Christians Are Part Of Black Lives Matter, Co-Founder Reminds Pat Robertson
Written by Black Voices on September 14, 2020
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors is pushing again towards televangelist Pat Robertson’s declare that the motion she helped construct is “destroying” Christianity, calling Robertson’s suggestion “inflammatory and harmful.”
The 90-year-old Christian Broadcasting Community founder had disparaged the Black Lives Matter motion as a “stalking horse for a really, very radical anti-family, anti-God agenda.”
“They’re speaking about destroying, basically, Christianity as being racist,” Robertson mentioned Thursday on an episode of his present “The 700 Membership.”
“In fact we wish to stand with oppressed individuals towards police brutality, however we don’t wish to associate with a lesbian, anti-family, anti-capitalist, Marxist revolution. We don’t need that for America.”
Cullors defended Black Lives Matter in an announcement Saturday, declaring that Christians are a part of the motion.
“To insinuate that our motion is attempting to destroy Christianity is disgraceful and outright offends our Christian siblings who’re part of our motion towards racial injustice,” Cullors mentioned.
“Black Lives Matter International Community Basis acknowledges that our imaginative and prescient might not be agreed upon by everybody, however to blatantly disregard our work and equate it to destroying a faith is reckless,” she added.
Christians have, the truth is, been a part of the protests of police brutality towards Black People for years, with clergy members performing as buffers and mediators between protesters and police ― or getting arrested themselves in acts of civil disobedience.
Robertson’s feedback in regards to the Black Lives Matter motion got here as the tv host mirrored on protests in Rochester, New York, over the dying of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died one week after police positioned a “spit hood” on his head and forcibly restrained him throughout a psychological well being disaster. Footage of the incident was launched Sept. 3, a bit over every week after the police capturing of Jacob Blake, a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and after a summer season of protests towards police brutality and racism.
Robertson had beforehand indicated some sympathy towards racial injustice protests. In June, he criticized President Donald Trump’s response to protests in Washington, D.C., after the Could 25 police killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis.
On Thursday, Robertson mentioned he believed that Black lives matter. However he added that the motion had been “hijacked” by “radicals” who’re looking for a “Marxist revolution” and wish to upend capitalism and “the nuclear household.”
Robertson has lengthy drawn criticism for his inflammatory positions on Islam, LGBTQ points and feminism. His “700 Membership” has appreciable attain ― about 650,000 U.S. households watch Robertson’s present on daily basis, in accordance with CBN. The community additionally has shut ties to President Donald Trump’s administration and repeatedly options high-ranking White Home officers as company on its applications.
Whereas Robertson’s views aren’t at all times mainstream ― even inside American evangelicalism ― his tackle Black Lives Matter isn’t that far faraway from these of his fellow white evangelicals. In June, J.D. Greear, president of America’s largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Conference, publicly said that he believes that Black lives matter. However Greear was cautious to separate himself from the group behind the motion, claiming it had been “hijacked by some political operatives.”
Most white evangelicals don’t consider that police killings of Black People are a part of a broader sample of racism in policing, in accordance with a Public Faith Analysis Institute survey carried out in June. About 72% ― greater than another non secular group surveyed ― mentioned as a substitute that police killings of Black People are remoted incidents.
Cullors co-founded the Black Lives Matter motion in 2013 in response to the acquittal of a neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teen, in Florida. Cullors has mentioned previously that she believes the combat for racial justice is a “non secular combat.” She has integrated prayer and non secular rituals into her activism for Black lives.
A number of days earlier than Robertson’s feedback, Cullors accused the correct of “demonizing” the motion and policing its spirituality.
“Assaults on African religion practices usually are not new. Assaults on indigenous religion practices usually are not new. The truth is, even assaults on charismatic practices within the black church usually are not new,” Culllors wrote in an Instagram put up on Sept. 5. “These are all ways in which white supremacy attempt to strip Black of us of divine salvation and the correct to hook up with the divine.”
Cullors, now a practitioner of the West African custom Ifa, was raised a Jehovah’s Witness. In her Saturday assertion, she mentioned she believes “Christianity was constructed on empathy; not hate.”
“It’s our hope that Pat Robertson and anybody else who believes we’re destroying Christianity with our work would be part of us in our motion as we’ll proceed to provoke these moments of division and false character accusations as gasoline to maneuver our nation and world ahead,” Cullors mentioned.
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