Social media explodes in support
Upon learning that the Oregon shooter had asked his victims to state their religion before killing Christians on the spot, Dr. Ben Carson posted his own response to Facebook on Friday: Yes, #IamAChristian.
Within hours, the post had generated “70,000 shares and more than half a million likes”—as of this writing, those numbers are 130,000 shares and nearly a million likes (930k).
The Daily Mail is reporting that thousands of people are declaring their Christianity on Facebook, Instagram, and on Twitter. They write:
Thousands have now begun to share the same hashtag with photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
‘Today, many of your questions were in regards to the sorrowful event that took so many precious lives in Oregon yesterday. We don’t have all the details yet, but as time passes more are coming out,’ wrote Carson on Facebook.
‘Millions of people are posting pictures of themselves declaring they are Christians in support of the victims and their families. I did so on Facebook this afternoon. If you have a moment, please consider doing it as well.’
Dr. Carson urged his Facebook followers to change their profile image “to honor the victims and their families”:
The Twitter feed for #IamAChristian is alive with tweets by people expressing their support.
— miranda torres (@mirandatorres28) October 3, 2015
— Daniel Newman (@dwnewman15) October 3, 2015
— Jordan Clementi (@JordanRClementi) October 3, 2015
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