To Charlottesville from Ferguson

As I shook hands at the door after one of our services on Sunday, a parishioner came up to me. He was nearly in tears. He reminded me that he had recently moved to New York City from Charlottesville.

Even at that early moment, he could probably sense that Charlottesville–one of the most liberal cities in the South–was about to become a by-word for racial hatred and violence.

Another parishioner rightly urged our parish to take a strong stand on this issue. I believe we can do that, because racial tolerance is not an optional virtue to be acquired or not as the spirit moves you. This is no place for Anglican comprehensiveness. The Broad Church of Jesus Christ isn’t broad enough to include racists and anti-Semites. —J. Douglas Ousley

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One Response to “To Charlottesville from Ferguson”

  1. Maryann Caliri says:

    I will start off by saying that I am NOT a fan of the Ku Klux Klan. As much as I dislike them they also have a right to free speech and they did have a permit to demonstrate unlike that other group that came in with helmuts and weapons. Yes, there were crazies there on both sides and unfortunately, a couple of crazies killed and injured people by purposely running over people. Hopefully these people will be identified, tried and convicted.

    As far as Fergurson is concerned a 300 pound ‘crazy’ was punching a police officer, who was in his vehicle, in the face with one hand which trying to get his gun with the other hand. Afterwards a racist violent group claimed that the police office shot his while his hands were up. This was proven to be a lie by a grand jury with black witnesses that told the truth and described that really happened. THE OFFICER FIRED IN SELF-DEFENSE. This officers career was ruined by a racist violent group.

    THERE IS NO ROOM FOR VIOLENCE BY ANY GROUP.

    Withholding my name because of multiple violent groups.

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