Activist who took down Confederate flag drew on her faith and on new civil rights awakening

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Bree Newsome walks behind a police officer after her arrest.

Brittany "Bree" Newsome is arrested after the Confederate flag was removed from a pole at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C., on June 27, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Adam Anderson *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-NEWSOME-FAITH, originally transmitted on July 13, 2015.

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HOT SPRINGS, N.C. (RNS) Speaking at the Wild Goose Festival, Bree Newsome said she prepared for her mission, scaling the 30-foot flagpole outside the South Carolina Statehouse, by rereading the biblical story of David and Goliath.

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  • Greg1

    The symbolic gesture of taking down the Confederate flag from the Confederate memorial in Columbia SC will do very little to correct the problems we face. The biggest problem with the black community is the breakdown of the traditional family. The sad reality is that over 85% of black kids are born to single mothers. That is a recipe for failure, as there is no father in the house to instill discipline, morals, manners, etc., and when kids raise themselves, the problem only worsens. Of course this is not specific to the black communities, but it is very bad there. It will only improve once the traditional family returns. And when that happens, our society will have a better future, one that is focused on God, and neighbor. And Ms. Newsome (see article) should now focus her efforts in a way that will have more long lasting results: the return of the traditional family, and a complete uninhibited return to God. We can all learn from those families how forgiveness quells the Devil.

  • Greg1

    Tieta, we need to distinguish between mortal sin, and venial sin. John wrote about it in the Bible: 1John 5:16-17 “If any one sees his brother committing what is not a mortal sin, he will ask, and God will give him life for those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin which is mortal; I do not say that one is to pray for that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin which is not mortal”
    Most of the sins against morality are mortal, or sins of death (hell), venial sins will send a soul to Purgatory (1Cor. 3:13-15).

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  • Greg1

    Tieta I should have said “unrepented” venial sins. And you are correct, Abraham’s bosom no longer exists, but Purgatory has been understood in the Church since the First Century. And the Bible is clear on it: Luke 12:58-59: “As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison. I tell you, you will never get out till you have paid the very last copper.”
    This parable is an allusion to judgment after death. Also read 1Cor. 3:13-15 very slowly and carefully.
    The Early Church Fathers, Cyprian for example speak of it: “…when cast into prison, not to go out thence until one has paid the uttermost farthing…It is one thing, tortured by long suffering for sins, to be cleansed and long purged by fire… ;another to be at once crowned by the Lord.” (Letters 51:20 [253 AD]).

  • Tieta

    Greg1-We can just agree to disagree but there’s no purgatory! Once
    the person goes to hell the judgment is final and thanks for feedback.

  • Fmr Cath

    I, for one, will be ecstatic when ALL FALSE RELIGION is done away with. If you claim to be a Christian but you willfully break the law(s) then you have taken a stand against God who allows the secular authorities to rule for the time being.
    Romans 13:1-2 Let every person be in subjection to the superior authorities, for there is no authority except by God; the existing authorities stand placed in their relative positions by God. 2 Therefore, whoever opposes the authority has taken a stand against the arrangement of God; those who have taken a stand against it will bring judgment against themselves.
    God is a lover of justice. He will see that justice is served. It’s not our place to force God’s hand or plans…

  • Fran

    Fmr Cath,

    I can hardly wait for that (your first sentence) to happen as well!!

  • Thank you for helping to illustrate the folly of biblical morality.

    By your logic – the logic of the Bible, in your view – participants in the abolitionist movement to end slavery prior to the U.S. Civil War also were rebels against your god’s will. Likewise, those who challenged feudal monarchs, who fought in the Crusades, who fought against Nazi, Fascist, and Communist regimes, and tyrants too numerous to mention, all ran afoul of your biblical injunction against taking a stand against unjust government. In your view, they brought judgment on themselves for taking a moral stand where your god remained silent, in tacit support of any and all governments, regardless of their moral virtue (or lack thereof).

    So again, thank you for reminding us all that the Bible is no proper guide to morality.

  • Larry

    John Oliver put it best in describing people celebrating the taking down of the flag. Its one of those things which is both an achievement but kinda shameful that it took so long. Like a 50 year old losing their virginity. 🙂

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  • VG

    Flag and truck it was on is private property. The statehouse and the flag on are not private property. Big difference. Learn your laws and the application of them. The person on the truck had many rights violated by the vandal who went after him.

  • Greg,
    I am not a Christian. I am a Sikh. This young lady performed an act of love. For me the act of civil-disobedience she performed was focused on G-O-D. I understand you have a very conservative of how you view the world, the nation, and faith. Ms. Newsome is a bold Christian, acting with devotion. Her actions were fearless. Her action was G-O-D.As for the “devil”, you may remember Jesus said _”….lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”. G-O-D is the Doer. All action, no mater for love or hate is G-O-D. The devil is your mind which doesn’t see God in her action. She was praying as she ripped that flag from its mast. Its not flag coming down which will solve the ills of mankind, but its faith like Ms. Newsome. Its fearlessness and devotion, commitment of one’s faith which opens the heart and conquers the mind. The dialogue happening now is about healing the Soul of a Nation. G-O-D has arranged this and the 9 who sacrificed their lives opened the door to this…

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  • Susan

    Well said.

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