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The United Church of Christ and the Bullying of a Black College

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the-united-church-of-christ-and-the-bullying-of-a-black-collegeThe American Spectator:

The Ruling Class — religious division — stomps its feet in temper tantrum

Jeffrey Lord

Jan. 10 2017




The headline my fellow member of the United Church of Christ saw was, indeed, astounding if not surprising. Wrote this former colleague on the UCC regional board of directors from our area of Pennsylvania: “Have our church leaders gone off the deep end??? How can they continue to claim to be uniters, and inclusive?”


Good question. Here’s the headline she flagged on the United Church of Christ News website:


UCC leaders call on Talledega [sic] College to avoid participation in Presidential Inaugural Parade



The story opens this way as written, bold print for emphasis supplied:



The national leaders of the United Church of Christ have reached out to the president of Talledega [sic] College, one of the denomination’s Historically Affiliated Black Colleges, about his decision to allow the Alabama school’s marching band to participate in next week’s presidential inauguration parade.


The Revs. John Dorhauer, Traci Blackmon and James Moos, in a letter to President Billy Hawkins of Talledega [sic] College, are asking for a dialogue in hopes of removing the Marching Tornadoes from the parade roster at the inauguration of president-elect Donald J. Trump.


The national officers of the UCC, which is a longstanding investor and supporter of Talladega College, are concerned about the impact of Hawkins’ decision on the legacy of the institution of higher learning “founded by two formerly enslaved people of African descent who understood the education of black children as essential to the permanence of newly established liberties,” the letter states. “It seems incongruent that a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) with such rich and significant history would now agree to participate in the inaugural ceremonies of a man whose political platform and proposed cabinet appointments are the antithesis of the very principles on which Talladega College was founded.”




In other words? The officers of the UCC were bullying a UCC-sponsored black college thusly: Don’t march in the 45th president’s inaugural parade because we liberals can’t stand him. You are supposed to be one of us. Do it our way or you will be financially punished. Adhere to our far-left demands or else. To which, Talladega President Hawkins, ever so politely and in the most Christian of terms, told the UCC leadership “thanks, but no thanks.” AKA, go pound sand.



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