The 19th century Church of St Lambertus in Immerath, Germany, has been torn down despite public protests, as mosques and Islamic centres multiply across the country.
The huge building, which was “notable for its double towers and neo-Romanesque design”, according to the Catholic Herald, was demolished by the RWE mining company to make way for an opencast lignite mine.
St Lambertus and the farming village surrounding it was bought out by RWE some years ago, with the church being formally deconsecrated in 2013.
Villagers have been relocated to a new site, and provided with a new church built “according to a modern design”.
New York – There has been a lot of reaction to the mass shooting at a Texas church last weekend. Much of it has been centered around the push for more gun control.
One Oswego County group is inviting its members to bring their guns to services. Pastor Ronald Russell preaches at the Lighthouse Mexico Church of God. A sign in front of the building reads that it is “not a gun free zone.”
The church began to openly allow guns after the South Carolina church shooting in 2015. Russell says he knew that other church shootings would follow like that in Texas last week, so this is a protective measure for the church.
He says it’s about keeping his church members safe.
“Times are changing,” said Russell. “It’s not the congregation, per se, but the leadership. People say ‘well, pastor, you’re talking about killing some,’ and I say ‘well, if I don’t protect my people, I’m being complicit.’ A shooting here, that’s not going to happen.”
The church also offers training. Programs are designed to teach self defense and help identify any suspicious behavior.
“I’m no hero. I’m not,” Stephen Willeford told 40/29 News reporter Joshua Cole in a video interview on Monday. “I think my God, my Lord, protected me and gave me the skills I needed to do what needed to be done.”
The Sutherland Springs man who came face-to-face with a madman who killed 26 people in a Texas church says God protected him and gave him the skills he needed to stop more deaths. The former NRA instructor engaged Devin Patrick Kelley as he exited the church.
Texas church shooter Devin Patrick Kelley: A confirmed atheist but no concrete proof yet that he was an antifa but his LinkedIn and Facebook info shows he was left-wing CNN supporter.
What Devin Patrick Kelley had as ‘interests’ on his LinkedIn page:
Causes devin cares about:
Arts and Culture
Civil Rights and Social Action
Devin P. Kelley, who was court martialed from the U.S. Air Force, was identified as the gunman who walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday morning and murdered at least 26 people, wounding many more in the tiny, rural community near San Antonio.
The court martial was for Felony Posession of Child Pornography. CASE: [ No. 14-0387/AF. U.S. v. Devin P. KELLEY. CCA 38267] – LINK See March 10th, 2014 “Denied on Appeal”
( Daily Mail ) Two heroic locals have been praised for stopping the worst mass shooting in Texas which left at least 27 dead.
Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, was leaving First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after he opened fire on parishioners during mass when a local man grabbed his rifle.
Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin said that the neighbor, who has not yet been named, had ‘grabbed his rifle and engaged the suspect.’
Kelley fled the skirmish and got back in his SUV to flee the scene, Martin said.
But another local resident, Johnnie Langendorff, had witnessed the gun battle and both he and the unnamed neighbor jumped in his truck and gave chase.
In a Facebook post, Langendorff’s girlfriend Summer Caddel described how the pair had ‘jumped in my boyfriend’s truck and they chased that sick b*****d down in pursuit until the cops could catch up. He was able to run the shooter off of the road on 539!’
Langendorff told ABC 12 that he’d been speeding at 95mph, while on the phone to dispatch, while the neighbor kept his rifle trained on the gunman’s car.
( Heavy ) Devin P. Kelley, who was court martialed from the U.S. Air Force, was identified as the gunman who walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday morning and murdered at least 26 people, wounding many more in the tiny, rural community near San Antonio.
The shooter’s name was reported through sources by The New York Times and CBS News; the latter gave his name as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, Texas, and said the Air Force court martial occurred only three years ago. Although the motive was not yet clear, the gunman’s background includes religious school work, but he also liked pages devoted to atheism. The shooter, who is dead, left behind disturbing social media posts, including a Facebook page that showed off a rifle, calling it a “bad b*tch.”
The Shooter, Who Showed Off a Photo of a Rifle on Facebook, Once Taught Bible School
The Gunman, Who Is From Comal County, Once Wrote That He Lived By the Air Force’s ‘Core Values’
The Gunman Was Dressed All in Black & He Wrote That He Did Not Fear Death
Multiple Children Were Among the Victims, Including the Pastor’s Teenage Daughter
People Wrote Frightened Messages on Social Media As News of the Shooting Broke
( Daily Mail ) The mass shooter who opened fire during Mass inside a Texas church killing at least 27 – including a two-year-old child – has been identified as a 26-year-old former Bible study teacher who was dishonorably discharged from the US Air Force.
Devin Patrick Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, dressed in black, tactical gear with a ballistics belt and an assault rifle, and began shooting, according to local law enforcement sources.
The attack only stopped when Kelly was tackled by a heroic local man.
Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, fled in his SUV but crashed near state lines and was killed after a brief foot chase into Guadalupe County, according Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Robert Murphy.
It’s still unclear if the gunman shot himself or was taken down by a local resident.
San Antonio police raided Kelley’s home on Sunday evening, with K9 and bomb squad units.
Kelley, who was reportedly married, had recently posted a photo of an AR-15 style gun on his Facebook page with the caption: ‘She’s a bad b***h.’