Scientology Rev. Bob Adams delivered a prayer last night at a vigil for the victims of the San Bernardino shooting.
The Inland Empire community came together last night when more than 4,000 attended a vigil at San Manuel Stadium to pray for the victims and families of Wednesday’s mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, CA, 60 miles east of Los Angeles, that claimed the lives of 14 people and injured 17.
“Thousands of Scientologists throughout the Southland join me in decrying this senseless violence,” said Rev. Bob Adams, a Public Affairs Director of the Church, at the vigil. “While the safety of our communities is paramount,” he added, “we must not succumb to fear or hate. This is not an issue of religion. The taking of a life is forbidden by every faith. Now is a time for mourning and tolerance, not retribution.”
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Multi faith prayer vigil for victims in San Bernardino tonight. Theme is "surrounded by love " pic.twitter.com/xzSl2WhjF6
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Thousands gathered in San Bernardino last night at a candlelight and prayer vigil to honor victims of the massacre. pic.twitter.com/C87h4zp0ff
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“The thoughts of Scientologists everywhere are with San Bernardino tonight,” continued Rev. Adams, who urges meeting the tragedy with greater communication and understanding, in keeping with the Scientology Prayer for Total Freedom:
“May the author of the universe enable all men to reach an understanding of their spiritual nature.
“May awareness and understanding of life expand, so that all may come to know the author of the universe.
“And may others also reach this understanding which brings Total Freedom.
“At this time, we think of those whose liberty is threatened; of those who have suffered imprisonment for their beliefs; of those who are enslaved or martyred, and for all those who are brutalized, trapped or attacked.
“We pray that human rights will be preserved so that all people may believe and worship freely, so that freedom will once again be seen in our land.
“Freedom from war, and poverty, and want; freedom to be; freedom to do and freedom to have.
“Freedom to use and understand Man’s potential—a potential that is God-given and Godlike.
“And freedom to achieve that understanding and awareness that is Total Freedom.
“May God let it be so.”