The commemoration of the Holy Innocents, the children murdered by Herod’s order according to the Gospel of Matthew, falls on December 28th. The coincidence of the date has not escaped the observation of many commentators on the decision of prosecutors and a grand jury not to indict police officers for the death in November 2014 of twelve-year-old Tamir Rice in a Cleveland park.
A selection of their Tweets:
The Rev. Wil Gafney blogged “The Slaughter of the Innocents: A Lament […]
The growing #BlackLivesMatter movement has resonated with a number of religious leaders, and critics have objected, claiming that the movement has endangered the lives of police, and resulted in an increase in police deaths.
Readers on this site joined this vocal group when they voiced displeasure with The Right Reverend C. Andrew Doyle, who released a statement on the murder of Deputy Darren Goforth, claiming that Bishop Doyle had failed to name #BlackLivesMatter as dangerous and the ideological root of an upswing in attacks against police […]
The St Louis American interviewed The Very Rev. Mike Kinman, dean of Christ Church Cathedral, about his enthusiastic support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Rev. Kinman has lost some parishioners and faced some criticism from people who seem tired of hearing about the activists and the issues they raise.
From the article:
“Some people have said, ‘You’re making me feel bad, guilty, ashamed,’” Kinman said. “I get that. Christ Church Cathedral is not always an easy place to go to church. But we […]
USA Today reports that police are looking for the suspects, two white men who were caught on surveillance camera placing Confederate flags on the grounds at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, next to a #BlackLivesMatter poster last week.
From the article:
Rev. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, said leaving the flags near the church was a message of hate, not heritage.
“It is a hateful act,” he said. “I view it as an effort to intimidate us in some way, and […]
#PropheticGrief banner from Middle Collegiate Church website
The Huffington Post is running a new inter-faith series on #BlackLivesMatter, starting with The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D., who writes a moving first-hand account of her thoughts and observations following the news that a 7th church was burning.
Rev. Lewis shares the call to action of her friend, a Muslim leader, in trying to make sense of these tragedies. She connects these contemporary issues with her personal story, and shares how her parents, who lived […]
Faith leaders and activists speak out against the violence depicted in the latest viral video of police and young people of color. Is your church?
sfgate.com, has an article up looking at the issue of how to be an ally
“There are people who would like to participate, but they feel co-opted and don’t want to be aligned with the vandalism and with people throwing things at the police,” said Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, a black community leader who has participated in numerous social movements over the years. “It’s a small number that causes the trouble at the protests, but we just don’t know how […]