The violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12 which led to the death of one person have prompted Christian leaders to condemn white supremacism, maintaining that hatred and racism are unacceptable.
On Saturday, one person died and 26 others were injured when white nationalists’ protest against the planned removal of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s statue took a violent turn and a car plowed through counter-protesters. In the wake of the tragic incident, religious leaders took to social media to condemn white nationalism and insist that such a violent act is unchristian, the Christian Broadcasting Network detailed.
Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission head Russell Moore posted a Twitter statement calling the Alt-Right movement satanic and anti-Christ.
Kay Warren, the wife of Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, said Christian churches have no room for supremacist ideologies.
“This is NOT the way of the cross or the savior who died on it,” Kay Warren said on Twitter. “There is no place for alt-right ideologies in our churches or in our country.”
Rev. Franklin Graham, on the other hand, quoted Ephesians 4:31 as he called on people to pray for authorities and those who lost their loved ones in the Charlottesville protest. The Scripture he cited urges Christians to rid themselves of “all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”
A day after the deadly Charlottesville protests, an angry crowd attacked the organizer of the rally when he tried to hold a press conference near City Hall. Jason Kessler said the violent protest was a result of law enforcers’ failure, but hundreds of people booed him and he was pushed and tackled by two people who approached the lectern, CBS News reported.
In the end, Kessler asked state troopers to help him and they later led him out of the area. The crowd grew more aggressive, but no one was reportedly arrested during the news conference.
However, authorities arrested four individuals in connection with the bloody clashes. This included 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio, who was spotted in surveillance footage ramming his car at high speed on a crowd of counter-protesters.