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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Why We Must Heed Bishop Blake's Advice on Improving Race Relations

Bishop Charles E. Blake (Facebook )
Our nation is horrified by the violence and death that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

My longtime friend Bishop Charles Blake, presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, issued a statement which we carried on Charisma News today, but I decided to use it as a guest editorial in my Strang Report in order to get the word out. I humbly ask you to share it.

Those of you who followed me in 2012 remember the tragedy that happened with Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, just two miles from my office. While the circumstances were very different, it let me see how deep the racial divide is in our community. But I also saw God work when people of faith stood up and got involved to make a difference. Please heed what Bishop Blake had to say:

Bishop Charles E. Blake: All People of Faith Must Condemn White Supremacy

By Bishop Charles E. Blake

The violence, hatred and white supremacy on display in Charlottesville, Virginia, must be condemned by all people of faith and goodwill. The injuries and death suffered by those supporting an end to the commemoration of the Confederacy are deeply saddening. We also regret any harm to their opponents. Our hearts go out to all who were hurt and we call for an end to the violence.

What transpired in Charlottesville, with a vehicle charging a group of protesters, leaving one dead and 19 injured, is an act of domestic terrorism. On this point, one must be perfectly clear. Had the driver been identified as an Arab or a Muslim, is there any question that such an act of violence ... 

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