In the wake of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, a movement began across social media in support of Christians.
The shooting in Oregon was proceeded by the revelation that the gunman targeted Christians during his rampage — telling victims that they would “see god in just about one second."
Stacy Boylan, whose daughter Anastasia was wounded in the massacre, was the first to relay the terrifying details of the gunman’s motivation. Others subsequently confirmed that religion was a factor.
“Are you a Christian?' he would ask them, 'and if you are a Christian stand up,'" Boylan told CNN.
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The shooter, according to reports, described himself as “spiritual but not religious,” and often voiced his dislike for organized religion.
Following the shooting, people across social media began expressing their faith through the hashtag “#yesimachristian.”
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson even joined the movement, posting a photo of himself holding a sign proclaiming his Christian faith.
Many have speculated that the gunman’s motive, though one has not been confirmed, was centered around religion. The shooter, Chris Harper-Mercer, reportedly gave papers and a flash drive to someone at the school prior to the massacre — both of which included statements that expressed frustration and anger toward government, religion, women, black men and himself.
Anti-Defamation League regional director Hillary Bernstein released a statement commenting on Harper-Mercer’s anger toward Christians, calling it “deeply troubling.”
“If it is true that the gunman singled out victims because of their religious beliefs, it is deeply troubling and a reminder of the danger posed by those who harbor hatred and prejudice in their hearts,” Bernstein said.