White churches uncommonly quiet after Zimmerman verdict
The Rev. Anthony Evans of the National Black Church Initiative leads a demonstration outside the Department of Justice.
July 20th, 2013
08:27 AM ET

White churches uncommonly quiet after Zimmerman verdict

By Jeffrey Weiss, special to CNN

(CNN) Even before the jury read their verdict acquitting George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a number of black religious leaders had responses at the ready.

The voices of white pastors and predominantly white churches and religious groups? Much harder to find.

Nearly a week later, some denominations that often weigh in on matters of national policy have yet to go on the public record. It's particularly notable in the leadership of the Catholic Church, the country's largest religious body.

Admittedly, the flood of responses from black religious leaders was a partly a function of where the TV cameras were pointed.

Familiar figures such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson hit Twitter moments after the verdict was released.

Less familiar figures, such as Pastor Michael McBride, head of the PICO Lifelines to Healing Campaign, immediately issued a call for peaceful demonstrations. McBride had also prepared a tool kit for "Hoodie Sundays" in honor of Martin before Saturday night's verdict.

The Rev. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor at the famed Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, preached a sermon about Martin's death on Sunday. 

Others took longer to react.

National Council of Churches President Kathryn Lohre took a couple of days to release a statement about the “shocking impunity granted by a Florida jury to a man who stalked and killed a black child.”

Similarly, the two largest Protestant denominations in America took several days to figure out their responses.

By Tuesday, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the first African-American leader of that body, offered a bland quote to his denomination’s official news service.

"Some people are upset, angry and frustrated, while others are in full support of the verdict, so where does the church fit in? The church should be there to pray for both families, the city of Sanford, and our nation," said the Rev. Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans.

Russell Moore, head of the convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, took a stronger stand, saying that regardless of the verdict, Zimmerman was wrong to take “upon himself some sort of vigilante justice.”

Several bishops, white and black, from the United Methodist Church rapidly offered their thoughts on the denomination’s website. That included the white bishop for the area that includes Sanford, Florida, where Zimmerman shot Martin.

But other organizations where reactions might have been expected still haven’t posted anything.

Where’s the response from the Union of Reform Judaism? Where’s a comment from the leaders of the Episcopal Church?** What’s the position of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America?

Those, however, are religious groups that represent relatively few Americans. The largest claims fewer than 5 million members.

The most notable silence is from the American Catholic hierarchy, who head a church that claims to have nearly 70 million members.

It’s not necessarily surprising that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has not issued a  comment. The conference is large and sometimes moves slowly.

But it has committees that can be more nimble.

The day after Vermont legalized assisted suicide, for instance, Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, warned of a "slippery slope" and urged Catholics to fight the future passage of such laws.

But there’s been nothing I can find from any Catholic committees this week.

Nothing from Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the conference president. Nothing from the bishops’ Subcommittee on African American Affairs. Nothing from Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, former president of the conference and the first black man to hold the office.

In fact, when I searched the web for “Catholic” and “Bishop” and “Trayvon” and “Zimmerman” and “verdict” over the past week, I found only one bishop on the record: Retired Bishop John H. Ricard of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, now president of the National Black Catholic Congress. And that wasn't until Friday.

Ricard told Catholic News Service that it is proper for the church to encourage prayers for Martin and his family and Zimmerman and his family - "his life will never be the same either."

He also said that he didn't see a place in the church to foster interracial dialogues to deal with the vastly different understandings of the verdict by many whites and blacks.

It’s not as if there isn’t a logical opening for Catholic leaders to offer an opinion. Zimmerman, after all, is a former Catholic altar boy, according to news reports.

The official catechism of the church includes a section, 2263, on the right to self-defense. And individual bishops have not been reluctant in the past to speak out on questions of racial justice.

I did locate a parish priest who gingerly approached the topic: The Rev. Richard Voor serves at All Souls Catholic Church in Sanford, Florida, where the Trayvon Martin trial was held.

On Sunday, the day after the verdict, he focused his homily on the parable of the Good Samaritan.

It’s a story that turns racial profiling on its head, of course. The hero of the tale, the Samaritan, belonged to a group that was a persecuted minority 2,000 years ago.

For several minutes, Voor circled rhetorically around the elephant in the room, talking about compassion and mercy and unpacking the historical understanding of the story.

“If somebody does something to us we kind of react and react badly sometimes and then we react back. You know how that goes? It’s called the circle of violence,” he said. “It happens between families, it happens between countries, it happens between groups of people.”

Finally, Voor addressed directly the subject his parishioners were surely thinking about:

“I would suggest to you, especially what we’ve all been through in Sanford in the past 17 months, that what we need is compassion," the priest said. "Because people are all invested in one way of looking at that whole situation or the other way…this has really affected everybody."

Jeffrey Weiss is an award-winning religion reporter in Dallas. 

** After this article was posted, an Episcopalian noted that the church's COO, Bishop Stacey Sauls, had a written a blog post about the verdict on July 15. You can read it here

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  1. Thought Purification

    here we go again, black church, white church, chinese church..............these so called churches have done the biggest damage in creating rifts between people in human history.

    July 20, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
    • niknak

      No, that would be religion that has done the most damage to human society.

      July 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
  2. blackness for dummies

    This is so simple to understand when you don't care about blackness. Everyone rallys around Travon and says it's a racial issue, riots, attacks and years in court because "it just has to be a racial issue".

    Fine, Kayne West did much the same thing just hours ago, and he's black and wearing a hoodie too at the time. He was only asked questions, but this time, in front of lots of people and lots of cameras, and Kanye turned around, walked towards the person asking, stopped, talked some, then walking more towards him and then chased and beat him up.

    Both are the same situations, questions turned into violence, both were blacks being asked, by whites, and the whites were attacked. In the Kayne West incident, it's on video and you can't deny it happened. In the Travon incident, there are multiple witnesses, but being blackness related, nobody believes witnesses anymore, or courts, or police, or injuries, or self defense, or evidence, or anything... because only blackness matters.

    Both incidents are racial... or they aren't. You tell me, is Kayne West, Travon, or the president? It's your blackness issue you want everyone to rally around. I don't care at all, but I'm told constantly I must care, over years, and I still don't want to care, even today.

    July 20, 2013 at 11:57 am |
    • bostontola

      We're you valedictorian?

      July 20, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
      • bostontola

        auto spell check.

        July 20, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
    • Elise

      Your use of "blackness" is incredibly patronizing. If you want to be a racist, so be it; expecting people to applaud is something else entirely.

      July 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
      • blackness for dummies

        Blackness people are those that put all of life's experiences in one context: black verses non black.

        No one else cares about their own race or anyone elses. I can find beautiful people in all races and locations around the world. I can also find people that want life's experiences put into racial divides and riots. If you are going to riot and beat up hispanics over Travon, do the same for Kayne West, he too was asked questions and chased after and attacked a white person.

        How many people will be hurt because Kayne West was asked a question by an unarmed white cameraman that Kayne beat up?

        Why doesn't everyone put Kayne's actions in the same racial riot starting blender? Will Farakan ask a million men to march for Kayne's hoodie attack? Will Sharpton have Obama's son Kayne on national TV to describe the ordeal he survived, the questions?

        Blackness... what would I do without it. So many times I wanted to tell people "I don't care about blackness, you can't make me care about it! Stop telling me about how I need to care about it!". When was the last time an Asian demanded you care about them being Asian? How about anyone else? Whites? Hispanics? Nobody else cares.

        July 20, 2013 at 1:09 pm |

  3. I saw the most beautiful white church in Alabama on the grounds of a large coal mine. It was sparkling white, while all around it was a sort of lifeless moonscape with large mounds of gleaming black coal. It was uncommonly quiet. No movement at all. It reminded me of a similar scene on Montserrat where an old church was partly buried by a pyroclastic flow many years ago.

    July 20, 2013 at 11:56 am |
  4. Steve

    The Catholic Church is very clear on these things in that only God is able to hand out justice. Man is only capable of vengeance. Thus it makes sense for the Catholic Church to be silent on such a gray area. Now if there is an obvious injustice I think it is fine to say something. The problem is this is not obvious or it would not be contentious.

    What is more important for these black denominated churches? The saving of souls or the extraction of a pound of flesh through vengeance? They have made it very clear that is the only end game they will accept. They are not much better then Cromwell in a "Man for all Seasons". Until they can come up with some excuse to put Zimmerman away via old laws, twisting current laws, or making new laws they will not be satisfied.

    July 20, 2013 at 11:52 am |
    • bostontola

      Steve's statement above represents why we need a secular society. This kind of wacky delusion would result in chaos in this life, but don't worry, it will all get sorted out in the next. No thanks.

      July 20, 2013 at 11:58 am |
      • lionlylamb2013

        Boston to LA...

        Your unwarranted feeble mindset is post dementia at its finest... In richness of infidelities commonly held; unsound reasoned rationalisms might lead you but who would want to follow?...

        July 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
        • bostontola

          Thanks, coming from I'll take it as a compliment.

          July 20, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
    • lionlylamb2013

      Brotherly Steve...

      The mental deliriums and traumatic dementias around socialisms renegades are arbitrarily uncompromising around the very generalized lusters of commonly entrenched integrities... While I believe in socialized justifications, Florida has a law which allows one to stand one's ground(s) whenever such confrontational conditions appear...It seem quite apparent that the law was justifiably ordained by said trial's jurors verdict... Like you said, the (mostly black btw) social mobs want a pound of flesh instead of seeking Gods' unmovable severing justifications... Who's now playing the racist cards?...

      July 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
    • niknak

      How clear is the catholic church on pedophilia, Steve?

      July 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
      • lionlylamb2013

        How clear is the world's stance upon child slavery issues in third world countries where the rich old folks go seeking sensual pleasures from enslaved children?

        July 20, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
        • niknak

          You support that slavery everyday Cowardly Lion, when you shop at Mal Wart to get you cheap shinny Chinese child labor cr ap.

          July 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
        • lionlylamb2013


          Here within the farmers' fields of the USA, their children work alongside their parents and their farmhands... To be honest, I see no irrationalities in any country that utilizes children for work and not for the sensual pleasures of the elderly rich folks which btw come from well off countries/nations including the USA... To employ children for menial tasks that older folks would not care to do in order to bring home the family bacon seems an honorable trait... Being between the rock and a hard place is where many nations' families find themselves being in within the today world's global economic conditionings...

          July 20, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
  5. bostontola

    This article is yet another example of CNN sensationalizing. Now its a story because organizations didn't make a comment. This goes beyond fanning flames, now CNN is pouring kerosene, lighting it, and fanning the flames. What happened to Trayvon Martin is horrible, but its shameful how CNN is exploiting it.

    July 20, 2013 at 11:32 am |
  6. Colin

    Trayvon received his justice what Trayvon should have been looking for was grace.

    July 20, 2013 at 11:30 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      It's kind of off-putting to see this guy posting using this handle. Colin, the more established one, is an exceptionally sharp fellow.

      July 20, 2013 at 11:34 am |
    • .

      Grace? GRACE? What an absurd statement. You're saying Trayvon DESERVED what he got? He received his JUSTICE? I hope you receive the same kind of justice, sweetie.

      July 20, 2013 at 11:36 am |
    • Colin

      Go beat your tom tom you think there is only one colin on the planet?

      July 20, 2013 at 11:37 am |
      • .

        You're acting more like a colon. Your statement about Trayvon was ignorant.

        July 20, 2013 at 11:41 am |
      • Athy

        Actually, it's very easy to tell which Colin is posting, the dumb one or the smart one. It's obvious after the first three or four words.

        July 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • Colin

      I do not seek justice I seek grace.
      We all deserve justice.
      Grace is much preferred.
      Justice leads us to eternal death.
      Grace is the better word.

      July 20, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  7. Colin

    This just in...
    ...Trayvon is still dead...

    July 20, 2013 at 11:13 am |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    July 20, 2013 at 11:03 am |
    • Observer

      According to the Bible, here's how God treats children:

      (Ezekiel 9:3-6) “The Lord said to the man in the linen robe, "Walk through the city of Jerusalem and mark the forehead of anyone who is truly upset and sad about the disgusting things that are being done here." He turned to the other six men and said, "Follow him and put to death everyone who doesn't have a mark on their forehead. Show no mercy or pity! Kill men and women, parents and CHILDREN."

      July 20, 2013 at 11:10 am |
      • lionlylamb2013

        Sired Ob...

        Your quoting of scriptures with intentions to rile up the people's imaginative waywardness with controversial criticisms of unsoundness virtuosities is quite demeaning... For the majored repugnancies around someone dying by the hands of another is a "Caine slew Abel" synopsis... Surely within our world of religious abstentions or restraining from fevered encroachments upon being a victimization of social persecutions was within neither of these two's arbitrary mindsets at the time of their Acts...

        July 20, 2013 at 11:46 am |
    • niknak

      Obviously not, as I have been praying for you to never come back, and yet here you are.

      July 20, 2013 at 11:13 am |
    • justice for all

      Poor niknak, the only prayer God would hear from you is the sinners prayer of repentance. After you are born into Gods family you can talk to God on any subject you wish. Opposing prayer will not be on your agenda.

      July 20, 2013 at 11:20 am |
      • .

        Hey, "justice", wanna have a talk with your racist brethren "blackness" about prayer and forgiveness? Oh, that's right. You're the same person.

        July 20, 2013 at 11:27 am |
      • justice for all


        July 20, 2013 at 11:28 am |
      • niknak

        There is no such law or thing.
        Yet another made up boogie man from your book of magic spells to keep the sheep like you all in a row.

        A mind is a terrible thing to lose, to religion.....

        July 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
        • lionlylamb2013


          Could you at least one time here post a "rational view" instead of always posting irrational dementias...? You distasteful retentions are felt as being hostile and should be shunned...

          July 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
  9. blackness

    Do all blackness people have to wear the hoodie? What if I dont want to? I feel like I am 4 years old with a hoodie on, snot running out of my nose, no tissue or mom around to wipe my nose. Do I have to beat up any white people that ask a question? Why do I have to do that?

    Sharpton? Farakan? Jackson? Any of you rearends want to tell me what Jesus said to do at times like this?

    July 20, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • niknak

      Why don't you ask Mark Zuckerburg from Facebook about it, he only wears hoodies.
      So did Rocky in his movies.
      You crack er

      July 20, 2013 at 11:12 am |
    • .

      Gonna start posting as your favorite alter-ego, Nate Higgers, you racist POS?
      You gonna seriously try to say you've never worn a zip-up sweatshirt?

      You're acting like a snot-nosed 4 year old.

      July 20, 2013 at 11:24 am |
    • lionlylamb2013


      July 20, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • Kindness

      Jesus would tell you not to confront people who aren't doing you any harm. He would also tell you to cut the nonsense and don't wear the damn hoodie if you don't want to, and to quit impersonating a black person on the net.

      The blackness is your soul. Fool.

      July 20, 2013 at 11:31 am |
  10. niknak

    That is because cra cker white people got what they wanted, which was another black person in the grave.
    Stand your ground laws really mean legally shoot black people.

    I work with cra cker white people and they were all giddy when the verdict came out.
    Because they too want to be able to legally shoot a black person.
    They all own multiple guns for just that purpose.
    And they are all fervent Christians too.

    July 20, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • Thought Purification

      dumb comment.

      July 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
      • niknak

        Not dumb at all.

        I bet you own guns, and I bet you would love to use them to shoot someone, preferably a black someone.

        July 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
  11. blackness

    Kayne West:

    On video hours ago, being asked a question from a white cameraman, beat him up and he had to go to the hospital. The white camerman only asked questions, that's all he did as he backed away, continuously backing up before he was attacked violently.

    Travon Martin:

    No video, several witnesses said he was on top of a white guy that just before did the injustice that deserves death, he asked a blackness hoodie person (Travon is Obamas son and Mr. West's adopted son unless he's Obamas future father in the North West) and began punching Zimmerman in the face then slamming his head into the pavement.

    Do not ask blackness people questions, hispanics. Write it down, because if you forget this, you can spend 2 years in jail, incredible court expenses, and have your life threatened and rioting in the streets.

    Questions... talking... oy vey.

    July 20, 2013 at 10:33 am |
    • niknak

      Oh yeah, white people have been so kind over the years to black people.
      Lets just forget slavery. I bet those slaves were happy to leave Africa.
      Lets just forget Jim Crow. Who wouldn't want 40 acres and a mule?
      Lets just forget all the lynchings. Swinging from a tree is fun!
      Lets just forget being separate but equal. The back of the bus is where the cool kids sit.
      Lets just forget having crosses burned in your yard. Christmas in the summer time.
      Lets just forget driving while black. Must be a good reason they got pulled over.
      Lets just forget about the KKK. Halloween costumes.
      Lets just forget about Rodney King. Black police officers beat down white motorists all the time.
      Lets just forget Donald Byrd. I bet he liked being dragged to death.

      Face it big ot, racism goes only one way in.

      July 20, 2013 at 11:06 am |
      • blackness for dummies

        Blackness people are the only ones that care about blackness. We're all Travon wearing hoodies, we're all Obama's uncle, we're all Kayne West beating up a white cameraman asking questions and sending him to the hospital before the police make the arrest. We're all pointless doing any of that. You can't make me care about blackness, hoodies, or beating up someone that asks a question. It is a Farakan given right to attack if someone asks. It is a Jackson command from above that justice shall be served in a riot. We're all Sharpton's to the core... we are all blackness and proud of blackness, just because we care about it and you don't.

        That's what it looks like to me above, because a modern day jury, court system, police force, and government reviewed it over 2 years and found person X was just as innocent the last time it was reviewed, as the first time. Kanye West's attack is just another example that will be spun out as a racial issue rather than a stupidity and violence issue... when someone simply asks a question.

        Jesus said to turn the other cheek and to turn and walk away, I think he was right.

        July 20, 2013 at 11:32 am |
        • How NOT to act white


          July 20, 2013 at 11:45 am |
        • blackness for dummies

          I want to know when the blackness people will say what Jesus said. When will the rearends Jackson, Farakan, and Sharpton, look at an actual bible and read what Jesus said, and repeat it to others?


          I don't care about blackness, I never have, and never will.

          July 20, 2013 at 11:47 am |
        • Jeff

          It's not "blackness", they are black PEOPLE, and if you don't care about them, why are you continuing to comment on them?

          And your fraking idol Zimmerman should have turned around and walked away. He didn't. Gonna start railing about his innability to do what Jesus said? No. Because the endgame is that you agree with him.
          You are making yourself look more and more absurd by the moment.

          July 20, 2013 at 11:59 am |
        • blackness for dummies

          Go watch the Kayne West video. I can easily mentally swap in Travon and Zimmerman in that video. In the video the cameraman ran backwards 3 times before being attacked by Kayne West. Other cameras were going too recording it.

          Zimmerman didn't have any cameramen around him, but he did have injuries and witnesses. Martin had no other injuries on him than on those on his fists.

          Travon could have been Kanye West, and visa versa. If you want to own Travon due to blackness, you have to own Kayne West too when he does the exact same thing... with an unarmed victim.

          July 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
  12. blackness

    My race card says right here, if a white asks a questions, and I'm blackness, and wearing a hoodie, and I'm Travon's son, Obama or Mr. West, then the white guy can have his head collapsed, first with my fist, and then the concrete slamming to finish him off.

    It's on the Kayne West video, watch it, learn about the injustice of blackness questions.

    July 20, 2013 at 10:20 am |
    • candy

      Where you there when it happen??!!

      IF Martin did beat up Zimmerman face why Zimmerman DID NOT go to the hospital??!!

      Zimmerman has beaten his own face up to make it look like Martin did it!!

      July 20, 2013 at 10:30 am |
    • blackness

      I have often contemplated blackness and thinking it over, I still don't care about it. I do know that if someone asks a blackness person a question, they might get a fist in their face and their head slammed on the pavement, they also might get beat up and sent to the hospital if they're holding a camera. Being Obama's son is just something we all have to deal with, along with the hoodie, it's like being 4 years old forever. I want to grow up, I really do.

      July 20, 2013 at 10:48 am |
      • Mark

        You are no more black than Snow White is. Cut out your thinly disguised racism and take your own advice. Grow up.

        July 20, 2013 at 11:06 am |
      • blackness for dummies

        If it's agreement you're after, yes, I agree.

        blackness for dummies

        July 20, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
  13. ccs2000

    Why does it feel that CNN is attempting to evoke more race relations from the outcome of this trial than what actually exists?

    July 20, 2013 at 10:20 am |
    • woodlander2

      CNN wants non-black churches to stoke up the emotion on this issue so that they can continue the coverage and hopefully improve their dismal ratings. The proper response from the churches is that the justice system has spoken and the church should console and pray for the Martin and Zimmerman families for healing.

      July 20, 2013 at 10:27 am |
  14. meme2

    There is no such thing as a white church. All people are welcome in the house of God.

    July 20, 2013 at 10:18 am |
    • niknak

      Are you joking?

      A black person would be about as welcomed in a white church as much as they would be moving into a white neighborhood.

      Sunday is the most segregated day in America.

      July 20, 2013 at 11:10 am |
      • Mark

        Hell YEAH it is.

        July 20, 2013 at 11:17 am |
  15. Perhapsif

    So far this year, 47 school aged children have been shot in Chicago, and another 192 have been wounded. The majority of these victims are black. Where is the media outrage? Where are the CNN stories showcasing these victims?

    July 20, 2013 at 10:16 am |
  16. Joe Weissenhausen

    What is with CNN beating this dead horse?

    Two 20 year olds were slaughtered by a black suspect wearing a hoodie in Dearborn, Michigan a few days ago. Where's the outrage CNN?

    July 20, 2013 at 10:15 am |
    • marco fontana


      July 20, 2013 at 10:25 am |
      • Athy

        Turn of your damn caps lock, marco. It makes you look stupid. Are you?

        July 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • Perhapsif

      Or perhaps CNN can do a follow up story from earlier this year about the two black kids(15 and 17) in Georgia who earlier this year shot a 13 month old white child in the face while robbing the mother because her she didn't have any money to give them.

      July 20, 2013 at 10:49 am |
  17. blackness

    I don't even know if I want Obama to be my son. I haven't even thought about it until now. But if anyone asks me any questions and they're white, what should I do? Blackness dictates that I should show them my fist, up close, so they nose it's an injustice. I should give them concrete evidence that asking blackness people questions when they're wearing a hoodie, could give them a headache. Blackness people are all Travon and Obama and Mr. West, all sons of each other's blackness. I don't care though, I'm not hispanic so I don't have to care.

    You can't make me care about blackness, CNN.

    July 20, 2013 at 10:14 am |
    • Jeff

      Are you the same idiot that posts as His panic, thinking you're clever? You're not.
      Knock it off with the "blackness" crap. You look ignorant.

      July 20, 2013 at 11:51 am |
  18. Skipper Sam

    Why do these protesters keep using 4 year old pictures of Martin ?

    Is it because, the most recent pictures of him do not fit their agenda ?

    July 20, 2013 at 10:13 am |
  19. Leslie Lox

    This can be significant for several reasons. Let me know if I miss any of them. The first question is, what are the real issues that are facing the black community and where do they originate? I’m talking about the events that led up to the Trayvon Martin tragedy and other tragedies as well. Are they the same issues that are causing discontent within and leading the black community on what seems to be a downward spiral? Whose responsibility is it to confront those issues? Would they be the responsibility of our black local leadership that out of respect and fraternity the white churches chooses to not comment on?

    That means that this time it’s up to us to respond and respond properly to our own predicament.

    The key is that maybe, if we are diligent, forthright and earnest, maybe but not necessarily we the people may get a word of guidance and direction. Consider with purpose that such a word should it come and it may come or it may not, is not to be taken lightly. The key is that we the people in our community must be forthright and earnest and really search to understand our dilemmas and be ready to work to solve them. That means asking really hard questions in a proper and correct forum. Here is where our local leadership comes into play.

    How many times does this very idea surface in the scriptures?

    Leslie Lox on http://www.nilopub.com and Facebook

    July 20, 2013 at 10:12 am |
  20. meme

    So what? "white" churches aren't obligated to comment. no churches commented on casey Anthony or Jodi arias either. cnn is a joke.

    July 20, 2013 at 10:09 am |
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