Message from the Mayor

Woke up Sunday morning to the news that our nation is once again the victim of a Islamic terrorist. In Orlando, 50 of our American citizens are dead. There are 53 injured. Those number may go up as the day goes on.

As I flip between the different media reporting on the event, you have some who claim they want to be cautious about saying this is an Islamic attack, but other media is reporting witnesses are telling law enforcement that the piece of dung was pledging his allegiance to ISIS.

Then you have those that want to debate gun control. You have those are urging caution in laying this at the foot of the “religion of peace.”

Folks, 50 of our American citizens are dead and that makes it the worst mass shooting murder in our nation's history. And this is not the time for us to debate gun control.

I'm also sickened by some who are saying because this happened at a gay nightclub that “they've reaped what they sow.” How un-Christian is that? For those who want to say such, I'm going to remind us all of the words of Christ when He was asked what is the great commandment in the law saying: "Master, which is the great commandment in the law? "Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

These words tell us that we worship of God of love and we are too love one another.

On behalf of Maggie and myself and the city of Opp, we offer prayers for the souls of those slaughtered this morning. We offer prayers for those that are wounded. We offer our prayers for their families and friends. And we pray that this opens the eyes of those who refuse to see that there are people in this world that want us all dead. The war between radical Islam is here folks. It has now affected our neighbors in Florida. 

Also, if you can make it to a blood donor center, there is a desperate need for blood for the central Florida region, so please go to a center and give.

God bless the city or Orlando and God bless America.

  Mayor John Bartholomew





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