(Tea Party 247) – A group of pastors is stepping up to the plate as Christian statues, churches, and religious art are targeted by the angry mob of radical leftists that has taken our national dialogue into stranglehold in recent weeks.
The most recent assault on our most sacred values has been a claim that “European Jesus” somehow furthers “white supremacy,” in a thinly-veiled display of the deep-seated anti-Western values of the far-left, Black Lives Matter-adjacent protest movement.
The pastors gathered in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), or Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP), this week to denounce the inclusion of Christian symbols as part of the protests over the death of a black man in police-custody in Minneapolis, Fox News Channel reported.
Brian Gibson, pastor of HIS Church with campuses in Owensboro and Henderson, Kentucky; and Amarillo and Dumas, Texas, was particularly angered by black activist Shaun King’s call to “tear down” statues and images of Jesus Christ because they were a form of “white supremacy.”
“Christians across America must stand against this violent religious discrimination and stand to protect sacred ground,” said Gibson, who presides over a megachurch. “This threat particularly targets the Catholic Church, and every Christian, despite denomination, and every person of the good book, should stand together in unity against this evil.”
In addition to King’s claim, St. John’s Episcopal Church next to Lafayette Park across from the White House has been vandalized twice, including being set on fire, during widespread protests.
Gibson and the pastors joining him have formed the Church Defensive Initiative, which has vowed to pursue prosecution of anyone who vandalizes churches and also seeks hate crime designations for any attempt to desecreate a chuch’s property or religious symbols.
They also affirm the right of churches to use physical force to protect their property and members.
“Next they’ll go for the cross,” said Pastor Kedrick Timbo of Evangel World Prayer Center in Louisville, Kentucky. “They’ll claim the cross is ‘whatever,’ and then they’ll require you and me to remove the crosses from our churches or the crosses from our homes.”
Gibson, who has previously been a vocal advocate for church exemptions to coronavirus social distancing regulations.
He has urged religious leaders “not allow our Christian heritage to be erased in America.”
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