From Protestant preachers to Jewish cantors to Catholic nuns, religious leaders of a range of faiths demonstrated in the nation’s capital for racial justice, criticizing the silence of some within their own ranks on the subject of white supremacy and questioning the morality of Trump administration policies.
In a tumultuous press conference on Tuesday, President Trump attempted to clarify why he did not initially denounce the white supremacists who rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday and carried out a violent vehicle attack.
Many of us are left standing in the ashes of recent events, half bewildered and half enraged, not really knowing what the next step is. We post on social media, we hashtag Charlottesville prayers, and express our pain and confusion—but even then we wonder, is it enough?
Aside from condemnation of their ideology, my husband and I and our Charlottesville church simply will not give these people our attention. And we will also not be one-day activists who aren't interested in faithful, gritty work in this community. We will instead be Christians.
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