The picture has now garnered over 1.4 million likes on Facebook and 7,400 retweets.

Carson chose to boldly express his faith after the tragic mass shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College. The murderer, 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer reportedly demanded students stand and state their religion before firing, multiple witnesses reported.

People of faith face persecution around the globe. Pastors are imprisoned in Iran and ISIS just murdered 12 Christians for refusing to renounce their faith, as Leah reported earlier today. Now, it appears hate-filled people are targeting Christians here in the States, where we have the freedom to worship.

Thanks to Dr. Carson for encouraging Christians not to be afraid to announce the most important characteristic about them.