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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. gthog61

    Why the Hell would anybody expect them to say anything about it? It's irrelevant to everybody but the media.

    July 20, 2013 at 9:59 pm |
  2. Huh

    Why are there "white churches" and "black churches", does that seem weird to anyone? We don't "white" and "black" Barnes and Noble book stores.

    July 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
  3. Al

    One year ago today, James Holmes shot up a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. He was Lutheran. I don't recall Lutheran churches or other churches speaking out against the shooting. I also don't recall a CNN article about Lutheran churches being quiet on the issue.

    July 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
    • Where is your logic?

      If he were a vegetarian would you have expected a protest from PETA?

      July 21, 2013 at 6:43 am |
  4. What a pathetic bunch of crap

    "White" churches???
    A little reverse racism going on here, I think.
    Those "Black" churches are racist.
    RACIST BLACK CHURCHES
    -----------
    How can any black person complain about Zimmerman being acquited supposedly due to racism and yet celebrate OJ Simpson literally getting away with murder because some black jurors decided to be RACIST and LET OJ FREE just because he was a BLACK wife-beater who MURDERED HIS WHITE EX-WIFE – and somehow THAT'S OKAY.
    ------------
    No, all you black racist pieces of sh** can just SHUT THE F-UP about zimmerman if you also think OJ should have gotten away with killing a white woman.
    If OJ's ex-wife had been BLACK ....those racists in the jury probably would STILL have let him go.
    ------------
    These "BLACK" churches are RACIST and are PROUD OF BEING RACIST.
    NOTHING THEY SAY ABOUT RACISM IS WORTH LISTENING TO.

    Tell me again about OJ, Mr Black Preacherman. Tell me his wife being white meant nothing to you. Yeah, right.
    Tell me you didn't celebrate OJ getting away with murdering a white person and maybe I'll consider your words.
    --------------
    Why "white" churches aren't saying much on this Zimmerman case?
    Because there are no WHITE churches you stupid c****!
    If any church DARED to call themselves something like the "White Southern Baptist Church" the cries of racism would overflow.
    But oh, no, BLACK CHURCHES can be as RACIST AS THEY WANT....because they are surrounded by stupid people who refuse to call them on this blatant racism that permeates their whole worldview.
    What is a supposed "white" church even supposed to say about some distant criminal case in Florida? Why should they care? Why should anyone care when all the black racists are screaming about the latino racists and stumbling over the fact that Zimmerman is not white?
    Gosh, how does that racism work again? Hmmmm

    July 20, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
  5. Russell Dee

    Martin tried to kill Zimmerman by banging Zimmerman's head into concrete. Zimmerman defended himself. He shot Martin to stop Martin from killing him. Martin was not going to stop on his own. Zimmerman was found not guilty and should have been found not guilty.

    July 20, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
    • Don

      Absolutely right...you think CNN would at least TRY to be honest with the truth of the matter...but no, they LOVE emotional reactionaries bathing in the ignorance they peddle as truth.

      Hey...CNN...How about justice for Ambassador Chris Stevens???

      July 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
      • Raul

        Hey, Don, you teahadists have beaten that to death. How about justice for the people killed in the 53 embassy attacks under Bush's watch? Or outrage at Congress only having 3 investigative meetings for ALL 53 total? Huh? Save you faux outrage and stay where you belong, on Faux news. Sickening little partisan "make sure Obama is a one-term POTUS" cheerleading teavangelical moron!

        July 20, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      I think a shot into the air might have done the trick and saved a life at the same time.

      July 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
  6. Don

    CNN....Showing its liberal-progressive race-baiting ways. You're sick in the head to even print this garbage. You frame up the whole issue as race and that those "white" (read racist) churches are SUPPOSED to be mad and AGREE with those who believe the ignorance you peddle.
    The damage YOU (CNN) cause the black community with this methodology of yours can't be calculated...because you purposefully kick the non-existent hornets nest just to then produce your trash you call "coverage" when people react.

    July 20, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
    • Akira

      This is an essay by Jeffrey Weiss, as supposed "religious" reported from Dallas. I wonder what his motives are, as well.
      He is supposed to be an award winning "journalist", but for the life of me, I can't figure out why.
      Everything I have ever read by him is blatently biased. If he truly is a reporter, he sucks at it.

      July 20, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
      • Mepalma

        He won an award.....probably for being a sleazy fuck. Nobody said his awards were deserved or good.

        July 20, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
        • Akira

          Tell me about it. I wonder if the gold star he got in third grade is what he considers "winning an award"?

          July 20, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
  7. Colin

    What Trayvon Martin got was justice what Trayvon Martin should have got was grace

    July 20, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      Sorry, it's just as stupid as every other time you've posted it.

      July 20, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
    • Colin

      Ooops what I meant to say was
      What Trayvon Martin got was dead what Trayvon Martin should have got was the hell out of the Cracker Barrel

      July 20, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
    • Colin

      There are a lot of Colins in this world Tom Colins comes to mind. And the statement is profound and Truth personified!

      July 20, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
  8. Sam Yaza

    what can you do the "judge" manipulated the juries what was with the deal of telling them not to think about what Zimmerman did following up to the gun shot. Zimmerman was clearly harassing and threatening the youth, who stood his ground against his attacker, but they were only allowed to make a decision based of the first strike, which Trayvon did if anything Trayvon was guilty of aggravated assault (bashing Zimmerman head on the ground) however this action was in self defense

    "the prosecutor" went for Murder one, which he know damn well he couldn't get. should have went for manslaughter and criminal harassment.

    the Juries are not with out fault, their guilty of not knowing the Juries right to vote their conscious. not knowing ones right is always the persons fault

    July 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      that's my opinion as a lawyer any ways.

      July 20, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
  9. Colin

    Homeboy brought mma to a gunfight. We know who won, church can't change that.

    July 20, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
    • Rayche

      ZIMMERMAN was the one training in mma. Why didn't HE use it? Oh, that's right, because he started a fight and was losing, so out came the backup. Do you know anything about this case?? Loser.

      July 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
    • Colin

      Yes. Zimmerman is not guilty and Trayvon is dead.

      July 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
      • Rayche

        I'm aware of that, yet you keep bringing up bull. Why?

        July 20, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
      • Colin

        You asked for the facts those are the facts, who is the loser? YOU !

        July 20, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
        • Rayche

          The fact is that you are gloating and trying to hide it by pretending to be pious. Why bring up mma at all and call TM "homeboy" when you know that it's going to be deliberately imflammatory? Yeah, TM is dead. I agree with the verdict, there was doubt. You're not doing anything different that the preachers are doing, you hypocrite. You're just fanning the flames!!

          July 20, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
    • Colin

      Not only are you a loser it appears you are a liar as well.

      July 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
      • Rayche

        Where did I lie??

        July 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
      • Colin

        lie #1 I am not gloating. Loser and liar proof positive. Point of fact all your assumptions are wrong.

        July 20, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
        • Rayche

          Oh, pardon me, I should have said "you appear to be gloating. Allegedly." Just like all of the thing alleged against TM. Whatever. I'm dome with you. Take your supposed grace and shove it. You are about as far from Christian as it is possible you get and still be labeled one.

          Freaking troll.

          Yeah, GZ was found not guilty and TM is dead. End of story.

          July 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
  10. Candiano

    I see a lot more plantation farmers that are pissed off about it.

    July 20, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
  11. niknak

    Way past time for it to be melted down and recycled into something useful.

    July 20, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
  12. Dippy

    It's me, not myself. Unless you were the doctor.

    July 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
  13. niknak

    You do a very poor job trying to imitate black people.
    But I am flattered that you have taken the time to jack my screen name.
    Please try to do a better job of impersonating me.

    July 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

      So, was that not you consistently referring to white people as 'c.rackers'? If it wasn't then I imagine I owe you some kind of character re-evaluation.

      July 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
      • niknak

        I called Alias a crac ker, and maybe shouldn't have as I don't know her.
        But her posts indicated a level of crac kerism that I disdain.

        But I stand by my opinion that the vast majority of racism and acts of violence based on skin color go one way, from white to black.
        They have ever since blacks were imported here.

        And under that backdrop, how can you not see the anger in the black community when yet again, a black person is killed and nothing happens?
        It was not even deemed necessary to do a murder investigation until 45 days after the shooting, and only because the family got some national exposure of what had happened.

        Had this happened to any one of your family members you would be just as outraged.
        Yet when Trayvon Martin's family gets outraged, everyone yells race card.

        July 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
      • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

        From my experience, everybody is racist, black, white, Hispanic and Asian. These days, white people express their racism far less because they are scrutinized far more for it. Hispanic and black people are often overtly racist, yet feign innocence when confronted about it. I've even heard black people say that it's impossible for them to be racist, normally after they make a racist slur. It's human nature to divide and race has always been the most evident basis for division.

        July 20, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
      • niknak

        How can you read the news and still say that Dave?
        When was the last time a group of blacks ran over a white guy, or dragged one behind their car, or burned a cross in some white guys yard, or beat a white motorist?
        And those are just the overt examples of people being targeted because of their skin color.
        How about the little non violent ones, like being pulled over by the police for no other reason then DWB?
        I have black friends who are college degreed family types who would not dare go to the suburbs as they have had horrible experiences there. From not getting served in restos, to having the police pull them over and detain them for hours.

        This does not happen to white people.

        It has gotten better, at least on the surface. We have a half black prez, although he still gets death threats because of it.

        My first wife was Mexican, and I never got any hassle because I was white.
        Yet we had some very ugly things happen to us when we went to the South, and even here out in the burbs just because of my wife's darker skin color.

        So show us some examples of this Hispanic and black hate towards whites, because I have never seen it.

        July 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
      • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

        What you said was pure conjecture, you're not providing evidence either. Also, your defense of the use of c.racker is indicative of what I was saying. My personal experiences are of a verbal nature, but there are websites which look at black on white crime.

        http://www.google.com/url?q=http://violenceagainstwhites.wordpress.com/the-hate-crimes-you-dont-hear-about/&sa=U&ei=Zv3qUb_7FomO7Qbd5YHYCA&ved=0CCkQFjAF&usg=AFQjCNE6yGtQOupBqByDMjP5WDzI4Na9gw

        July 20, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
    • Akira

      That would entail thought, and name stealers are noticeably deficient in that area.

      July 20, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
      • faith

        Perhaps the atheists who celebrate religious rituals (#6) are actually celebrating the pagan rituals that pre-dated the christian ones we have now. Celebrating the pagan rituals doesn't mean we're pagans because being atheist means not believing in any god. Partaking in these rituals with the pagans in mind is just acknowledgement of a history that goes back further than the Catholic Church. This is a fun article to read being an atheist. I can go through here and identify which numbers I resemble and which ones closely match my friends.

        July 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm |
      • Akira

        @faith,
        That's nice, but what does that have to do with name stealers?

        July 20, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
    • niknak

      So many niknaks, so little time.
      Seems I have hit a nerve.

      July 20, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    There should be a law against people like you.

    July 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
  15. There is no black or white...

    I challenge one person to find a makeup foundation that is either 'black' or 'white' in color. There is not one person on planet earth that is born 'black' or 'white'.

    Whoever came up with this color codification is WRONG. Get rid of this color codification.

    If you don't like your skin color then paint yourself Blue. Don't project your insecurities on others.

    July 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
    • Jamie

      Racism has no place in church. This trial has no place inside the church. It belongs to the media and others who want to exploit this to suit their agenda.

      July 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
    • Miss Chocolate Mom

      I have to agree, there are no black or white. I don't want to be blue though, but blue shoes are nice.

      July 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • Trevor

      Good point, wonder who came up with this nonsensical color classification? They should stop referring to people as black or white.

      July 20, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
    • niknak

      True enough.
      Malcolm X succinctly this out when he said;
      "I am not black, but more of a brownish color.
      And you are not white, but more of a pinkish color."

      July 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
      • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

        To be fair, he also believed (or at least belonged to the organization which hypothesized) that white people were created by an evil scientist Yakub.

        July 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
        • niknak

          They weren't??

          July 20, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
  16. mzh

    This racism things are totally man made... Islam does not allow any kinda racism...

    Here the Quran clearly teaches about racism:

    49:13 – O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes that you may know one another. so that they get to know each other by their nation or tribe.

    Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said clearly in last speech for the mankind:

    All mankind is from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab; white has no superiority over black, nor does a black have any superiority over white; [none have superiority over another] except by piety and good action.

    One of ten companions who has been blessed is Black, his name is Bilal, he was a slave, he was tortured by his master just to disbelieve in Islam but he knew the truth and he was willing to give his life but not to accept false the idol worship (polytheist)...

    I hope this racism will go away from the mankind...

    July 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • I wonder

      mzh,
      "I hope this racism will go away from the mankind..."

      Yes, and all other sorts of divisiveness. Unfortunately, humans are mammals who like to stick with and defend their pack (tribe, religion, race, nationality, gang). We'd better get over _all_ of that stuff.

      July 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
      • mzh

        Everything takes time... we have African American president where i think decades earlier none perhaps imagined...

        So, just be patient...

        July 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
        • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

          In Africa, they'd likely say of Obama if he were a president of an African country "We have a white president".

          July 20, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
    • Saraswati

      And yet it doesn't seem to make any difference on how south and southeast asian guestworkers are treated like slaves across the middle east.

      July 20, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
      • mzh

        It may fall under the business as everyone intends to make money by cheap labor... i think this exist in most of the countries... the rich take advantages of the poor... i went to pilgimage in 2008 and i met lots of south east asians and south asians and they are not being treated good... but then i also seen in other angle which is these ppl at least they are having an employment which they can't get in their own land and it helps to provide for their families...

        But i agree with you that this is not correct way to treat ppl... i think it happens everywhere and in USA it happens in very high level and ppl like us in middle or lower middle or lower class does not get impacted... its just an assumption...

        July 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
  17. Colin

    Trayvon got his justice but what Trayvon Martin really needed was grace.

    July 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      I could not disagree more. Trayvon did not get "justice."

      When you make an obviously inflammatory and non-mainstream statement, you need to show your reasoning.

      July 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • Jack

      You've posted this on every page so far, and you've been wrong on all of them.
      What Trayvon needed was a gun of his own. Alas, not being a "neighborhood watch" man, being only 17 years old, and not having a daddy who was a magistrate that could help him obtain one fraudulently, he didn't get one.

      What Zimmerman needed was some grace of his own.

      July 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
      • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

        Was Zimmerman's gun fraudulently obtained?

        July 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
    • Colin

      we all deserve justice and justice will find everyone who resides outside of grace.

      July 20, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
      • Akira

        Please provide proof that Trayvon resided out of grace. Thank you.

        July 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
        • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that

          As an atheist, I'm not exactly sure what 'grace' is, but Martin lived, or at the very least envisioned himself as living, a 'thug' life, which seems rather graceless.

          July 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
        • Akira

          I'd have to say that given Zimmerman's past assaults and violence against women, he lived a pretty "thuggish" life himself. I doubt he lived in Colin's vaulted "grace" himself.

          July 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
      • Colin

        Those under grace rarely punch a hispanic in the nose then go mma on him.

        July 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
        • Candiano

          Was Zimmerman acting out of grace?

          July 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
      • Colin

        Protecting the innocents in the neighborhood from violence. What do you think?

        July 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
        • Candiano

          I think that Trayvon was innocent right up until that confrontation, and Zimmerman is most certainly NOT in a state of grace.
          I think instead of preventing violence, Zimmerman helped precipitate it.
          I think you are glad that Trayvon is dead, and you are hiding behind your so-called "grace" bs to hide the fact that you ARE glad he's dead.
          Both of them were flat out wrong, and neither of them are/were angels.
          I think you are a racist hiding behind the cloak of religion, and you aren't any damned better than the Sharptons hiding behind theirs.
          That's what I think.

          July 20, 2013 at 6:23 pm |
        • Colin

          You can be wrong if you want to be and based on your nom de plume it is none of your business anyway. Go suck a moose ,eh?

          July 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
        • Candiano

          My name is Joe Candiano, and I'm from New York, you idiot. Where's your grace now?

          July 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
        • Colin

          Same difference Go suck a sewer rat then.

          July 20, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
        • Candiano

          No thanks, I'm not gay. Thanks for your offer though, you'll have to get your money for your pimp elsewhere.

          July 20, 2013 at 6:54 pm |
        • Colin

          Gay is a word stolen by qu eers to hide a vile sin, odd you should choose that interpretation you being from new york and all.

          July 20, 2013 at 6:57 pm |

        • Colin has a familiar style of trolling. I wonder what its handle used to be?

          July 20, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
        • Colin

          Previously known as Colin

          July 20, 2013 at 7:51 pm |
  18. Cpt. Obvious

    What could a "white" church say that would not be considered offensive by the black community? If I were a pastor at a white church, I would simply find a sensible comment already made by a famous Black person and play the recording.

    July 20, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • I wonder

      Isn't the fact that there _is_ a "Black Community" racist? It's racially-oriented and race-specific...

      July 20, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
      • caratime2

        Why is there a "white community" would be a better question. If there had never been a situation where whites excluded non-whites, there would just be a community. In other words: Don't place the blame on those forced to react, but rather on those who – in hubris – acted to separated themselves from their fellow human beings.

        July 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
      • Saraswati

        Any time a group of people are viewed less favorably by another group that group will cluster into a community so that its own set of dominant values are what the members must measure themselves against, not those imposed by the external group. This is normal human behavior and all normally functioning people behave in the same manner under these conditions.

        July 20, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
  19. niknak

    To anyone who has noticed;
    someone has taken my screen name and has posted an opinion that is not mine.
    It is below on page 4.
    Sorry if anyone responded thinking it was me.
    I don't hold that view, never did.

    July 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
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