By Steve Freeman
President, Tennessee Baptist Convention
As I write this article, our nation continues to struggle with the horrific events of Charlottesville, Va., that took place on the weekend of Aug. 11-12 when thousands of white supremacists gathered to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park. Along with those white supremacist protesters came a group of counter-protesters.
As one could assume, violence broke out among the groups. As discourse escalated, one deranged man protesting on the supremacist side, drove his car into a group of counter-protesters. This evil and violent act led to the death of one pedestrian and injured countless others. This was a weekend that outlined the atrocity of the great evil of racial discrimination that exists in our nation and abroad. I used the word “evil,” because we must understand first and foremost that racism in any form is evil — crafted by the devil himself as an attack on the crown jewel of God’s creation — the human race. [Read more…]