Northern Ireland: Blasphemy

Slaughter at Elim church

The Sunday service at Elim Pentecostal Church began uneventfully enough.

Eighty spirited voices rose above the organ, singing: "Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power/ Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?" But before the worshipers had finished the first hymn, they heard a series of dull thuds. Suddenly, an elder of the church was staggering down the aisle, fatally wounded, and warning the congregation to take cover. As people dived under the benches, bullets began ripping through the thin wooden walls. When the siege was over, three churchgoers were dead and seven...

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