This weekend President Donald Trump will attend the opening of the new Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi at the invitation of Governor Phil Bryant. The announcement has attracted national headlines, especially as civil rights leaders like Representative John Lewis have responded with intentions to boycott the opening ceremony in protest of the President’s attendance. “I think his presence would make a mockery of everything that people tried to do to redeem the soul of America and to make this country better,” Lewis told reporters this week as the White House lambasted his decision.
We find our communities in need of ‘the good news’ at a time of exasperated anxiety and fears from political divisions. However, if Monday’s rally in Chattanooga provided any indication, we are compelled as local clergy and faith leaders to ask why the good news Franklin Graham preached sounds so different than that of Jesus.
All people of conscience and courage (family and pet friendly!) were invited to rally at Elmington Park (corner of West End and Bowling Avenues) followed by a silent march to the nearby Nashville residence of Senator Lamar Alexander to hold a candlelight vigil. This was a peaceful, lawful vigil urging Senator Alexander to consider the damage he will inflict on millions of American families if he votes for this cruel legislation.