Nine Dead After Church Shooting In Charleston

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The spiritual community that wowed the world with its forgiveness in the face of the darkest evil came together Sunday morning and celebrated history — both recent and past.

They worshiped for the first time since the Confederate flag came down on the Capitol grounds on Friday. Its removal was prompted in large part by the horror that unfolded last month in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, or Mother Emanuel, as it’s often called.

That was when a white racist who glorified the Confederate flag gunned down and killed nine people, including the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a state senator who had waged a battle against the flag’s presence.

For this flock, the victory was personal.

“I do want to take this opportunity to thank the governor of South Carolina,” said the Rev. Norvel Goff, the interim pastor. “Thank you for taking down the flag, because we are one people, one nation, under God.”

The sanctuary erupted in cheers.

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