Richard Groves: Preachers and politics

The Watch Dog response: I feel churches should be able to be political. I strongly believe this was set up for the black church to not be vocal. But that is just my ignant opinion.

The parade of speakers at the Republican and Democratic national conventions was awesome — a former president, the current president and first lady, assorted politicians, sports figures and entertainers. And two of the most popular speakers, with their bases, at least, were — preachers?

The Rev. Mark Burns and the Rev. William Barber had delegates to their respective conventions on their feet chanting and shouting.

But no sooner had they completed their hour upon the stage than social media began lighting up with questions about (a) the legality of religious figures participating in partisan politics and (b) the propriety of doing so.

The Rev. Mark Burns, pastor of the Harvest Praise and Worship Center in Easley, S.C., and cofounder of NOW, a Christian television network, offered the benediction on the first evening of the RNC and spoke on the last evening. (As a surrogate, Burns spoke when Donald Trump visited Winston-Salem recently.) (Winston Salem Journal)


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