July 5th, 2012
02:39 PM ET
AME Church likens Congress’s Holder vote to ‘evil strategies’ following Reconstruction
By Jeffrey Elizabeth Copeland, CNN
Washington (CNN) - The country’s oldest black religious denomination is blasting Congress’s recent vote holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt as similar to the “evil strategies employed following the Reconstruction era.”
The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church said that House members who voted last week to condemn America’s first African-American Attorney General “have been consistently and systematically disrespectful,” in a resolution passed late last week.
The "church condemns the contemptible action taken against the office held by Attorney General Eric Holder and finds that action to be political in nature and designed, as were the evil strategies employed following the Reconstruction era, to suppress the votes of those who might change the balance of political power in Congress and in the White House,” the church said in its resolution, which was unanimously adopted during its quadrennial meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.
That meeting ended Wednesday and the resolution started attracting media attention this week.
Reconstruction refers to the effort to bring the South into the Union after the Civil War, a period that was followed by a curtailment of civil rights for Southern African-Americans.
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Church leaders are encouraging the congregation to speak out against the House resolution by contacting their members within the House of Representatives.
The statement comes after Holder was held in contempt by a largely party-line vote for the House of Representatives last week, with most Republicans voting for it and many Democrats abstaining.
Holder came under fire after refusing to release papers relating to a flawed gun-running sting operation called Fast and Furious.
The AME Church is one of the most popular black denominations in the United States.
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First lady Michelle Obama spoke to the AME conference last week, encouraging its followers to get political.
“To anyone who says that church is no place to talk about these issues, you tell them there is no place better," Obama said at the Nashville conference.
Obama later congratulated the AME religion’s efforts on fighting slavery and ending racially bias voting laws and procedures.
A Politico story about the AME resolution drew a mix of reactions:
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If all these Black Churches are going to start voiceing their political beliefs, then its time for the government to take away their tax exempt status....
POOR ERIC..THIS ONE'S FOR YOU..:0)
james, stop showing your ignorance...there is nothing ethically wrong with a church expressing political views (especially when they are in SUPPORT of the administration in charge)...however the only way they could lose their exempt status is if they started breaking federal tax exemption laws...which they have not...so stuff it.
When the Church comes together, we get on well together!
Now the really friendly bit ...
We get on well with Muslims too!
We get on well with Gypsies too!
We get on well with Vampires too!
Just have a few peace offerings ready!
How to make peace at last! 🙂
It seems there are denominations that will strain at a knat and swallow a camel. Why do they turn a blind eye to his lies? I'm glad I don't belong to that demoniation.
I am glad that you don't belong to the demonation. You have no respect.