3) September 23, 2017
So sayeth the man playing a boy’s game.
Via The Hill:
Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul said Saturday President Trump isn’t “man enough” to call athletes a “son of a b—-“ to their faces after Trump used the term to describe athletes who kneel during the national anthem.
“With everything that’s going on in our country, why are YOU focused on who’s kneeling and visiting the White House??? #StayInYoLane,” Paul tweeted. “And I doubt he’s man enough to call any of those players a son of a bitch to their face…”[…]
Curry said this week he didn’t want the Warriors to visit the White House because of Trump.
The player said his reasons for not wanting to visit the White House were “that we basically don’t stand for what our president has said, and the things he hasn’t said at the right time,” according to SF Gate.
Didn’t know he was still performing.
Stevie Wonder became the latest “oppressed” multi-millionaire coddled elitist to take a knee to show solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and athletes who kneel for the National Anthem.
“Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America; but not just one knee, I’m taking both knees,” he said before he performed at the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in New York City on Saturday.
“Both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world and our globe. Amen,” he said.
He kneeled, along with his son, Kwame Morris and said he “wanted to say that prayer before I serve you my musical meal,” to rousing applause.
Masked Gunmen Shoots Up Nashville Church, 1 Killed, 8 Wounded At Nashville Church, Gunman Stopped By Church Member With Gun
Via The Tennessean:
One person was killed and eight others wounded Sunday after a man in a ski mask opened fire following a church service in Antioch.
The shooter, identified as Emanuel Kidega Samson, accidentally shot himself after he was confronted by an armed member of the congregation and is being treated at the hospital, according to Metro Nashville Police.
Police say the gunman wore a neoprene ski mask when he shot and killed a woman in the parking lot of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, as the service was ending shortly after 11 a.m. With his blue Nissan Xterra still running, the gunman then entered the rear sanctuary doors of the church and began “indiscriminately” shooting, police said.
Among those shot were three men and three women, police spokesman Don Aaron said.
The church’s minister Joey Spann and his wife, Peggy, were both injured in the shooting, said Nashville Christian School in a statement on Facebook. Spann is a Bible teacher and a high school and middle school basketball coach.
An usher confronted the shooter while inside the church and was violently pistol whipped, Aaron said. During the confrontation with the usher, the gunman shot himself in the left chest, Aaron said. The gunman is in non-critical condition and is under guard at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, he said.
After the struggle, the usher exited the sanctuary, got a gun from his vehicle and guarded the shooter until police arrived, Aaron said.
While neither Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore nor Luther Strange have ties to the Ku Klux Klan, one contributor during a panel discussion on MSNBC’s AM Joy with Joy Reid compared to the two to the white supremacist group, reports the Daily Caller.
“The choice between Strange and Moore is like deciding between the Ku Klux and the Klan,” said Jason Johnson, a journalism professor at Morgan State University.
Despite the fact that the Supreme Court of the United States has issued multiple rulings showing Trump’s travel ban to be Constitutional, Johnson went further saying “they’re both vastly Conservative people comfortable with the Muslim ban.” He added Trump is “comfortable with those sorts of people.”
The guests took his comments as a joke, laughing along.
Only 4 refused to join in.
If you’re disturbed with Trump, you don’t use insulting the flag to express that disturbance. None of the NFL players who knelt, or teams who absented them get that. But one player gets the point that you don’t disrespect the flag. And he stood with his hand over his heart, a bit like a lone superhero. Hat tip to Alejandro!
Earlier today, it was reported that the all of the Pittsburgh Steelers players would remain in the locker room while the national anthem played prior to the start of their away game with the Chicago Bears. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin explained that the team wouldn’t participate because he didn’t want to force players to choose whether or not to take part in a protest.
While the Star Spangled Banner played ahead of the contest today, all of the players did indeed stay in the locker room — except for one. Afghanistan veteran and West Point graduate Alejandro Villanueva stood at the tunnel entrance while the song was played, standing with his hand on his heart. While the rest of the players remained inside, Tomlin was seen on the sideline.
OL Alejandro Villanueva out in the tunnel standing alone for the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/fv2j06zRNL
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) September 24, 2017
The NFL picked the wrong day to take a knee.
Via White House Gov:
As we solemnly observe Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, we honor and extend our deepest gratitude to the families of military service members who gave their last full measure of devotion to our country. Gold Star families have paid the ultimate price for our Nation’s freedom with the life of their loved ones. Our grateful Nation grieves with them in their loss, but also shares their pride in the selfless service of their sons and daughters.
Our country is built on the sacrifices of men and women who have willingly raised their hand to defend our Nation and its security. As members of our Armed Forces take an oath to protect our freedoms and liberty, they understand the gravity of their commitment to defend our way of life. And when that commitment results in the ultimate sacrifice, we come together as a Nation to walk beside the devoted families left behind and help them shoulder the vast absence they forever bear. Their loved ones did not die in vain. They gave of themselves to protect and defend the freedoms we all enjoy. Despite their grief, these families bravely move forward with dignity and grace.
Despite having endured unfathomable loss, many Gold Star families have turned their sorrow into action and community outreach to help others navigate this difficult journey. Their compassion, courage, determination, and strength inspire us all.
When the last rifle volley is fired, the final note of Taps echoes and fades away, and the carefully-folded National Colors are presented, it is our sacred duty to stand with these patriotic families to ensure they receive the care, compassion, and respect they have earned. On this day of remembrance, we pay tribute to those brave men and women in uniform who died protecting our great Nation, and we stand with the families who nurtured and loved them. Gold Star families have our sympathy, but more importantly, they have our respect and our gratitude.
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) September 24, 2017
In response to President Trump’s comments, the Pittsburgh Steelers will not participate in the National Anthem on Sunday and stay in the locker room ahead of the team’s game in Chicago.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told CBS Sports that players shouldn’t have to “play politics.”
“We’re football players, we’re football coaches. We’re not participating in the anthem today,” Tomlin said. “Not to be disrespectful to the anthem, but to remove ourselves from this circumstance. People shouldn’t have to choose. If a guy wants to go about his normal business and participate in the anthem, he shouldn’t have to be forced to choose sides.
“If a guy feels the need to do something, he shouldn’t be separated from his teammate who chooses not to. So we’re not participating today. That’s our decision. We’re going to be 100 percent. We came here to play a football game.”