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From the Bishop (Part One)

 

I have not responded in writing to the terrible events of Charlottesville, Virginia, because I had so recently preached on the issue of white supremacy, “The Dignity of Every Human Being”. But then it occurred to me that not everyone who receives our e-blast heard that sermon, so I feel compelled to put some of it in print, particularly those points that must be made clear by all who call themselves Christian no matter what their political persuasion.

  1. Insofar as the Alt Right is a euphemism for white supremacy, we condemn it in the name of Christ as incompatible with the Gospel and our baptismal vow to respect the dignity of every human being. There is no place at the table for the discussion of white supremacy as a valid political viewpoint.  All human beings are made in the image of God, not just those who happen to look like “us.”
  2. The yearning “to go back to a white America” is based on a fiction.  This country has never been all white–ever!– not only with regard to Native Americans, but others as well.  The first slaves were brought to this country in the early 1600’s before the nation was even formed.  Over 15 million Africans were stolen from their homeland or born into slavery on American soil.  African-Americans helped build this country.  They built our cities.  They picked our cotton.  They harvested our crops and they did not reap any benefit but immense suffering and early death.   And this country has never even said “I’m sorry”. So let us not talk about the fantastical construct of some imaginary white America.  It never existed.
  3. We condemn also “false news” and “alternative facts” as incompatible with the Gospel and our baptismal vows to follow the One who identified himself as the Way and the Truth and the Life. “False news” and “alternative facts” have stoked the fires of white supremacy and given a tacit license to hatred and violence.

Blessings,

Catherine+

Part II, “Our Christian Response” (to be continued…)