A church is called a sanctuary because it's to be a place of refuge and respite from the earthly and because it connects us to the heavenly. The Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC became a scene of unspeakable carnage because an evil person violated the sanctuary where earth and heaven meet and turned it into a place where earth and hell meet. No civilized person can react except with revulsion at such a senseless, cowardly, and despicable act. And for it to happen in one of America's truly great and gentile cities adds to the horror. All Americans join in the condemnation of the act, but for Christians, such a horrific act is especially painful in that a place for peace and prayer has been infected with a demonic violence that desecrates a holy place. The prayers that were interrupted by a mass murderer will be continued by a grieving nation.