ELCA Leaders at National Headquarters Demonstrate 'to Bring Attention to Homicides Committed By Police'
ELCA Churchwide staff held a demonstration/die-in last week at the ELCA headquarters in Chicago. A die-in is a protest where participants simulate being dead. Here is how the ELCA explains what happened:
“Waves of protests over racial injustice blanketed the nation this week, and the ELCA churchwide staff joined that effort by gathering in front of the churchwide office in Chicago today for a prayer vigil/peaceful demonstration. Lying on the grass as a way to bring attention to homicides committed by police officers, participants called out dozens of names of people killed by police 'as a result of the color of their skin,' said a vigil organizer. #ELCA4Justice.” Posted by ELCA publication The Lutheran on facebook. (see here)
One person at the ELCA Churchwide die-in is seen holding her hands in the air similar to the “hands up, don't shoot” pose that arose from the Ferguson Missouri case and protests, as you can see here.
Everyone who supports police officers should be offended by these words and actions.
That's not all. Here are some more actions/statements the ELCA has made originating from the Michael Brown issue:
- This from the ELCA Advocacy Network: "A message to the ELCA Advocacy Network on the decision that there will be no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown
Today we are saddened. Sad that Michael Brown is dead and his family is grieving, that the deaths of young black males by police still happen too often in our communities, and that a rite of passage in young black lives is to learn survival skills for negotiating being out and about in the world and encountering law enforcement. We are also sad that police will be painted by the same broad brush, and that our justice system has left us and our neighbors wondering about its fairness.” (see here)
- This from the ELCA's Pacific Lutheran University facebook page: “Today in Red Square, PLU students, staff and faculty are staging a day of silent observation out of respect for those lost to racialized violence. All are welcome to attend to honor those voices we have lost. #PLUforJustice #FergusonDecision”
- The ELCA Presiding Bishop posted a video message about the recent events here.
- Because of the recent events the ELCA's Presiding Bishop, as well as a number of ELCA synods are is calling on ELCA members to wear black to church next Sunday (see here and here).
- Pictures from a die-in during Eucharist at the ELCA's Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. (see below or here)
12/10/2014 09:38:55 pm
Here's an idea, ELCA. In your ceaseless quest for "justice," how about rallying and demonstrating and lobbying for justice for God's preborn little lambs, over one million of whom are sacrificed each year on the altar of "choice"?
12/11/2014 07:13:00 pm
Amen! You never hear them talk about the African American unborn who are murdered, a matter of fact, targeted. What is going on is genocide and not a peep from the ELCA headquarters.
12/11/2014 02:05:28 am
The ELCA headquarters is in Chicago. Unless I missed it, I have never read one word from the ELCA about the appalling black on black murder rate in Chicago. The denomination takes a completely biased view. They only will support and speak out for one side of a very complex issue. Too bad they are not so passionate about Abortion.
12/11/2014 10:44:13 am
Whatever the idiot mob does, ELCA "leaders" do likewise.
12/11/2014 02:29:23 pm
I recommend reading David Horowitz's article, "The Left's War Against Justice and Peace" at http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/david-horowitz/the-lefts-war-against-justice-and-peace/
12/11/2014 02:38:34 pm
There were 415 murders in Chicago in 2013 Where is the out cry?
12/12/2014 10:21:26 am
where is the outcry against pp and it's targeting of minorities for the murder of the unborn children?
12/21/2014 11:58:46 am
Well they finally got what they wished for. Mayor DeBlasio, Al Sharpton and Holder have blood on their hands. They should be put on trial for what they have done.
1/22/2015 09:12:27 am
In a recent case involving an ELCA pastor charged with sex crimes,* the ELCA synod bishop said "I intend to wait for the court process to run its course before we consider how to carry out the ELCA's discipline process in [the accused pastor's] situation." That, of course, is entirely appropriate. But when police officers are accused of wrongdoing, ELCA leaders say nothing about reserving judgment until the legal process runs its course. Instead, they associate themselves with rioters who chant "What do we want? Dead cops!"
3/14/2015 06:41:39 am
"If a thief is caught breaking in and is struck so that he dies, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed." (Exodus 22:2)
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