Tomorrow morning, when black congregations will once again gather for what will surely be emotional church services, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (who has a racist past of his own) has announced how he plans to protect those churches in his part of Arizona.
He’s going to “send armed volunteer posse members” to those churches.
He said the Rev. Jarrett Maupin, who describes himself as a Progressive Baptist preacher and civil-rights campaigner on his Facebook page, asked him to provide the protection because he was worried about problems with white supremacists in the area.
“I am the elected sheriff of this county. He asked me to help, and I’m going to help,” Arpaio said Friday.
I don’t mind that he’s helping out a church that requested it, but what about the rest of them?
In the Phoenix area, indications are that not all of the churches involved want posse members patrolling near their pulpits. When told of one pastor’s concerns, Arpaio said at a press conference, “But I’ll tell you, he’s going to get them whether he likes them or not.”
He’s going to get them whether he likes them or not.
Reader Brian pointed out a relevant bit of hypocrisy in all this:
If gay marriage is legalized, no one is going to force church pastors to perform such ceremonies against their will. Conservatives love to say otherwise, but liberals have no desire to force private churches to accommodate their wishes.
And yet even though some of these church leaders are openly saying they don’t want armed guards to “protect” them tomorrow, a conservative government official is saying they have to accept it anyway.
Tell me again why church leaders speak out against liberals pushing their agenda on them?
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