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Atlanta suspect’s church renounces crimes

A memorial outside an Atlanta-area massage parlor where a fatal shooting occured Associated Press/Photo by Candice Choi

Atlanta suspect’s church renounces crimes

Crabapple First Baptist Church in Milton, Ga., said it would discontinue 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long’s membership following his arrest in connection with fatal shootings at massage parlors. “These unthinkable and egregious murders directly contradict his own confession of faith in Jesus and the gospel,” the church said in a statement. Eight people died in the shootings on Tuesday, six of whom were women of Asian descent. The church said in a statement that it does not teach that acts of violence are acceptable against “certain ethnicities or against women” or that women are responsible for men’s sexual sin against them.

Why did the shooter attack the businesses? Police have not said much since disclosing that Long claimed to have a “sex addiction” that allegedly led him to select his targets. On Friday, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris talked with Asian American leaders in Atlanta about how the shootings affected them. “We really talked about the grief people are feeling, the fear people are feeling, the possible responses to that,” said Georgia state Rep. Martin Lim, who attended the meeting.

Dig deeper: Read Emily Belz’s report on harassment and assaults against Asian Americans in New York.

Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas.



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Big Jim

I am throwing in with Cyborg3 on this one. What this young man did was unspeakably evil and totally devastating to so many individuals and families who were impacted by his actions. And yet, Christ died for him too. And at this time he needs Him more than ever. And the Church is the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth. Not the time to be abandoning this poor and troubled soul.


Thank you. I came here to make that exact comment. The headline should be changed. 


I don't quite get it. When has the church been in the business of renouncing individuals? It is the purpose of the church to attempt to bring spiritual healing to an individual who sins (no matter the magnitude) or who is not a believer.  It would be appropriate to renounce or denounce the actions of the individual but they should attempt at bringing spiritual healing to the wayward sinner.  That is the purpose of the church. Let us pray that the church rectifies this failure and attempts to bring healing to this very confused individual and that he does find spiritual healing in all aspects of his life. 


Renounce. I don't think it means what you think.

Did you mean "Denounce"?


Do we know if these massage parlours in Georgia were owned by an Indian-born now deceased apologeticist whom I shall keep in anonymity? What type of work visa did these gals have and who paid to bring them into los Estados Unidos?