CBS News's John Bentley spent Palm Sunday at the United Church of Christ and was handed this press release:
“Nearly three weeks before the 40th commemorative anniversary of the murder of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Reverend Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.’s character is being assassinated in the public sphere because he has preached a social gospel on behalf of oppressed women, children, and men in America and around the globe.”
“It saddens me to see news stories reporting such a caricature of a congregation that has been such a blessing to the UCC’s wider church mission,” said the Rev. John H. Thomas, UCC General Minister President. “It’s time for us to say ‘no’ to these attacks and declare that we will not allow anyone to undermine or destroy the ministries of any of our congregations in order to serve their own narrow political or ideological ends.”
Moss [Rev. Otis Moss, III, Pastor] added, “The African American Church was born out of the crucible of slavery and the legacy of prophetic African American preachers since slavery has been and continues to heal broken marginalized victims of social and economic injustices. This is an attack on the legacy of the African American Church which led and continues to lead the fight for human rights in America and around the world.”
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Marc Ambinder is a senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.