"Today, an official from Washington D.C. flew in to Oklahoma to present a special thank you to the Muslim congregation. He read a message from President Barrack [sic] Obama, extending warm greetings from the American people during the Muslim holiday.
“Your service is a powerful example of the powerful roots of the Abrahamic faiths and how our communities can come together with shared peace with dignity and a sense of justice,” President Barack Obama said.
The Imam, the leader of the prayer service, stated during his sermon that the Muslim faith has been called a “cancer that needs to be cut off from the American society.” Now, with the recent praise, Oklahoma Muslims have been reassured that they are apart of the American society."In light of the President's letter, I'd like to offer my own to Southgate Baptist Church, Moore, Oklahoma, the church who hosted Colleen's funeral last Friday and ministered to the Hufford family during their time of grief.
Dear Pastors and People of Southgate:
Few Oklahomans know how you opened your facilities and hearts to the Colleen Hufford family after her tragic death at Vaughan Foods. Due to the proximity of your church to the cemetery where Colleen was buried, due to the size of your auditorium which was large enough to hold the hundreds of people who came to pay their respects and show their love to Colleen's husband, children, grandchildren and other family members, and most of all, due to your Oklahoma sized-hearts that care for people during their darkest hours, your church deserves a letter of praise and thanks.
Your service to the community of Moore and greater Oklahoma City is a powerful example of the powerful roots of the Christian faith, particularly because you have modeled the love and grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He taught us to love our enemies, to do good to those who persecute us, and to treat others, even strangers, the way we ourselves would desire to be treated.
Though your staff had never met the Hufford family until after the tragic events leading to her death in Moore, Oklahoma, your shining example of love and mercy toward complete strangers is something deserving of praise.
On behalf of all Oklahomans, thank you for modeling the kind of faith that formed the foundation of our great country.
May God continue to bless your congregation.
In Christ's love and grace,