Tangled mix among race, religion, and politics

Written by on January 19, 2016

WHEN I CONSIDER the link between race, religion and terror in America, my thoughts go well beyond the actions of Edward Archer, who told investigators he was acting “in the name of Islam” when he was caught on video shooting Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett three times.

 For me, issues of race, terror and religion are more often connected to the religion I happen to practice Christianity. From Baptist preachers who doubled as Klan leaders in the darkest days of Jim Crow, to Bible-thumping Aryan Nation leaders who carried on the legacy of religiously inspired bigotry, self-proclaimed Christians have committed numerous acts of terror in this country. And most often, they have done so in support of America’s original sin-racism.
That’s why I was glad to learn that the American Bible Society and Biblical Theological Seminary are convening “Under My Skin,” an evening of conversations about racial issues in the Christian church. The event will take place at American Bible Society in Center City on Feb. 8.

Dr. Frank James, president of Biblical Theological Seminary, said the conversations are necessary to move beyond the troubling history of the Christian church on race.

“We need to move forward and be engaged and ask honest questions,” James told me in an interview.

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Photo: Donald Trump speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. By Gage Skidmore / Flickr Creative Commons

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